How to Take on Your Family and Become THE Galactic Hero

Tips and Tricks for Getting the High Score on Buzz Lightyear Space Range Spin

 Disney's Magic Kingdom Buzz Lightyear - Tips for Being a Galactic Hero

The topic this month is Favorite Family Traditions.  I thought for a moment about what we do as a family EVERY trip and it always came back to Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin.

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Walt Disney World Space Ranger Spin

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At least once each trip we make it to Magic Kingdom for rope drop.  As everyone runs to Space, Splash, and Thunder Mountain we make a bee line to Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin.

We split into pairs but there is no team work here – it is every Man or Mom for themselves.   The goal is to make Galactic Hero and laugh at everyone else scores.  And yes, cheating is allowed.

We have made it a friendly family competition. While there are no lines we walk straight onto our ride vehicle and it is serious business.

the story behind the ride

The ride is based upon the 1999 Toy Story 2 movie.  Hear we learn that Buzz Lightyear has an archenemy by the name of Evil Emperor Zurg.

Buzz Lightyear's archenemy Evil Emporer Zurg

When you enter the ride queue you discover that the Evil Emperor Zurg is stealing crystillic fusion cell (i.e. batteries) from our favorite Little Green Men (LGM).

You are being recruited by Buzz Lightyear to join Star Command and defeat him. Let the training begin.

how the ride works


The ride itself is a shooting gallery style dark ride where you board a space vehicle that has two laser pistols and a joystick.  The pistols are used to shoot at targets of varying point values and the joystick allows full 360-degree rotation of the vehicle.

Walt Disney World Space Ranger Spin - Ride Vehicle Diagram

The vehicle also has a dashboard that shows your score throughout the ride so you know how bad or good you are doing.  At the end of the game you can compare your score to the Status Board to see what Level of Cadet you are.

  • Level 1 Star Cadet: 0 – 1,000
  • Level 2 Space Ace: 1,001 – 10,000
  • Level 3 Planetary Pilot: 10,001 – 100,000
  • Level 4 Space Scout: 100,001 – 300,000
  • Level 5 Ranger 1st Class: 300,001 – 600,000
  • Level 6 Cosmic Commando: 600,001 – 999,998
  • Level 7 Galactic Hero: 999,999
Dual-wielding AstroBlasters, right-hand.

Dual-wielding AstroBlasters (Photo credit: jon_gilbert)

3 tips for becoming a Galactic Hero



Here are my tips for getting the level of Galactic Hero.  Not saying there is not a bit of cheating involved.  It is all about winning after all.

1 : Know the High Point Targets



There are a few 50,000 and 100,000 point targets that can easily get you to Galactic Hero

  • First room – The left hand of the robot and the claw on the ceiling have 100,000 point targets.  For the claw it is easier to hit this target once you have past it by turining your vehicle around backwards.
  • Second room – The top target on the volcano is worth 50,000 points.
  • Third room – The target below Emperor Zurg is worth 100,000. This target is easier to hit as you approach it.  It is hardest to hit when you are directly in front of it.

Walt Disney World Space Ranger Spin - Emperor Zurg 100,000 point target

2 : take advantage of stops



If the ride slows down DO NOT stop shooting – this is valuable time to rack up some points.

Even if you think you have stopped at a bad point shoot at blank walls.  There are sensors everywhere and you may just discover another unknown high point target.

If you happen to stop in range of a high point value target you will easily make Galactic Hero.

Walt Disney World Space Ranger Spin -

3: leverage joystick control



This is a serious decision when competing.  

If you can multi-task it is in your best interest to control of your ride vehicle.  You can position yourself to have a better shooting position and reduce the effectiveness of your fellow rider.  

Now if your fellow rider CANNOT multi-task definitely let them control the joystick and just rack up the points!  

  • Bonus Tip – Toddler Power – If you have a toddler traveling with you make sure they are in the other vehicle and takes control of the joystick. (Telling the toddler that Daddy said he could drive is a valid strategy. There is no shame in it at all.) The toddler will now make getting Galactic Hero an uphill battle for their fellow rider.

Walt Disney World Space Ranger Spin

preserving your win



In the last scene of the game your vehicle will be photographed.  It is always fun to check out the photos and I have yet to figure out a pose that works for me but my husband always goes for extreme concentration.

If you like the photo you can purchase a couple of ways: (at the time of this article)

  • Purchase Disney Memory Maker : Includes all photopass and ride photos.  $149.00 3 days in advance/$169.00 on site
  • Purchase the digital download at the Photo Sales Center: $14.95 for a single photo

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best time to ride


The best time to ride is at park opening. You can ride 2-3 times in a row before a line builds up.

Don’t think that once we have played it is over.  We immediately exit the ride and walk right back in.  Typically we rotate who rides with who.

But the goal is still the same – beat the pants off your family members.  

Walt Disney World Space Ranger Spin

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Tips for becoming a Galactic Hero in Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin in Walt Disney World

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  3. Beth D. August 9, 2013 at 8:04 am - Reply

    Pierre and I have the same “friendly” competition. But interestingly enough, on our last trip, our little Emily, who we thought had no idea what she was doing, got 999,999. Needless to say, she put the rest of to shame with her score!

    • Mary at Capturing Magical Memories August 9, 2013 at 8:57 am - Reply

      Go Emily!!! That’s the way to do it. Quiet but deadly.

  4. Hedy August 9, 2013 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Love Buzz! My dad and nephew once debated their scores.

    • Mary at Capturing Magical Memories August 9, 2013 at 8:58 am - Reply

      LoL! We have had those too. It’s interesting to see what they do to defend or dispute their scores.

  5. PixieBrenda August 9, 2013 at 9:23 am - Reply

    This is a fun post. I must admit that I suck at Buzz but it is so fun to watch my family compete. Now that I have a baby granddaughter, she and I ride and I let her do the joystick and turn us all around since I can’t play it well anyway. Thank you for the great post!

    • Mary at Capturing Magical Memories August 9, 2013 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      I have let Little Man do that. While she is spinning shoot the gun directly ahead. I swear I have hit high value targets on blank walls. I think there are hidden targets to account for the toddler driver. Tell me if you find one.

  6. Melissa August 9, 2013 at 9:38 am - Reply

    I accept your challenge! I love competitive family traditions. 🙂

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  8. Twomomsandamouse March 20, 2014 at 8:32 am - Reply

    My daughter loves this game :))  Thanks for the great tips!  I will share them with her :)) I usually let my husband take her on this.. and I take the opportunity to either ride Space Mountain  for the umpteenth time or relax on the TTA 😀

  9. mamato3blessing March 20, 2014 at 8:32 am - Reply

    This is one of our favorite rides, my boys, husband and I try to outdo each other on this ride. My husband always beats us, me coming in second!

  10. LolliFranklin March 20, 2014 at 8:40 am - Reply

    I’ve only been on this ride once, but I can’t wait for the day when I can bring my kids to WDW and play with them! I know my kids would be super competitive about it!

  11. KimCroisant March 20, 2014 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Just made tentative plans to visit Disney World in spring of 2015 – so excited!! Will be visiting your site often!

  12. HaveSippy March 20, 2014 at 9:59 am - Reply

    that sounds like a  lot of fun  🙂

  13. LoveNerdMaggie March 20, 2014 at 11:01 am - Reply

    We LOVE Buzz! We also really love the Toy Story game in Hollywood Studios, too. They are always must do rides for us.

  14. Linda Bo January 9, 2015 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Now that my youngest is 14 we cannot ride together and agree on the joystick situation – SO we fixed the problem!! NOW, we pretend we don’t know each other when we board the vehicles so that we can ride in our own… BTW: We usually are there at off peak times so we are not inconveniencing others – keeping family peace is worth something, right? My daughter always gets 999,999 and sometimes on both guns in her car! They give you a button celebrating being a galactic hero if you tell them in the gift/photo shop!

    • Mary Connor February 6, 2015 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      Lol! I love the ‘not knowing’ each other part. That definitely takes care of the joystick fight. I can tell you as my kids are getting a bit older that fight is getting a bit harder.

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