Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – Episode 120

Hop into a space cruiser with Rick and John Donahue this week to zap some aliens on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.

Hope you enjoy today’s video, be sure to leave a comment!

Rick Howard

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21 comments on “Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – Episode 120”

  1. Tony says:

    Well Buzz is a favorite of mine, its a must do. Peter Pan is a favorite dark fide if I can get on it…lol

    PS The Etch A Sketch you mention with the ride instructions is actually a Magna Doodle

    I also heard that there are 4 different shaped targets. Round, square, triangle, and diamond shaped. The triangle and diamond shaped targets are worth the most points?


  2. Chris R says:

    favorite dark ride past is the original Journey into Imagination
    favorite now is probably Maelstrom if it counts


  3. Steven says:

    we are dvc members & go to wdw 2-3 times/year. often when our friends go, 1st timers or not, contact us for info & tips. we give them plenty of info & also tell ’em to go to for great videos! as a matter of fact, my family will be at wdw starting tomorrow for the week! 3rd time on these annual passes—not bad being from nc! too bad you’re out of town, would enjoy meeting you if possible. i’m the guy who on twitter corrected your spelling of “whahoo” to wahoo….hahaha….gotta look out for those disney adult beverages! some of them will sneak up on you! anyway, keep up the great work…oh & by the way, my favorite dark ride at wdw is toy story mania! without a doubt…awesome attraction…


  4. Jean B says:

    Present: Buzz of course
    Past: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
    Hall of Fame: Haunted Mansion

    Thanks so much for the scoring tips. I’ve been shooting at the wrong targets.

    Thanks for all you work on the videos each week. They are my Disney fix when I feel too far away!


  5. Kevin Nelson says:

    Awesome, Rick and John, Buzz Lightyear’s Ranger Spin is a family favorite. I watched Amanda’s show on how to score big time and I talked a big game last time, but came up short, my boy was just randomly shooting in the tunnel and racked up 300,000 point and beat me silly. I didn’t tell my family about the left hand of the robot or the volcano and I still couldn’t hit em, oh well, I need more trips to WDW to practice! I’ll use any excuse to get back! John, I’ve been checking out your website a lot, it’s awesome, great work! My favorite dark ride is The Haunted Mansion, has been since I was 4! Thanks Rick for bringing the most magical places on Earth to me, I’m so thankful. Y’all keep up the great work and keep us Disney Maniacs smilin’!!!


  6. Penny Serrato says:

    That was fun. Thanks. My favorite Haunted Mansion Just because it is a classic and does Pirates qualify that would be on the list also.


  7. Joanne S. says:

    We love this ride as much as you. It’s trip repeater. If we don’t do it at least three times the ride must be down. Thanks for the great tips. Hopefully I will be able to hit those targets and finally beat my husband. He actually hit something in there that gave him so many points he reached 999,999 points. Unfortunately, once you reach that you can’t get any more points. It kind of spoiled it for him since it happened about half way through the ride. I guess sometimes it’s more about the journey and less about beating your ride mate’s score. My favorite dark ride has got to be toy story mania with Buzz being a very close second. Past favorites have to be Peter Pan and Space Mountain.

    Thanks again for a great video.


  8. cathy mullen says:

    Hi Rick,
    My husband and I do not do very well when we go this attraction. We do much better at Toy Story Mania .
    My favorite dark ride is the Haunted Mansion. Thunder Mt. would be my past favorite because it is too jerky for my old back now!


  9. Domenica says:

    Hi Rick
    Well Buzz is a favorite of mine, its a must do. My favorite dark ride is The Haunted Mansion,


  10. Hey everyone, @travelingharris here. I’ve got to say my favorite dark ride is Peter Pan, I love that feeling of flying over London and seeing everything from above.

    Check out the new blog post over on to read how much of a blast it was to film this episode!



  11. disneygramma says:

    Favorite current (AND past actually) HAS to be Haunted Mansion.
    Close running 2nd favorite dark ride current is Space Ranger Spin and Pirates comes in a very close third.
    All time 2nd favorite dark ride in past would most definitely be Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, I miss that sooooo much, I wish they would consider bringing it back to WDW.
    Thanks for taking me on yet another journey through a favorite attraction that lets me be there when I am not actually there. Love your osts and look forward to them, keep up the great work Rick!


  12. Duane says:

    My first experience on the Buzz Lightyear ride was to say the least exciting. About 100′ into the ride it broke down and we had to walk out and be escorted off the ride. It was good and bad. We never got to finish the ride but we all got unlimited Fast Passes for the rest of our say. Pretty Cool!.
    My favorite dark rides are the Rock’n Roller Coaster and Peter Pan.


  13. Thelma Huss says:

    Rick the Ace! Fun ride. My favorite is Haunted Mansion from start to finish!


  14. Nicklas Yeager says:

    Hey Rick.
    I really like Buzz Lightyears’s Ride. In 2009, when I went, I did lousy. I had a heck of a time hitting the Z’s. I also like the themeing on the attraction. You also gave some really helpful tips. I don’t have a favorite past attraction, because I started going to Disney in 2003. My favorite dark ride, however, is Space Mountian. See you next week.


  15. John Broadwater says:

    My favorite dark ride is space mountain and splash mountain. Great show thanks


  16. Robert Nordmark says:

    Hey Rick and John, Buzz Lightyear’s Ride seems like a lot of fun. I am definitely going to ride it the next time I am at WDW. I really like Buzz Lightyear. A couple of months ago I walked into a Disney Store and they were selling the Ultimate Buzz Lightyear robot (store demonstration model) for just $20–(regularly $120). I bought him and he sits with me in my living room. I love hearing him say “To infinity and beyond…”.

    My favorite dark ride: The Haunted Mansion

    See you next week,



  17. Susan Miller says:

    My favorite is the Haunted Mansion. Buzz Lightyear is one of our favorites. We plan on taking our grandsons in a few years, I can’t wait!


  18. Scott Allen says:

    Great camera (and audio) work, guys! We look forward to finally trying this as a family later this year. Favorite dark ride present: Spaceship Earth (fun to “choose your own future” at the end). Past: Horizons (still remember the citrus smells at the end!).


  19. Peggy Hickey says:

    I’m late viewing this episode, but I’m glad I finally saw it. Thanks for those tips. I did not know there were special big scoreing targets, which explains my pathetic previous scores. 🙂
    I LOVE dark rides, and one of the best in the world is Disney’s Haunted Mansion. No neon, but that’s fine with me. I do miss Horizons, which was also a dark ride. There were some awesome innovative areas in that ride. I hate losing the old rides. I’d rather they just update a little and leave them, and add new rides somewhere else. WDW in Florida is a very big place. There’s room for more. 🙂


  20. Kristine says:

    Thanks for another great video and the scoring tips I will use on our next trip to make sure I beat my daughter. My favorite dark ride is probably Pirates of the Carribbean.


  21. I had to ride it last year. It was June 13, 2011. I got to ride Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin 8, or 9 times. I got stuck 4, or 5 times. I got to be in the Fast pass Line 5 times. I got to video of it while I was in the Fast pass Line & getting on the ride. I got to video while I was shooting at the Z’s targets & I had 4500 points.


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