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Take a ride on Shanghai Disneyland's Buzz Lightyear ride

May 17, 2016, 9:40 AM · We've got another on-ride POV video from Shanghai Disneyland for you. This time, it's from Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue — a redesigned installation of Disney's wildly popular interactive ride.

This video comes from Matthew Finnemore, the same visitor who uploaded the video of Pirates of the Caribbean Battle of the Sunken Treasure, which has fans debating whether Shanghai's new version Pirates might have a claim on the title of the world's best dark ride.

On Buzz Lightyear, Shanghai Disneyland has added screen animation throughout the ride, bringing Buzz himself into the action to create a much more dynamic experience than on the other Buzz Lightyear rides. In addition, the set design of the ride abandons the cartoonish appearance of the other rides for a look perhaps best described as "steampunk light."

You can't really judge the gameplay from a video, so I can't speak to how that might have changed on this version of the ride, as well. But the production design of Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue looks like a clear upgrade from previous versions (to me, at least), reflecting what appears to be the trend from Walt Disney Imagineering in this park to blend screens with practical effects to create an experience that's more dynamic than traditional animatronic rides yet more tactile and "real" than strictly film-based attractions.

Shanghai Disneyland is open for invitation-only "trial operations" in advance of its official public opening on June 16.

Replies (19)

May 17, 2016 at 10:16 AM · The game play seems to be easier as you are not aiming for a tiny little dot with a worn out gun that doesn't aim well! Granted it is a new game but the targets are certainly easier to hit. Disney certainly kept all the new technology for their foreign properties! Can't wait to hear your reviews!
May 17, 2016 at 10:20 AM · This is yet another ride that's 10 times better than what we have in the states. A couple of comments I've read on the internet in response to seeing Shanghai ride videos - "I'm tired of the international parks getting all the best rides", and "I feel gypped".
May 17, 2016 at 11:22 AM · You can tell how the Imagineers were taking major advantage of building up from scratch to do more elaborate versions of rides. Remember, WDW Buzz was using the old "Dreamflight" builidng/track to work its ride, here they can go far more all out.

Which again, is a key reason why it's unlikely such makeovers will hit the States. To do a version of Shanghi's Pirates, you'd basically need to gut the entire existing "Pirates" rides and rebuild them which would cost even more than doing it from scratch.

May 17, 2016 at 12:58 PM · Hopefully, the Shanghai rides give us an idea of the level of tech and immersiveness we can expect from Pandora and Star Wars Land.
May 17, 2016 at 1:30 PM · Not much of an improvement over the Disneyland version, which was much better than the Disney World version. The new projections are nice, but not in many places.
May 17, 2016 at 1:43 PM · This new version seems shorter?
May 17, 2016 at 2:23 PM · Why isn't this just Toy Story Mania with a new coat of paint?
May 17, 2016 at 2:56 PM · This is certainly different from the Astro Blasters version, though I don't know if I'd say it is better. The effects are improved and I do like how they've blended screens into the physical sets, but I think the original cartoonish version fits better with Toy Story than this semi-realistic take. This one also seems to have less scene variation and less story...to me it looks like you're just shooting robots for three minutes. Honestly, despite the effects upgrade and the seemingly easier gameplay (Astro Blasters is actually quite challenging your first few tries), this is probably the one ride at Shanghai Disneyland I'd say might be a miss compared to the original version.
May 17, 2016 at 6:15 PM · I don't understand why this ride is not vastly more advanced and improved over the Disneyland version. I also don't understand why they used some nice projections but not in as many places as I would have liked.
May 17, 2016 at 6:42 PM · This does not impress me at all. Feels more like a Legoland ride than a Disney ride.
May 17, 2016 at 11:37 PM · I didn't watch it, I hope it's a good mix of Astro Blaster and TSMM.
May 18, 2016 at 12:12 AM · I also failed to watch it, but can further assume that it is a ride worthy of a lesser park. I will give my examples of such: Legoland (CA & Fl) & every Disney park that I was not personally invited to become an Imagineer.


May 18, 2016 at 12:15 AM · Further more: I like theme parks, unless they do anything remotely against my (perceived)liking. In which case, I WILL take to an internet message board to express my small, insignificant critique... over and over and over again. Congrats world!!! You know what I hate about the thing I love!!
May 18, 2016 at 3:47 AM · Looks like a much better version than the Californian one. But it is just a fun ride, not a e-ticket.
May 18, 2016 at 4:13 AM · Me no likey steampunk light.
May 18, 2016 at 7:25 AM · Swing and a miss....
May 18, 2016 at 8:46 AM · I like it, nice upgrade to a fun family ride.
May 19, 2016 at 8:56 AM · Not nearly as jealous (well not at all really) as I was over Pirates.
May 20, 2016 at 8:06 PM · Looks pretty lame.Might be good for kids under 10.

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