Galactic heroes, it’s time to step up! Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is not just a ride, it’s a battle against the Evil Emperor Zurg, and every space ranger aspires to achieve that elite rank of “Galactic Hero” by scoring 999,999 points. If you’re looking to max out your score and earn bragging rights for the rest of the day, here are some essential tips and tricks to assist you:
- Understand the Blaster: Before boarding, get familiar with your space blaster. It’s attached to the ride vehicle and has a trigger that you’ll be using to shoot targets. Knowing how to aim and the rate at which it fires will give you a head start.
- Points Over Quantity: Not all targets are worth the same. While it might be tempting to shoot everything in sight, focus on the high-value targets to quickly boost your score.
- Know the High-Value Targets:
- Robot’s Left Hand: Early in the ride, you’ll come across a big robot. Aim for the target inside the left hand (on your right) for a cool 100,000 points.
- Claw’s Bottom Target: The room with the claw has a hidden target on the bottom of the spaceship it’s carrying. Hitting this can grant you another 100,000 points.
- Zurg’s Chest: In the room where Zurg’s ship is found, aim for the small target on the bottom of his chest. It’s another high-pointer, granting you 50,000 for each hit.
- Steady Your Hand: Keep your hand steady and aim carefully, especially when targeting high-point targets. Rapid firing without aiming won’t help you reach the Galactic Hero status.
- Control Your Ride Vehicle: Use the joystick in your ride vehicle to control its spin. This allows you to keep aiming at a high-value target for longer or to turn around if you’ve missed one.
- Look for Stationary Moments: There are moments when the ride may pause (either by design or because of ride operations). Use these opportunities to keep firing at high-value targets.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Familiarity with the ride can be a big advantage. The more you ride, the better you’ll get at knowing where and when to aim.
- Ride During Off-Peak Hours: If you’re looking to ride multiple times to perfect your skills, aim to ride during off-peak hours, such as early in the morning or during traditional meal times, when lines are shorter.
- Light Indicators: Targets that are already lit up might seem appealing, but the ones that aren’t lit up often yield more points.
- Celebrate and Share: Once you achieve that coveted 999,999 points, make sure to snap a photo of your score. Also, when the ride photo is taken, proudly point to your score!
Remember, it’s not just about the points. The true magic of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin lies in the fun of the game, the joy of the challenge, and the memories you create with fellow riders. However, with these tips and tricks, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a Galactic Hero and defending the galaxy from the Evil Emperor Zurg. To Infinity and Beyond!