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Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast at Disneyland ParisLast updated by Adam on Wednesday, November 06, 2013 17:33
Submitted by Nick on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 10:53
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Laser gun ride
Apr 8, 2006
Laser gun rides have surged in popularity at theme parks all over the world in recent years, and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast is Disney’s take on the concept. The ride, located in the building that once housed the Visionarium 360-degree movie, sees guests joining the popular space ranger from the “Toy Story” movie as he battles the evil emperor Zurg.
Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast uses a similar Omnimover ride system to Phantom Manor (and dozens of other Disney attractions), and has a relatively high capacity due to its continuous loading cycle. Each guest is equipped with a laser gun, which is attached by a cord to the vehicle.
The aim of the game is to score as many points as possible by shooting targets that are located on the walls and, in some cases, attached to characters. Various different types of target are on offer, with some being worth more points than others (triangles deliver the biggest boost to your score, so keep your eyes peeled). Riders can even spin their vehicles using control sticks located on the vehicles’ dashboards.
Whereas many laser gun rides feature little or no plot, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast sees riders attempting to stop Zurg from hoarding every power cell in the universe. In typical “Toy Story” fashion, the power cells are in the form of batteries that are used to power toys.
Upon reaching the end of the circuit, every rider receives a score and a ranking. This can range from Star Cadet (0 to 1,000 points) through to Galactic Hero (999,999 or more points). Realistically, a score of 300,000 or above is some achievement.Review:
While it’s based on a simple concept, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast is so well executed that it has deservedly become one of the most popular rides at Disneyland Paris. Even with its continually-loading vehicles, it can draw large queues throughout the day.
Even if laser guns aren’t your thing, there’s plenty to enjoy about the ride. The well-designed queue (complete with a talking Buzz, who delivers the mission briefing) and outstanding theming are well worth seeing, even if your aim is terrible.
For most, though, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast will be a thoroughly addictive experience. You’ll spot new, high-value targets every time you ride, and the temptation to have “just one more ride” to try and beat your top score can be overwhelming. Just keep aiming for those triangles.Top Tip:
Ready to stun others with your incredible score? Aim for the hidden targets on the chests of the first two Zurg characters that appear in the ride.
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