Orlando attractions

Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin

Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin stars the character Buzz Lightyear from the Disney movie Toy Story. This fun ride was opened on October 7, 1998 inside Tomorrowland.


The queue for the ride is long and winding and themed with the Buzz Lightyear experience. While waiting in the queue, guests hear more about the premise behind the ride as an animated Buzz Lightyear explains the details of the mission.


To enjoy this 4 ½ minute ride, guests become Junior Space Rangers as they ride in cars equipped with seats for two people.  In cooperation with Buzz, guests attempt to defeat Zurg, the evil emperor. To accomplish this, each car, which is a XP-38 Space Cruiser, contains a ray gun.  Guests can use the gun to shoot out the 'Z's that are shown in passing scenes. Successfully shooting these 'Z's results in points, with bulleyes counting for more points. In addition, shooting these orange Emperor Zurg insignias is the key to saving the universe. To add to the fun, the surrounding scenes are created in toy scale.  Furthermore, spinning and swiveling the Space Cruiser is completely under the control of the riders. 


Each Space Cruiser has its own centrally located joystick. The joystick allows the rider to spin and to operate the two laser canons.  Far away targets are worth more points, as are things that are moving back and forth and those that are in hard to reach angles.  Hitting the back Z on the back of the robot's left wrist is worth 100,000 points, as is the top of the volcano.  As an added bonus, the volcano will erupt when it is hit.  Some of the batteries in the battery room are worth 50,000 points and they will fall down if the bottom of the stack is shot. Other creatures, such as the spider and the wormlike creature are worth 50,000.


Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin loads relatively quickly and is easily accessible to wheelchair guests, guests using an ECV must be able to transfer to a wheelchair.  In addition, the Fast Pass is available for this ride and souvenir photos are taken and made available to guests for purchase.