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Encyclopedia > Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
A space cruiser vehicle at Disneyland
A space cruiser vehicle at Disneyland

Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters is a popular attraction featuring characters from the Disney/Pixar film Toy Story at the Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland theme parks. Both attractions opened in 2005. It has also resided at Tokyo Disneyland as Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters since 2004, and will open at Disneyland Paris as Buzz Lightyear's Laser Blast in 2006. The ride premiered at the Magic Kingdom in 1998 as Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. The attractions use a third-generation Omnimover system, and are combination of a shooting gallery and dark rides. Image File history File linksMetadata Buzzastroblasters_logo. ... Image File history File links DisneylandMar6_051. ... Image File history File links DisneylandMar6_051. ... Disney may refer to: The Walt Disney Company and its divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures. ... Pixar Animation Studios NASDAQ: PIXR is an award-winning computer generated imagery (CGI) animation firm based in Emeryville, California (USA). ... Toy Story is a computer-generated imagery (CGI) animation film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on November 21, 1995, and the United Kingdom on 22 March 1996. ... Disneyland Park is a theme park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, USA. It is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. ... Hong Kong Disneyland (Traditional Chinese: 香港迪士尼樂園, Simplified Chinese: 香港迪士尼乐园; Cantonese Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2 dik6 si6 nei4 lok6 jyun4; Mandarin Pinyin: XiānggÇŽng Díshìní Lèyuán) is a theme park at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tokyo Disneyland is one of two theme parks in the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Castle of the Sleeping Beauty in Disneyland Park Disneyland Resort Paris is a theme park in Marne-la-Vallée, near Paris. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Magic Kingdom is a theme park covering 107 acres (433,000 m²) at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The Omnimover is a system used for Disney theme park attractions. ... Shooting is the act of causing a gun to fire at a target. ...

Screenshot of the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Online beta release.
Screenshot of the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Online beta release.

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Plot

A human-size Buzz Lightyear greets you as you walk in the ride
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A human-size Buzz Lightyear greets you as you walk in the ride

The backstory of the ride revolves around the attempts of Evil Emperor Zurg to steal the "power supplies" (i.e., batteries) used to power the space vehicles of the "Little Green Men." Participants are "Star Command" raw recruits sent to defeat Zurg. The queue area is awash in the chartreuse, white and bright blue hues of Buzz Lightyear himself. Since Buzz Lightyear is a toy, the attraction is cleverly scaled to give the illusion one has just been reduced to the size of an action figure, featuring such detail as giant, exposed Phillips screw heads and an explanation of the interactive phase of the ride that resembles a toy's instruction sheet, only on a gigantic scale. An Audio-Animatronic Buzz Lightyear figure and giant Etch-a-Sketch provide explanation of the "mission." The Buzz Lightyear figure utilizes both the latest Audio-Animatronic technology combined with an innovative video rear projection system for Buzz's face, resulting in one of the most lifelike Audio-Animatronic figures in Disney theme park history. Image File history File links Magic_Kingdom_Buzz_Lightyear-2. ... Image File history File links Magic_Kingdom_Buzz_Lightyear-2. ... Spoiler warning: Buzz Lightyear is a fictional character appearing in several CGI films and cartoons by Disney and Pixar. ... Emperor Zurg Evil Emperor Zurg is a minor antagonist in the Disney-Pixar film Toy Story 2 and the main enemy in the TV series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. ... The Little Green Men were a race of three-eyed space aliens in the motion picture, Toy Story. ... Spoiler warning: Buzz Lightyear is a fictional character appearing in several CGI films and cartoons by Disney and Pixar. ... Phillips can mean: Phillips, Cory Michael, singer-songwriter, originally from McAllen, Texas. ... Audio-Animatronics or just animatronics is a form of robotics created by Disneys Imagineers for several shows and attractions at Disney theme parks, and subsequently expanded on and used by other companies. ... The classic red-and-white Etch-A-Sketch model Etch-A-Sketch is a licensed toy sold by the Ohio Art Company. ...


Technical Aspects

"Astro Blasters" and "Space Ranger Spin" are equal parts shooting gallery and dark ride. Visitors board an Omnimover space vehicle featuring two laser pistols and a joystick. The pistols are used to shoot targets of varying point values while the joystick allows full 360-degree rotation of the vehicle to assist in aiming. A digital readout on the dashboard shows the player's score. At one point in the attraction, each visitor is photographed during gameplay and has the option at the exit queue of sending an electronic postcard via e-mail. The new Disneyland attraction features at-home play tied directly to the attraction itself via the Internet. The home game enables players to help Disneyland visitors by lighting up special targets that allow both sides to win more points. Shooting is the act of causing a gun to fire at a target. ... A dark ride or darkride is an indoor amusement ride consisting of a vehicle traveling past animated scenes. ...


Attraction facts

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters in November 2005
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters in November 2005

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Magic Kingdom attraction facts

November 3 is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 58 days remaining. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... October 7 is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Walt Disney Imagineering, was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ... June 5 is the 156th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (157th in leap years), with 209 days remaining. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (153rd in leap years), with 213 days remaining. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 6 is the 157th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (158th in leap years), with 208 days remaining. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 26 is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 188 days remaining. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The Omnimover is a system used for Disney theme park attractions. ... FASTPASS® is an innovation from The Walt Disney Company to allow guests to skip past long lines at its theme parks. ...


Tokyo Disneyland attraction facts

April 15 is the 105th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (106th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Walt Disney Imagineering, was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ... Circle-Vision 360° is a film technique used for a few attractions at Disney theme parks, such as Epcots O Canada! and Disneylands defunct America the Beautiful ( 1967 version), Wonders of China, and American Journeys, which were housed in the Circle-Vision theater in Tomorrowland. ... The Circle-Vision 360 show Timekeeper was first unveiled at the Disneyland Paris park in 1992 as Le Visionarium, and eventually made its way over to the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom on November 21, 1994 as part of their New Tomorrowland expansion. ... The Omnimover is a system used for Disney theme park attractions. ... FASTPASS® is an innovation from The Walt Disney Company to allow guests to skip past long lines at its theme parks. ...


Disneyland attraction facts

  • Name: Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters
  • Grand opening: May 5, 2005
  • Designer: Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Show scenes:
    • Gantry Hall / Flight Deck
    • Robot Attack
    • Zurg's Dreadnought
    • Zurg's Secret Weapon
    • Crash Landing
    • Planet Z
      • Zurg's Escape
    • Hyperspace
    • The Final Battle
    • Victory Celebration
  • Former Attractions:
  • Ride system: Omnimover

May 5 is the 125th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (126th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 17 is the 76th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (77th in Leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Walt Disney Imagineering, was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ... Circle-Vision 360° ... Circle-Vision 360° is a film technique used for a few attractions at Disney theme parks, such as Epcots O Canada! and Disneylands defunct America the Beautiful ( 1967 version), Wonders of China, and American Journeys, which were housed in the Circle-Vision theater in Tomorrowland. ... Rocket Rods was an attraction in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. ... The Omnimover is a system used for Disney theme park attractions. ... FASTPASS® is an innovation from The Walt Disney Company to allow guests to skip past long lines at its theme parks. ...


Hong Kong Disneyland attraction facts

September 12 is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Walt Disney Imagineering, was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ... The Omnimover is a system used for Disney theme park attractions. ... FASTPASS® is an innovation from The Walt Disney Company to allow guests to skip past long lines at its theme parks. ...


Disneyland Paris attraction facts


April 8 is the 98th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (99th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Walt Disney Imagineering, was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ... The Omnimover is a system used for Disney theme park attractions. ... The Circle-Vision 360 show Timekeeper was first unveiled at the Disneyland Paris park in 1992 as Le Visionarium, and eventually made its way over to the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom on November 21, 1994 as part of their New Tomorrowland expansion. ... FASTPASS® is an innovation from The Walt Disney Company to allow guests to skip past long lines at its theme parks. ...

Attractions at Disneyland-style parks
Main Street, U.S.A.: The Dapper Dans | Fantasy in the Sky | Main Street Electrical Parade | Remember... Dreams Come True | Wishes | World Bazaar
Fantasyland: Cinderella Castle | Matterhorn Bobsleds | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Peter Pan's Flight | Skyway | Sleeping Beauty Castle | "it's a small world"
Tomorrowland: Adventure Thru Inner Space | America Sings | Autopia | Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters | Captain EO | Carousel of Progress | Delta Dreamflight |
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage | If You Had Wings | Innoventions | PeopleMover/Tomorrowland Transit Authority | Rocket Jets | Rocket Rods | Space Mountain | Star Tours | Stitch's Great Escape!
Frontierland: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Pinewood Indians | Rivers of America | Splash Mountain
Adventureland: Indiana Jones Adventure | Jungle Cruise | Pirates of the Caribbean | Raging Spirits | Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
Other: Club 33 | Critter Country | Fantasmic! | The Haunted Mansion | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | New Orleans Square | The Timekeeper

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Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters at AllExperts (633 words)
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is a popular attraction based on the Disney/Pixar film Toy Story 2 at Walt Disney Parks around the world.
The queue area is awash in the chartreuse, white, and bright blue hues of Buzz Lightyear himself.
An Audio-Animatronic Buzz Lightyear figure and giant Etch-a-Sketch provide explanation of the "mission." The Buzz Lightyear figure utilizes both the latest Audio-Animatronic technology combined with an innovative video rear projection system for Buzz's face, resulting in one of the most lifelike Audio-Animatronic figures in Disney theme park history.
Hidden Mickeys of Tomorrowland's Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (268 words)
While standing in line for the new Tommowland ride called Buzz Lightyears Astro Blasters, my son Lance noticed that there is a planet with a distinct Mickey shape to one of its continents.
In the second room you enter while waiting to board the ride -- before you make the last turn where Buzz is giving directions -- there is a map of "sector 1" on the wall.
In the upper left corner of this map is a planet with a clear picture of Mickey's profile -- no mistaking it.
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