BUZZ LIGHTYEAR’S SPACE RANGER SPIN
Without a doubt, the one attraction that my family has been on the most is Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. I have a four-year-old son, and it has been his favorite ride since his first trip at just ten-months-old. Back then, he didn’t know how to shoot at the targets, but it didn’t matter… The ride is just plain fun to be on, and it’s even more fun for him now that he can fully operate it.
It also helps that the ride is based on one the most iconic Disney-pixar movies of all time: Toy Story!
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is located in Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom, between Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor and the Carousel of Progress.
Fastpass+ is available for this attraction, so you will find two entrances side-by-side, with the Fastpass+ entrance on the right. On busy days, the stand-by queue winds around the outside of the building. Unfortunately, the theming doesn’t really begin until you enter the building. Inside, the lighting is dim and you can hear Buzz in the distance. There isn’t much to look at until you get to the end, but boy, it is well worth it! Just before you get to the vehicle-loading area, there is a large Viewmaster scrolling through images, and a human-sized animatronic Buzz Lightyear sending you off on your mission! It’s difficult to resist holding up the line to watch him; his movements are so lifelike and kids think it’s the greatest thing!
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is a continuous-moving interactive mission to defeat Evil Emperor Zurg from stealing batteries from helpless toys. You will travel through the neon-lit Gamma Quadrant onboard your XP-37 Star Cruiser, firing lasers from an onboard cannon at “Z” targets to gain points and reach the highest score possible.
Each ride vehicle has two cannons and a joystick to spin you around 360-degrees, either to reach all of the “Z” targets, or to make yourself really dizzy. There are several “rooms” with aliens and various spinning objects with “Z” targets everywhere. At the end, you reach Zurg and try your hardest to defeat him, while a camera captures your intense action for the ride’s