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Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

Disneyland's newest attraction, this ride improves on the original Walt Disney World edition. Part ride and part game each space vehicle allows two people to shoot at targets throughout the ride and accumulate points. Unfortunately, only one person can control the rotation of the vehicle, so make sure you're on good terms with your co-passenger. Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters also opens a new era of interactivity, with an online adjunct for the ride that allows players at home to affect the experience of people on the ride at that same moment.

General Information - Hide Section
  • Location: Immediately to the left as you enter Tomorrowland from the Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Date Opened: 5/4/2005
  • # of Ride Units:
  • Ride Capacity: 2 adults or 1 adult and 2 small children per vehicle.
  • Restraint Method: None
  • Ticket Rating: D Ticket
  • Ride Photo: Yes
 
Time Commitment Information - Hide Section
  • Open/Close: Opens and closes with the park. Open during Magic Mornings.
  • Wait Times: Standby lines of 30 minutes or longer are common.
  • Length of Ride: 5 minutes
  • FastPass: Yes
  • Single Rider: No
  • Queue Description: The queue is used to explain the backstory for what will be happening during the ride and include a very well done Buzz Lightyear animatronic. When long, the queue will extend outside in a simple chain corral towards the Ariel's Grotto meet-and-greet area.
Access Information - Hide Section
  • Health Restriction: Should be safe for all health conditions, though ability to interact with the attraction requires holding the laser guns and repeatedly pulling a trigger. Rotating the vehicles requires manipulating a joystick.
  • Ride Access: The queue is wheelchair and ECV accessible.
  • Wheelchair Transfer: There is a wheelchair accessible ride vehicle available. When the front of the line is reached speak to a cast member for instructions.
  • Service Animals: No
  • Audio: There are spoken points during the ride but it is more atmospheric than informational.
  • Weight and Size Issues: The ride vehicles are large, particularly if you sit alone.
Parenting Information - Hide Section
  • Height Restriction: No
  • Child Swap: No
  • Other Issues: This is a fun dark ride but can be intimidating to young children. It is also loud. There are many flashing lights. Be careful that children donít aim guns at other peopleís eyes.
History and Trivia - Hide Section
  • At this location: For most of the history of Disneyland, this space was occupied by theaters showing films that used various incarnations of the Circarama proccess. The Circarama theater opened with the park in 1955 showing "A Tour of the West" and then switched to "America the Beautiful" in 1960. A new version of that film was filmed using the new nine-camera (as opposed to the original 11) Circle-Vision 360 process and began showing in 1967. This show lasted until 1984 when the theater was renamed World Premiere Circle-Vision and began showing "American Journeys." Later, "Wonders of China" from Epcot would also be shown in rotation and for a period "America the Beautiful" made a return. The theater was closed for construction of the New Tomorrowland in 1997 and much of the building was turned over to the surprisingly popular though short-lived Rocket Rods attraction. The front portion of the building was turned over to an exhibit on NASA and space exploration.

  • The Attraction's History: Only open since May 2005, the attraction has not yet had any notable changes.
  • Other Trivia
  • Sponsor history: While Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters does not have a sponsor itself, the previous resident did. Circarama was sponsored by American Motors and then later Bell Systems. When it became World Premiere Circle-Vision it was sponsored by PSA from July 4, 1984 to July 17, 1989, when Delta Airlines began a sponsorship that lasted until the end of 1995.


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