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.
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.