Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is Dad’s favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom and probably all of Walt Disney World. From the time you walk in the door, this ride takes you into another world. Even if you haven’t seen the Toy Story movies, you can enjoy this little gem.

This attraction first opened at Walt Disney World on November 3, 1998. The first cars had blasters that were mounted to the cars. Later versions of the ride vehicles are equipped with blasters that are held by a cord.

This ride generates lots of friendly family competition. It’s fun to see which of your family is the best shot. Dad, being a little competitive, loves to win. So Dad’s done a little research, which, of course, he didn’t share with the family, and found the targets that get the highest points.

Buzz himself gives you instructions about how to save the galaxy from the evil Emperor Zurg. You board the ride vehicle and shoot targets with a laser blaster. At the end of the ride everyone compares scores. May the best Space Cadet win.

The Preshow

When you walk into the attraction, you are transported to another world. A world found only in the movies. A life size Buzz gives you instructions about how the galactic empire is in danger from the Evil Zurg who is stealing all of the empire’s power.

The theming in the entrance is incredible. Be sure to check out all the posters, and watch Buzz as he gives directions. His facial expressions are almost human.

The Attraction

The ride is based on the movie Toy Story 2. It’s about our hero Buzz who has to take on the Evil Emperor Zurg and his evil companions?

On this ride you are put right in the middle of the action. Hop aboard your XP-37 space cruiser and shoot at targets as you race (serenely) through this adventure. You can score points by hitting the Z’s located all around the attraction. (The smaller the target the more the points.) The car spins around so you can get a better shot.

At the end of the ride, guests are awarded a rank from Space Cadet all the way up to Galactic Hero depending on the points you score.

The Postshow

When you exit Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, you get to find out how good you score was. The top scores from the day are displayed on a big board as you exit. You can also purchase pictures of you and your ride partner as you try to save the galaxy.

Fun Facts

Here are some interesting tidbits about Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin:

  • There are 10 different scenes in the ride.
  • In 2005 Disney introduced a home version of the game that connects to the ride in Disneyland.
  • There is one target in the ride that used to give you one million points, but it’s been changed to 100 points because the location was published on the internet, and too many people were scoring the maximum number of points.

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Ride Information Table

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Description: shoot a laser at targets
Height Requirement: None Genie+: Yes Length of Ride: 10 minutes
Type of ride: Indoor, spinning vehicle, shooting and aiming

Dad’s Ratings

3 5 5 5 4
Other Information: The smaller targets have higher values.

The Fine Print

Here’s some small print information

  • Handheld Captioning is available with this attraction
  • Disney Fastpass is available for this ride.
  • Guest must transfer from the wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to enjoy this attraction.
  • Flash photography is not allowed

PhotoPass Photos

Somewhere along the ride, you’ll see a big flash. Guess what? You just had your picture taken. The pictures are pretty cool. Right before the gift shop you can see the pictures and even buy them. These photos are part of Walt Disney World’s PhotoPass program, which means you can download them easily.