The Secret to Becoming a Galactic Hero on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Are you ready to obtain a perfect score? Every Guest of the Walt Disney World Resort will have a favorite attraction. Are you a thrill seeker and prefer to ride attractions such as Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind? Do you prefer the classic Disney attractions such as Haunted Mansion and “it’s a small world”? Are simulated rides, including Avatar Flight of Passage, Soarin’ Around The World, and Star Tours The Adventure Continues, more your thing? Or do you enjoy the interactive experiences that Tomorrowland Speedway, Toy Story Mania, and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin offer?

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is a popular Disney attraction in Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom Park. As such, Lightning Lane reservations are available to Guests using Disney Genie+, in addition to the regular line that all Guests can use. Its popularity in the Walt Disney World Resort has likely inspired versions of the attraction to open in other Disney Parks around the world:

  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters in Disneyland California and Hong Kong Disneyland
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in Tokyo Disneyland
  • Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast in Disneyland Paris
  • Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue in Shanghai Disneyland

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is an interactive dark ride that uses an Omnimover system. Guests board an XP-37 star cruiser which has two laser shooters and a joystick to allow Guests to turn the cruiser. Once on board, Guests voyage deep into the Gamma Quadrant as a Junior Space Ranger. Guests are to shoot ‘Z’ targets with their lasers to stop Emperor Zurg, from Toy Story 2 (1999), from stealing batteries from helpless toys. Guests can achieve a score of up to 999,999, with the opportunity to obtain the title of Galactic Hero. There are different titles that Guests can achieve based on their score:

  • Star Cadet, with a score of 0 to 1000
  • Space Scout with a score of 1,001 to 10,000
  • Ranger 1st Class with a score of 10,001 to 100,000
  • Planetary Pilot with a score of 100,001 to 300,000
  • Space Ace with a score of 300,001 to 600,000
  • Cosmic Commando with a score of 600,001 to 999,998
  • Galactic Hero with a score of 999,999

You may wonder if it’s possible to achieve that elusive 999,999 score and how to obtain the title of Galactic Hero. We’re here to share the secrets you need to make it possible!

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How to Become a Galactic Hero

To achieve a score of 999,999 on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, three things are required:

  • fast and accurate laser shooting
  • control your star cruiser using the joystick
  • knowledge of the high-scoring targets and their location

When you board, you have time to settle into your star cruiser and check that your laser shooter works before entering the first room that contains the ‘Z’ targets. Once the laser shooters are powered up, check that it works by placing your hand just a short distance in front and shoot the laser until you see a red dot on your hand. You are then ready to begin your quest.

To achieve a perfect score and gain the title of Galactic Hero, there are four targets that you will need to aim for. Successfully hitting these targets multiple times will allow you to achieve a perfect score. You can earn a score of 999,999 at any point during the ride.


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The Robot

The first room that contains targets features a giant orange robot to the left. Each of its hands has a ‘Z’ target, and it’s the left hand you should aim for, as each target hit is worth 100,000 points. It’s easier to hit this target when you are further away, so prepare to turn your star cruiser to the left upon entering the room. Continue to pilot your cruiser towards the robot while in the room, as it will otherwise the ride will spin you away from it.

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The Claw

“Ooooo, the claw!” Once you’ve passed the robot, pilot your star cruiser to the right, and look to the ceiling to see a giant claw. The target in the center is also worth 100,000 points per hit. This is another target you will need to shoot at from a distance. You will likely find it easier to hit by traveling backward away from it.


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The Volcano

Once you have passed the claw, you will enter the second room. The volcano is where you need to aim in this room. After passing the claw, make sure you turn your star cruiser round to face forward. Once inside the room, continue to rotate your star cruiser to face the volcano. The top target is where you need to aim, with each blast scoring 50,000 points. Not only will your score rise with every hit, but the volcano will also erupt!


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The Bottom of the Spaceship

After leaving the second room, Guests will meet with Zurg. He will be inside a strange-looking spaceship on the right. At the bottom of the spaceship, you will see a ‘Z’ target located just below PITIFUL. This is the final target that will score 100,000 points with every hit. You will need to hit this from a distance as you enter the room, and once you have passed it. Make sure to continue to turn your star cruiser while shooting at your target.


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Once you reach the perfect score of 999,999, you can sit back and relax! While you cannot score any higher, you can still aim for and shoot at targets. Whichever you decide to do, take a photo of your score before leaving your star cruiser. As you make your way through the gift store at the end of the Disney attraction, stop by the register and show a Cast Member the photo of your score. Your hard work will be rewarded with a Galactic Hero sticker, a fantastic souvenir to take home with you!


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Good luck, space rangers! Now go and help defeat Emperor Zurg!

About Victoria Mills

Victoria is a Disney-loving, tea-drinking, Math teacher from Liverpool, England. Her motto is 'work hard, Disney harder'! Having taken part in the Disney College Program back in 2010, Victoria's love and appreciation for Walt Disney World only grew, and it's the place where she feels most herself - it's home!