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Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is a popular attraction based on the Disney/Pixar film Toy Story 2 at Walt Disney Parks around the world. Although each ride may have a different name (as seen on the infobox to the right), all share the same plot and major characters. As each form of the attraction appeared, new technology has allowed the guest to better interact with the ride and even connect with personal computer users.

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      24.09.2013 09:54
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      A wonderful ride and one not to miss at Disneyland!

      Back in March we visited Disneyland Paris and of course before we went we spent time researching the parks, places to eat and rides so that we could make a definitive list of things that we absolutely did not want to miss when we were there. One of the things that I didn't want to miss was the ride Buzz Lightyear laser blast and this is my review of that particular ride.

      ==Where is it?==

      Buzz Lightyear laser blast is situated in Discovery Land in the main park in Disneyland. You really can't miss it as it is a real stand out attraction which has quite a space orientated theme to it as you would expect really. Outside the attraction there is a large Buzz Lightyear figure standing on the front sign as well as lots of small toy story aliens as this is inspired by the film Toy Story two.

      ==Waiting to get on the attraction==

      Prior to going to Disneyland as I mentioned we spent a lot of time researching what we wanted to do in the parks and as such we came across information about how long a waiting time would be expected for each ride we wanted to go on. We were advised that this was one of the more popular rides in the park and that we should expect a long waiting time. When we went to queue for the ride though I was pleasantly surprised for various reasons really. Firstly the queue only looked to be around a half an hour wait which in Disneyland standards isn't very long at all. Secondly though, and most importantly for me I think much of the queing was done inside which not only meant that you were well sheltered from any poor weather there may be but there was also plenty to look at as you queued meaning that small children could be kept entertained. As we queued the children stopped at various points and posed along side a picture on the wall of a toy story alien and then when we got deeper in to the queue there was an excellent set up of a moving and very life life Buzz Lightyear robot talking about the mission that would be set for us today! What was great here was the way Buzz used a large Etch-a-sketch just like in the film to portray images of the evil emperor Zurg who was trying to take over the galactic! This part goes on in various languages so you are bound to catch it in the language you speak as you queue and it really did help us enjoy the wait time for the ride.

      ==The actual ride==

      The ride itself is a contstant moving train of XP-41 space cruisers each of which seat two guests. The ride does move contstantly and so you will find that it is over relatively quickly but regardless this was one of my, if not my absolute, favourite ride of the whole parks.

      This ride is the ultimate in interactive because in each space cruiser you have two laser guns which you should pick up at the start of the ride. The idea is to go around the ride and shoot at the baddies as you go along and as you do this your score will total on a led screen in front of the guns position on the ride. The ride is a dark one but there is no reason at all for small children to be frightened because when you set off around the ride there are lots of things lit up for you to fire at and you actually become so consumed with trying to fire your laser gun at the baddies and score the most points that this is really all you are thinking of!

      What is also great is there is a joystick in the space cruiser which enables you to spin your cruiser around and so if you miss some baddies and fancy another shot at them you can spin around and have a go! My son actually left this part to me as he was too busy trying to fire his laser to worry about changing the position of the space cruiser! Funnily enough he beat my score on the ride as well.....

      Right before the ride finishes you come up against the evil emperor Zurg and this for me was such a brilliant moment. The way that the figure just stands there so prominently and shouts out in his familiar drawl was wonderful and of course you want to get as many shots as you can in on the big baddy!

      I'm not sure how accurate the laser guns are to be honest but we all had such a good time just firing away randomly at the targets and hoping that we would hit them in a position good enough to score us some serious points!

      They do take a picture of you as you go around this ride but sadly we didn't manage to find the one of ourselves when we came out in to the gift shop and I would have loved to have seen it to be honest as I bet we were all full of concentration as we went around the ride!

      ==Would I recommend this ride?==

      Without a shadow of a doubt I would recommend this ride! It was certainly one of our favourites of the holiday and I loved how modern and interactive it actually was.

      We didn't use a fast pass ticket for the ride as the queue seemed reasonable when we went along but this of course is an option. Also if you are staying in the parks you get two magic hours from 8-10am in the mornings which are just for those staying in the parks and so this would also be a good time to visit this ride. I only wish we had gone on it more than once to be honest as both my son and I are big toy story fans and we really enjoyed this one! I would say this is a ride suitable for all of the family and one not to miss!

      Thank you for reading my review!

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        30.07.2013 17:02
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        Buzz Lightyear needs YOU!

        This was by far one of our favourite rides at Disneyland Paris and we ended up going on this three times during our five day stay. The ride is based around Buzz Lightyear's ongoing conflict with Emperor Zurg and sees you being enlisted into Star Command to help defeat his minions!

        It all starts as you step inside the building that houses the ride. A huge Buzz Lightyear briefs you on your mission as you queue until you reach the ride itself. Basically you are strapped inside a car that goes around a track and which features several bad guys that you are charged with shooting using the laser pistols attached to the front of the car. As you shoot targets, you are able to rack up points according to accuracy and at the end you get to see how well you did as each points bracket moves you up another level. It is not a long ride but it is lots of fun and the whole point scoring idea adds a great element of competitiveness to the ride!

        Like I say, we all really enjoyed this my family and I! It is very well done and very colourful, attractive and pleasing to the eye. Disney really have done a lot to make this ride appealing to all the family and this always had long queues so you will want to get there early! We also saw all manner of age groups going on the ride too as this is one that appeals to everyone!

        At Disneyland Paris, this ride is called Laser Blast but it is the same ride as Astro Blasters in the U.S. It is situated in Discoveryland not far from the Star Wars ride and the lifestyle model X-Wing. At certain parts of the day, you might be lucky and meet Buzz Lightyear himself! If there, he poses for photographs which can be picked up at any of the shops when you present a card you are given that identifies all the character photos you have had taken so you can choose the best from the selection. Purchasing these photos can be a tad expensive but they often do deals whereby for a certain amount of Euros you can also have a photo frame chucked in for no extra cost!

        Whether you love Toy Story or just always wanted to be Buzz, then this ride is for you! It was certainly amongst my top three at the resort simply for the fun factor!

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        02.05.2011 21:27
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        Don't miss it!

        Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast is one of the newest rides at Disneyland Paris. It opened in April 2006 and replaced the old 360⁰ production Le Visionarium and there is in fact a small tribute to its predecessor for the beady eyed amongst you in the form of the narrator of the old show, 9 Eye, who appears at the start of the ride behind the Box O Bot. Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast is also one of the most fun and most interactive rides at the park and is located in the centre of Discoveryland.

        The ride is entirely inside and you start by boarding an Omnimover space vehicle, which is a two person carriage that is equipped with two laser guns and a joy stick. The vehicles run along a track in a continuous motion, but you can use the joy stick to rotate yourself in complete 360⁰ circles in order to see and interact with everything that is going on around you. The idea is to score as many points as possible by shooting various targets using the laser guns and it is a lot of fun, especially if there is a group of you and you can play against other members of your group in different space vehicles.

        There are brightly lit targets around the ride and there are hundreds of them so you don't have to worry about missing out and they are in four different shapes. You get 1000 points for hitting a square or circle target, 5000 points for hitting a diamond shaped target and 10000 points for hitting a triangle target. You also get bonus points for hitting the targets when they are lit up. Everything within the ride is glow in the dark, so it easy to see what you are aiming for and the targets are fairly large, making it suitable for younger visitors to play along too.

        The ride is brilliant; there is no other word for it. No matter how good (or bad!) you are, you will have a lot of fun and your competitive streak will definitely come out. The attention to detail is phenomenal as always and you can't help but lose yourself in the game. This isn't necessarily a good thing though because half way around the game a photograph is taken of you (which you can purchase at a typically exorbitant price) and, because you are so engrossed in the game, the result is often a picture of you concentrating so hard that you look like you are constipated - or is that just me?!

        Buzz Lighyear Laser Blast is another of the rides in Disneyland Paris that has a Fast Pass ticket option, where you can get a ticket that will allow you to return to the ride at a later time (usually allotted in half hour intervals) and jump the main queue. This is absolutely worth doing as the ride is extremely popular and often subject to large queues.

        As is always the case with Disney rides, the queuing system has been well thought out and there are lots of Toy Story related exhibits to look at as you queue, including a giant Buzz Lightyear robot that welcomes you to the ride and chats to you as you wait. There are also diagrams around the waiting area that give you instructions on what to do when you get into the ride, so it's worth paying attention!

        Even if you aren't a fan of the Toy Story character, you should definitely pay a visit to his ride as you will undoubtedly have a lot of fun, although I'd highly recommend getting a Fast Pass ticket, to jump the queues.

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          06.06.2010 21:04
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          Get your fast pass or get there early in the peak season , you don't want to miss this.

          I love love love this!! One of the 'newer' rides at Disneyland and I think it shows. Basically you are in this 2 seater pod thing which you can spin around 360 degrees to aim at your baddies with your Astro blaster which when you press the trigger you will see your red light and you must aim for the particular targets to rack up your personal score.

          Absolutely addictive your pod moves slowly around space with forever new baddies popping into site, watching the competitiveness of some of the dads is hilarious.

          There are no bad points apart from the possible long queues however when we last went in January there were no queues at all so we kept walking on again and again.

          It is also not scary for the little ones, I think with all the primary bright colour my baby thought it was great and he was joining in pressing all the buttons.

          Oh and for a bit of a cheat there are two baddie Zurgs on the ride that have invisible targets on their chests. If you hit these invisible ones you get 100,000 points (which is a lot compared to some that give you about 100 points).
          I found this out but didn't tell hubbie - he was gutted when he saw my final personal score!

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            05.04.2010 23:01
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            Boys, girls, adults and fans of Toy Story are sure to love it.

            Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is a ride which can be found in Disneyland Paris, Disneyland California, Disneyland Tokyo and Magic Kingdom, Florida. However, the ride is named Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast at Disneyland Paris and Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin at Magic Kingdom.

            We recently visited Disneyland Paris and rode the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, so here's my thoughts on it...

            LOCATION

            There are 5 different lands in the Disneyland park. Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast is located in Discoveryland, which is to the east of the park. Pick up a park map if you're unsure.

            You will spot Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast as soon as you enter Discoveryland due to the giant Buzz Lightyear outside, surrounded by little green aliens.

            SUITABILITY

            Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast is mostly aimed at children (including infants) but is suitable for everybody - young adults, older adults and families. It is especially exciting for boys but also very enjoyable for girls.

            The Disneyland website states that although the ride is 'fun for little ones' it may also 'frighten younger guests'. I can't imagine many children being scared by this ride but the majority of it is set in the dark so there's a possibility. My then 2 year old was fine on it. There is also an access for wheelchair visitors.

            QUEUE AND FASTPASS

            Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast can be Fastpassed. Fastpass is a free service which allows you to jump to the front of queues. Is all you need to do it pop your park ticket into a Fastpass machine (which are situated at the front of the ride), you will then be issued with a Fastpass ticket with a time to come back to the ride.

            Fastpass is a really good service and came in very handy for us on alot of rides, however the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast Fastpass service appeared to be closed for the duration of our stay at the Disneyland Resort, which seemed abit silly as this was a ride that had a constantly long queue.

            If you are staying at the Disneyland Resort you may be eligable for Extra Magic Hours (which allows you to enter the Disney parks and hour or so before the general public). I would suggest you take advantage of Extra Magic Hours as this is when we rode on the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast ride. There was barely a queue, we walked straight in and was on the ride within 5 or 10 minutes. Otherwise we would have queued inside and outside the attraction for a good hour.

            MISSION

            The ride is loosely based around the Disney-Pixar film Toy Story 2. As you make your way down the queue you come across a giant robotic Buzz Lightyear who gives you your briefing, along with diagrams drawn out on a giant Etch-a-Sketch. Buzz talks different languages but I'm not sure which languages or how many (might just be English and French) because the queue moved quite fast past him.

            Buzz Lightyear explains that the evil emporer Zurg and his evil robotic army are stealing power cells to energise a secret weapon. Without those power cells the toy universe will be powerless and at the mercy of Zurg.

            Your mission as a new recruit is to find Zurg's robots and secret weapon on Planet Z and blast them with your laser gun, thus retrieving the stolen power cells.

            THE RIDE

            You are swiftly whisked off to the flight deck where you board an XP-41 Space Cruiser. The Space Cruisers are a number of different colours (mainly green) and look very retro, they include 2 Astro Blaster guns and seat upto 2 people. The front shield of your Space Cruiser comes down and locks into place as you are sent off into space.

            The ride is virtually pitch black but covered in stars and bright flourescent/neon/UV pictures and lights. You must look out for targets with Z on and shoot them with your Astro Blaster. There is also a joystick on the front shield of your Space Cruiser which is very easy to use and allows you to spin 360 degrees to choose your targets and effective choose your own ride.

            The targets come in different shapes but are quite easy to find and are scattered everywhere. Some targets are more challenging than others - some targets are still, some targets move, some targets reveal other targets when hit, some targets are close and some targets are far. You activate the Astro Blaster by aiming and pressing the button on it. When the button is pressed the Astro Blaster lights up different colours and shoots out a red laser. I wasn't actually sure if the guns were for real so I 'fired' a couple of shots at the floor and to my delight it was! When you aim and shoot your Blaster you will see a red dot on or around the target (the only problem is that when lots of people are going for one target you don't know which red dot is yours!) and when you hit the target it will light up (some talk and some disappear) and your gun will vibrate. There is also an electronic counter on the front of your Space Cruiser that goes up each time you hit a target, so you can keep an eye on your score.

            You are first faced with an army of robots, then come face to face with Zurg himself. You then arrive on Planet Z where there are a number of aliens and nasties (none of them scary). You are faced with Zurg again but this time he is being captured by the little green aliens (the ride takes your photo at this point). The ride ends with Zurg being boxed and sent to Al's Toy Barn. The aliens thank you for saving them and Buzz Lightyear congratulates you via a television screen. There is a chart on the wall of Star Command Rankings to check your score against - Eg. 0 - 1,000: Space Cadet, 1001 - 10,000: Space Ace, 10,001 - 100,000: Planetary Pilot.

            EXIT

            There is a very short walk from where you exit your Space Cruiser to the exit of the attraction. Right outside the attraction are a number of screens to view and purchase your photos. I'm not sure how much they cost as we didn't buy any, but most of the attraction photos were quite expensive. There was also a large Buzz Lightyear themed store, selling all the Disney-Pixar essentials (including the Astro Blasters that replicated those inside the ride - I saw lots of children around the park with these).

            OVERALL THOUGHTS

            I really enjoyed this ride and so did my daughter. It was very fun and inoffensive. We loved the fact it was an interactive ride that we could join in with. The length of the ride was slightly longer than I expected which I was pleased about, I think I would have been bitterly disappointed if I had queued up for a long time (which I didn't, but still...!) and the ride didn't last long. The story and the mission was quite exciting and the theming and props were fabulous.

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              23.11.2009 20:43
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              Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is present in the Disneyland Paris and also the DisneyWorld Florida parks in the Magic Kingdom in Tommorrowland/Discoveryland.

              On this ride you ride in a space ship and help Buzz Lightyear stop the evil Zurg by shooting all his baddies and in the climax also shooting Zurg down.

              In the queue for this ride you are briefed in the situation that Zurg is up to his old tricks again, queue times are normally not that long though you have to expect around an hour waiting time at peak times in the parks.

              This ride is abit of a dark ride, however it is decorated with neon colours, this is to give the the space like feeling when you are rideing, Disney are very good at setting the scene in their rides and parks.

              You and your partener, (2 people per cart) are each given space guns which are linked to the cart/space craft you are riding in, then as you shoot the villians your score goes up, different baddies are given different scores depending on how hard they are to shoot.

              This is a ride that is great for all the family, especially if like mine you are a competitive family, as we all just had to compare scores at the end of the ride.

              If you have the chance to visit the Disney Parks, this is a great ride and well worth a visit.

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                13.11.2009 22:55
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                Would recommend that you try it

                Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Ride

                I went on this ride when I was in Disney in Hong Kong and I have to admit it was in my opinion the best attraction/ride in the whole place (I am not a big fan of the large roller coasters!) My husband and I queued up a few times to go on it.

                This ride is based on Toy Story and Buzz Lightyear and he is fighting his arch villain Emperor Zerg. At the start of the ride you get to meet a huge Buzz Light year while you are waiting in the queue which is especially nice for young children. While on the ride you get to see the evil Emperor Zerg.

                You are put in a car, which 3 people (two adults and possibly a child) can sit at the front however there were only two guns and it will twist and turn you around the ride. The movements of the car when it turns were reasonably smooth.

                The aim the ride is to use your gun and shoot as many flashing targets as possible. You can see where your gun is pointing as you will see a red dots however if you are like me you may get confused as to which one is yours as there is lots happening and lots of red dots!

                Different targets get different points for example a moving target will give you more points. Obviously the more targets you get the more points you will have.

                The ride lasts a good amount of time and it is jam packed with things moving and targets the whole way through. You can compete with the person beside you as you can see your score and therefore compare.

                Along the ride there is lots of monsters and targets for you to shoot. You are in the dark however all the monsters are lit up in neon lights so it is reasonably bright.

                It has the type of lighting that if you are wearing white you are going to glow yourself. I wouldn't consider it scary however it may unsettle very young children.

                I loved this ride and found we went on it time and time again. We never had to wait for a long period of time like some of the other rides and attractions as the line moved resonably quick.

                I think it would suit a big range of age groups, as it is animated yet not very childish. It is fun for all the family and everyone can participate. Its not a thrill ride however it will bring out your competitive side. If you were ever in Disney I would definitely recommend this ride to all age groups.

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                  Well worth a visit

                  Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin is an attraction based on the Disney/Pixar film Toy Story and it is located at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. There are 4 other rides around the world that are the same but are all named different. The ride opened in Oct 1998.
                  The ride never as a queue as the attraction has a continual supply of ride cars that run on a track around the attraction. You will enter the ride on an escalator that move at the same time as your cars. Once you board your (Spaceship) you are off to take on Evil Emperor Zurg who is stealing power from the galaxies. You ride through several different sets where you have to shoot round targets with your blaster. You will score points for each hit and the closer you get to the middle of the target the more points you get. There are small and hidden targets around the attraction that give you more points for hitting them. Also some open bonus rounds that hold targets that will give you 100,000 points for a direct hit. The cars that you are in are controlled by you. You can rotate them 360 degrees with the joystick in the middle so you can shoot wherever you want. Towards the end of the ride you will go through a tunnel that has rotating images on the sides. If you get motion sickness this is the only part you need to worry about (shut your eyes)
                  The ride is excellent for little kids and grown ups. The kids will love seeing there favourite characters of Toy Story and firing the guns to score points and the adults will enjoy the compertion.

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                  06.10.2009 22:47
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                  Great funny ride foor all the family.

                  This ride is located in the Magic Kingdom theme park in Florida.
                  As with everything Disney its incredibly well themed. When you enter the queuing area of the ride you come the music is playing and the queue is quite interesting. As you approach the loading area there is an large buzz lightyear character with a video screen face that tells you about the mission ahead to stop the evil emperor Zurg from stealing the Universe's cell supply which turns out to be batteries. You enter the loading area and get loaded into you own space cruiser. They seat 2 people - i found that sometimes they would try and put a small child in with 2 others but as there is only 2 guns it means someone wouldnt get to play so make sure everyone has a gun!
                  You go through various different scenes where you have to shoot the targets to gain points, the targets are little Z symbols. Your score is recorded on th screen in front of you. I found if you hit the smaller targets in the centre you get a lot more points. Each ride vehicle has a central control to spin the ship round so you can take better aim.
                  At the end it will tell you your score and how you did.

                  Im shockingly bad at this game but i still love it! Its great fun and everyone of all ages can enjoy it! Usually has a very quick queue in my opinion although sometimes loading/unloading can take a while.

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                    Really good ride and is also insde which provides a welcome break from the sun

                    This ride is situated in Magic KIngdom in Tommorow Land. The ride based upon Buzz Lightyear, for Pixar's Toy Story movies, battling against his arch nemisi Zurg.

                    The queuing area is based upon a control ship with lots illuminous planets etc, there is a very good animatronic Buzz character before you go in which has a holographic face, this does keep the kids occupied if the ride has a long wait time.
                    Once you are through into the loading area your rocket is upon a moving conveer belt which you need to be quite quick in getting into. The rocket has a joy stick in the middle, which controls the movement to left and right to give you the best scope for getting the best score. you have your two guns also. The ride begins and you are taken through different rooms which have targets which are worth points, each target is worth individual points, with some being more than others depending on how hard they are to hit. A little birdie tells me though that if you hold you button down you can get more points.

                    The final stage of the ride is a battle agianst zurg where you need to destroy him.You are then given your final score, and if your competive like me see if you have beat your opponent.
                    There is a photo op mid way through and you can pruchase this at the end of ride shope, rpice start from about $12.

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                    Fun for all the family

                    went on this ride in The Magic Kingdom in Florida when I went on my holidays there about 2 months ago. I did go on this ride but it was under a different name of, Buzz Lightyears Space Ranger Spin.

                    When I went on this ride, it was the newest one in the park, so my step brother and I had to queue up for over an hour to get on it. We are 18 and 21, this ride is mainly aimed at children, but as it was a new ride we had to try it out.

                    Most rides when you are in the queue it makes you very bored and become quite impatient. This ride does everything to try and stop this from happening. You queue in doors and there is lots going on. There is big plastic crayons and characters all over the place and the room is painted bright yellow and red. The main attraction to this queue is a massive electronic Mr. Potatoe Head which talks and tells jokes.

                    Once you get on the actual ride, There are lots of small car like things on a track, which hold 2 people, which go round at a slow pace and you can control the direction your facing by being able to spin your self around.

                    In the car you have two laser gun type things with a chord on and as you go through "space" you go to different screens and aim your laser at the targets and pull the chord to fire.

                    The screens you get met with vary from popping balloons so everytime you pull your chord pins come out, to when you pull your chord hoops come out where you have to get hoops over objects.

                    This ride is made the same to Universal Studios, Men in black, Just this one is aimed at kids do its a lot more tame.

                    Its a fun ride for the whole family

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                      Great fun for all the family

                      Buzz Lightyear Laser blast is a ride in Disneyland Resort Paris. The ride is inspired by the film Toy Story. The ride is suitable for all ages and is great for family fun. I have been on this ride with my husband and my 5 year old daughter. There is room for all three of us in the car, my daughter does the steering, and my husband and I do the shooting (although we do let her shoot sometimes!!!). In typical man fashion, my other half takes it all very seriously and has to score more points than me, but who cares!!. The idea of the ride is to shoot your laser gun at the targets whilst you move along the conveyor belt and score as many points as you can. Your car can turn around and you have to be quick to get to all the targets. At the end of the ride you can see what your score relates to - space cadet etc. There is also a photo souvineer available at the end. The queues for this can be long, but they do move quickly, and there is a fastpass available, although I feel that this doesn't shorten the queue too much for this ride. A great fun ride though.

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                      Fun family ride and very enjoyable!!!

                      Time to shoot!!
                      Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters are looking for some laser fighters. So what are you waiting for get going and help Buzz Lightyear fight his enemies.

                      The aim of the ride is to use your laser gun and try to get the Z on the square, you go through a few different rooms and a tunnel and they all have the squares with a Z on it.

                      There are two laser guns on each cart and in the middle is a small stick that you can twist to move your cart so you can shoot the squares. Also in front of you is a score counter it will count your scores and will tell the you (at the end of the ride) what level you are each square you shoot will give you 100 points.

                      At the end of the ride your bar will go up and release you and you get out the cart and go to the shop for photos and a variety of coool gifts you can even buy a Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters laser gun which make noises and flash at the same time.

                      This ride is exceptionally good as it has a fast pass queue and is for children all ages, and adults all ages,

                      So what are you doing go and head for the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters ride I know you'll enjoy it.

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                      ride along, shooting gallery theme with flashing lights, based on Buzz Lightyear

                      Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
                      Disneyland Resort Paris, Disneyland Park’s Discoveryland.
                      On this ride, you board a space cruiser and join in the mission to save the toys by getting back batteries stolen by Emperor Zurg.
                      You shoot at targets to collect points,which when totalled give you ranks like Star Cadet or Cosmic Commando.
                      Special effects include hand held dual laser pistols, flashing lights and manual rotation of cars.
                      As you enter the ride,(Star Command Action Centre) there is a display resembling the interior of a space station,with instruction booklets as walls, and information on how to use the laser guns.
                      The decor is Buzz Lightyear green. As you walk through the passage to the cars, (‘XP-41 Star Cruisers’), a large Buzz animated model encourages you to become a space ranger and help with the mission to retrieve power cells.
                      You then wait (Flight Deck) to board one of the circular green two-seater cars, to which a laser gun is attached. The cars run slowly along, and you have to step onto a moving platform to board one. You are instructed to remove the gun from the holster and that a shield is activated. The two guns are attached to the car by a long wire, and they light up and make blasting sounds as you shoot.
                      The ride is quite dark, in order that you can see the targets. These are illuminated squares placed on large robots, aliens, little green men and Zurg. There is a handle on the car that you can turn to spin the car around 360 degrees, in order to reach as many targets as possible, and a dashboard that keeps a score total. You know you have hit a mark when the back of the gun lights up, and some of the targets fall over when shot.
                      Halfway through the ride, you are transported through a short dark tunnel with speckles of light on the sides
                      recreating light speed into hyper space, and arrive at a giant model of Zurg in battle with Buzz (Zurg's ship). You are then instructed by Buzz to "give him all you've got", and he says to Zurg "never mess around with star command, sir". As Buzz blasts him with lasers, Zurg wails "Curse you, Buzz Lightyear!"
                      A voice informs you that the ride has been temporarily halted, and I suspect this is where the photos are taken which you can collect at the end, for a reasonable price.
                      You "resume your mission" for another minute of target shooting, and it is the end of the ride, where Buzz meets you via a video screen and says "mission acclompished! It's been an honour serving with you.."
                      The exit is a space station again,(Star Command) with a poster of little green men and a sign saying star cruiser loading bay. The announcer asks you to replace the guns back into their holsters, and you can see your score total on the car dashboard. You exit the car back onto the moving platform, and as you leave you can check the scoreboard to see what rank you are
                      according to your score. The ride lasts about 5 minutes, the scenery and targets are very colourful and well lit up, and although it is classed as a 'dark ride', it is never really dark.
                      You then leave through the shop and the photo stall, where you can see your photo on the display screens.(Gamma Quadrant.)
                      The photo also has a record of your scores.
                      This ride has all the thrill of an old-fashioned shooting gallery, mixed with modern technology and a well-loved Disney movie hero to jolly it along.

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