Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is one of my favorite rides at Disneyland, probably because it’s a game AND a ride!
I love seeing if I can get a better score than my all-time personal best, which is pretty good, if I do say so myself! My average score is around 200,000-300,000, so I’ve never gotten close to a million again since this day in 2017. I’m quite competitive, and so is my daughter, so much so that she won’t ride with me. My son just likes to play the game to shoot aliens and help Buzz without worrying what his score will be. Maybe we should all be more like him.
Follow These Tips
Here are some quick tips to improve your score on this ride.
1. Use the Left Blaster
Sit on the left side or ride alone if you’re really committed. Most people won’t slide over if they ride alone, so the left blaster will have been used less often.
2. Know the Shapes
Every target is a different shape, and each shape is worth a different point value. Here are the shapes in the order of highest value to lowest:
3. Aim for Lit Targets
If you see a target that is lit around the edge with a neon tube light, try to be the first to hit it while it’s still lit. It will be worth 10 times its normal value.
4. Steady Your Aim
Keep shooting at a target you are focused on rather than switching around too much. Know where the high value targets are and aim for them. Some rooms have limited targets, so just keep hitting what you can reach at the moment. The blasters have a long range, so don’t be afraid to look ahead into the next room and find a high value target within your sights.
5. Zurg’s Chest Plate
Emperor Zurg’s chest plate hides an unmarked high-value target. You can get him to turn toward you if you hit the square target under his gun. This is how people rack up the high scores if they hit this target more than once. If you get stopped here, you will be able to hit it multiple times because the point-scoring doesn’t stop if the ride vehicles stop!
Email Your Photo
When you exit the ride, just before you enter the gift shop, there are some screens off to the left. Stop at one of these to email a photo of you and your party on the ride, along with your scores and rank if you happen to be in the top 100 at that moment. The earlier in the day you go, the more likely you’ll have a rank listed on your picture!
Help Buzz Defeat Zurg!
What are you waiting for?! Get out there and help Buzz defeat Zurg and return those energy sources to their rightful owners!
Check out the slideshow above to see our scores over the years. What is your all-time high score?