Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is a fun, family-friendly interactive attraction. Space Ranger Spin is in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom (Walt Disney World).
The mission: It’s time to stop the evil emperor Zurg from Toy Story 2. He’s been stealing batteries from toys to create a weapon of destruction! You can help by becoming a junior space ranger and taking out targets with Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters to defeat Zurg.
Below, we’ll discuss the details of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. Most guests will enjoy experiencing this attraction at least once during their vacation. It is the only attraction representing the Toy Story franchise at Magic Kingdom. However, additional attractions representing the movies are available at Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Here is a quick reference chart for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
|Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Yes, with Disney Genie +
Slow-Moving, Semi Dark
Seats Per Vehicle:
Early Theme Park Hours:
Extended Evening Hours:
Toy Story Fans
Interactive Gaming System with Ride
*Guests in ECVS must transfer to a wheelchair. *Details for those with mobility issues (i.e., wheelchair, ECVs) can be found on Disney’s site. An audio description and handheld captioning are available for this attraction.
Know Disney Rules When Riding With Children: Any child under the age of seven or younger must be accompanied by someone fourteen years or older.
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin Ride Review
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is a slow-moving dark ride. Guests have the opportunity to accumulate points while shooting at a variety of targets. This attraction is in Tomorrowland near Monster’s, Inc. Laugh Floor and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover.
Space Ranger Spin has a standby line and a Lightning Lane. This attraction can have long wait times throughout the day. So, it is often a suitable choice to use Disney Genie+ at this attraction.
Space Ranger Spin features our favorite intergalactic hero, Buzz Lightyear. This attraction is similar to Toy Story Mania at Hollywood Studios. However, Space Ranger Spin does not have 3-D elements. This attraction uses an omnimover ride system, similar to Haunted Mansion or Journey of the Little Mermaid.
You’ll board XP-37 space cruisers on a mission to Gamma Quadrant. Each cruiser seats two guests with two laser cannons. These cannons shoot infrared lasers to hit targets. All three can fit if you’re a party of three (one adult with two small children). But only two seats have blasters.
As your blaster hits targets, you’ll accumulate points like in a video game. A joystick in the center of the cruiser allows guests to spin their cars 360 degrees.
When scoring points, you’ll want to pull the trigger and locate the red laser from your blaster on the targets. If you can focus on the laser, you’ll do much better aiming at your target. Some guests like to keep the trigger pulled for the entirety of the ride. Targets are in the form of Zs and are located on robots, aliens, and batteries.
Like most rides of this nature, some targets are worth more than others. For instance, in the first room, shoot the robot’s left hand for bonus points and the claw for even more! Other coveted targets include the top of the volcano and the smaller batteries in the room full of batteries.
What do these points get you? Well, bragging rights. But if you reach the maximum score of 999,999, snap a photo with your mobile device. Then, show the image to the cast member in the shop at the end of the ride. They will award you with a Galactic Hero sticker or button. It’s kind of a big deal.
Space Ranger Spin has an on-ride photo opportunity about three-quarters of the way through the attraction. It’s one of those photo ops where those with a competitive nature will have a look of concentration.
Wait times for this Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin are lowest during the early morning and late evening hours. The queue will also be significantly shorter during fireworks and the afternoon parade.
At the end of the ride, you’ll exit through a dump shop that offers Pixar-themed merchandise. Here, you can browse items and preview the on-ride photo.
Other Versions of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (Disneyland Park, California)
- Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast (Disneyland Paris)
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (Tokyo)
Formerly, Hong Kong Disneyland had a version of this attraction that has since been permanently closed.
For more attractions in the nearby area, try these articles:
- Space Mountain at Disney World
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Magic Kingdom’s Astro Orbiter
- Disney World Carousel of Progress
Or preview the complete list of rides at Magic Kingdom.
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