Orlando/SoCal Theme Park Showdown: Buzz Lightyear vs. Buzz Lightyear
Our second match-up in the Theme Park Insider Orlando/Southern California Showdown is Buzz Lightyear vs Buzz Lightyear. Which is your favorite between the two versions? Consider whatever details you'd like - setting, decor, ride, narrative, or whatever petty individual bias you'd like to throw into the mix. The vote will be open for 24 hours.
Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom's Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin: Tomorrowland
Disneyland's Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters: Tomorrowland
The differences? The original Buzz Lightyear ride Space Ranger Spin, opened in the old "If You Had Wings" ride building at the Magic Kingdom in November 1998, introducing millions of theme park fans to the shoot-'em-up dark ride format that would endure with attractions such as Men in Black: Alien Attack, Toy Story Midway Mania and dozens of Sally rides at regional parks around the world. Disneyland's Astro Blasters opened in March 2005, in the old CircleVision theater in Tomorrowland. Disneyland's version is a few seconds longer than Disney World's, but the big difference is the guns. At Disney World, your laser blaster is mounted to the car, while at Disneyland, the guns are connected with a cord, allowing much greater freedom of movement. But that's not always a plus. With the guns mounted to the car at Disney World, spinning strategy plays a much more important role in trying to beat your opponent (or work together) for a high score.
Feel free to further break down the match-up in the comments.
Other Showdown winners:
- Disneyland's Fantasmic! defeats Walt Disney World's Fantasmic!, 51% - 49%
- SeaWorld Orlando's Journey to Atlantis defeats SeaWorld San Diego's Journey to Atlantis, 84% - 16%
- Disneyland's It's a Small World defeats Walt Disney World's It's a Small World, 70% - 30%
- Walt Disney World's Tower of Terror defeats Disney California Adventure's Tower of Terror, 91% - 9%
- Walt Disney World's Splash Mountain defeats Disneyland's Splash Mountain, 76% - 24%
- Islands of Adventure's Jurassic Park River Adventure defeats Universal Studios Hollywood's Jurassic Park - The Ride, 58% - 42%
- Walt Disney World's Tom Sawyer's Island defeats Disneyland's Pirates Lair at Tom Sawyer's Island, 59% - 41%
- Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean defeats Walt Disney World's Pirates of the Caribbean, 75% - 25%
- Walt Disney World's Space Mountain defeats Disneyland's Space Mountain, 52% - 48%
- Universal Studios Florida's Revenge of the Mummy defeats Universal Studios Hollywood's Revenge of the Mummy, 87% - 13%
- Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion defeats Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, 58% - 42%
I hate riding the WDW version, but found myself wanting to play the less tacky, longer and more engaging version at DLR.
The Walt Disney World attraction is terrible; I hate not being able to move the gun around. Give me the umbilical cord any day!
The DL version is much better with the gun only tied to the cord. The WDW is frustrating and unwieldy. The exterior of the ride at DL is also nicer.
Again i voted for MK's version. I enjoy having the guns stationary and utilizing the spinning as a strategic move! I do prefer the Disneyland name of Astro Blasters.
Gotta agree with Tim. By the way, next is Revenge of the Mummy? Never been on it, but Orlando's is gonna win no doubt XD
This one is puzzling. Disneyland's ability to move the gun feels much more interactive than the old school mounted guns at Disney World's version.
I have to vote for Disneyland's version. I thought MK's version was very short and it looks rather horrible when I rode it. Disneyland's version vastly improved upon the original with a longer ride and a more attractive interior.
Don't like Buzz Lightbeer any more after going on Toy Story Midway. I skipped it on my last visit.
The results of this vote are insulting. Disneyland's version is so far superior to the Florida version. The queue set-up, the gun on the ride vehicles, the interactivity with the targets, the show scenes, scoring system and the on-ride photo that gives you the option to email yourself the photo for free make it the superior version.
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