Buzz Lightyear Astor Blasters is a modern classic. Buzz has replaced the queue for the Rocket Rod attraction that had replaced the circle vision theater. Buzz Lightyear Astor Blasters is the first ride on the left as you come into Tomorrowland from Main Street. Buzz is one of the only rides that is at every Disney destination with it being Buzz Lightyear’s Astor Blasters in Tokyo, and Hong Kong, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast in Paris, and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in Orlando.
Buzz Lightyear Astor Blasters has long lines, as it is popular with all ages. The best times to ride is the same time as all rides during the early morning, close to closing, and during parades and fireworks. The other option is to get a fast pass. Since there are so many popular rides in the area such as Star Tours, Space Mountain, and the revised Submarines it is a good idea to make this your first stop if you do arrive early in the day. With so many local residents having passes the lines are not very good even on slow days if you have been to Fantasyland during the winter when school is in session you will understand lots of little children to young for school and stay at home mom’s make Fantasyland and other popular rides for kids like Buzz Lightyear Astor Blasters a long line year round during the day so be warned.
Disneyland’s Buzz Lightyear Astor Blasters is has an unique feature from the others, after the ride there is a website that you can go and play an online Buzz Lightyear game, the scores will be higher for the game and the ride depending on how well the online players and ride players are doing. The bad news is a great ride can be low scoring at times and you cannot really compare the score you get with friends because the scores can vary greatly. The best time to get good scores is when there will be more people online to play, which mean the busy times for the park.
Here are a few tips to improving your score. The first is obvious if you can get a friend or two to play online at the same time you ride it will help both of your scores. Another trick to use is to hold the trigger and use the laser as a laser sight to help aim. The guns shoot once a second so remember how fast you can shoot. Not all targets are worth the same points the harder they are to hit the higher the point value. The rule of thumb is far away targets and moving targets are worth the most. If you can hit targets while they are lit up you will score more points. While you are riding check the scores you get from targets to get an idea what targets are worth the most points. The round targets are worth the least, then the square, then triangles, and finally the diamonds. There are only a few diamond targets the first two are in the first room by the robot, the next one is at the end of the third room on your way to the fourth room you can hit it from the third room it is up high and a hard target to get. The final is in the battle with Zurg scene it too is up high and hard to hit. If the ride breaks down or a handicapped person boards which shuts the ride down for a short while you can get even higher scores.
You can get an e-mail of you with your score if you go beyond the max score the only way to find your score is to get it e-mailed to you, this will show you the score you finally got. If you are in the top 100 scores of the day your rank is included, if you are the top 10 your score, initials, and picture is shown at the exit.
Here is the bad news, some guns either do not work or do not work well I have been unfortunate enough to get guns that did not work, and even once a gun that I learned while the ride was broken down that it only counted one of every ten hits even when the target was only a couple of feet away and the laser made it obvious I hit the target, and yes I have had ones that never scored points at all. If your gun does not work tell the cast member and they are likely to let you ride again but don’t just tell them that they might check your score.
Make sure to have fun and get Zurg Space rangers! To Infinity and Beyond!