Farewell, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters at Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission

Embark on the last mission with Star Command, at Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters in Hong Kong Disneyland.

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Ride Entrance

Hong Kong Disneyland’s first and only interactive dark ride will make way for a new ride themed to Ant-Man from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Like Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, the new attraction will be a shooter dark ride.

The decision to cut ‘Buzz’ might seem heavy-handed to many theme park fans. The space ranger from Star Command (and the Toy Story franchise) is a beloved character and there’s nothing really “wrong” with this cute dark ride that one could keep revisiting.

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Pre-show Buzz Lightyear Animatronic Character

However, looking at the bigger picture: the ride opened together with the park in 2005, and hasn’t been upgraded since. Apart from high-peak days, the ride didn’t draw in long lines – Fastpass was barely needed and was even taken away – without much impact.

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Gigantorobot

Then Shanghai Disneyland opened in 2016 with a superior version of the ride (Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue) with new technology and higher realism. Hong Kong can’t just play catch up. They need something new, and unique. Which is also why the Tomorrowland section of Hong Kong has transitioned away from a fun and wacky future into one strengthened with epic, blockbuster Disney IP. Star Wars Tomorrowland Takeover. Iron Man Experience. And with the opening of ‘Marveland’ in the future, it will boast another unique Avengers attraction, completing Hong Kong’s Marvel Trinity.

It would be no place for Buzz Lightyear to find a friend in.

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Gigantorobot First Scene Overview

And so, like that famous song from Toy Story, strange things are happening to Buzz Lightyear.

Let’s go on a tour around this attraction’s beautiful scenes with on-ride photos.

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Park Guest in first scene

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is a slow-moving ride which shares a similar ride system as the Haunted Mansion. Laser guns are attached to the ride, and guests can also use “spin control” and rotate their ride vehicle.

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Emperor Zurg's Lair

The entire ride is designed to make guests feel like they have shrunken into the size of toys, and drifted into outer space – within a child’s imagination. Emperor Zurg is stealing ‘crystallic fusion cells’ (batteries) and it is up to the park guests – space ranger recruits of Star Command – to defeat him.

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Planet Z

About 4-5 minutes long, the ride will bring guests through several planets and even to Emperor Zurg’s spaceship.

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Chasing after Zurg

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Max Score 999,999

As the ride vehicles move continuously in a chain, slowdowns occur occasionally when more time is needed to load and unload guests at the stations. Such moments can make the game much easier!

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Zurg blasts off to escape

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Hyperspeed Tunnel

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Final Battle between Buzz Lightyear and Emperor Zurg (towards Little Green Men Planet)

We finally meet Buzz Lightyear again towards the end of the ride, witnessing how he defeats Zurg.

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Final Battle between Buzz Lightyear and Emperor Zurg (Overview)

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Final Battle between Buzz Lightyear and Emperor Zurg closeup

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Ending Scene, Little Green Men City

And then, Zurg is boxed up at Planet Green – and returned to Al’s Toy Barn.

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Ending Scene, Al's Toy Barn receipt

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Ending Scene, Emperor Zurg boxed up

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Ending Scene, Unloading at Star Command, Green Planet Station

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Unload back to Load

Goodbye, Space Rangers!

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

12 September 2005 – 31 August 2017

Hong Kong Disneyland Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Last Mission - Tomorrowland at night showing Iron Man experience in the distance

The Iron Man Experience will be featured in an upcoming article. Stay tuned.

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2 Responses to Farewell, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters at Hong Kong Disneyland

  1. Choo Wee-Sen August 30, 2017 at 8:23 pm #

    Dejiki, did you go to HKDL just to say goodbye? Similarly I bid farewell to Ellen’s Energy Adventure at Epcot and The Great Movie Ride at Disney Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. Pity I couldn’t say goodbye to Dragons Challenge (aka Dueling Dragons) at Islands of Adventure.

  2. Winnie February 16, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

    I live in Shenzhen where is very near to HongKong Disneyland. As a big fan of the HKDL, I am very sorry to hear that the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is going to be cut for new attractions after I visited HKDL on June 6,2017. When I was in HKDL that day,I was also very sad that the Stitch Encounter had alreay closed and moved to Shanghai Disneyland(OMG this is one of my favorite attractions) My first visit to HKDL was at the age of five. The Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and the Stitch Encounter were two attractions that had left a deep impression to me. I really hope these attractions can still remain at the HKDL.

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