The original Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin opened at the Magic Kingdom in 1998. Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters opened in Disneyland in 2005 replacing the always broken Rocket Rods.
Both rides are family friendly mobile shooting galleries that take full advantage of the Omnimover ride system (most notable from the Haunted Mansion). The ride system gives you a joystick to maneuver around with as you shoot at colorful targets throughout this dark ride. It is like a real life video game. The ride keeps score as you make your way through an environment full of space aliens and robots. You and the kids can help Buzz and the Little Green Men defeat the evil Emperor Zurg as you compete for top score.
When comparing these two rides there is a clear winner.
Visitors used to the Disneyland version will easily become frustrated at the older Magic Kingdom version. I really don't know why they haven't updated this one fatal flaw in the Orlando Version.... I'm talking about the guns.
The guns on the Disneyland version came out of the holster and are attached by a cord allowing the rider to freely move them around and aim and shoot them. The Space Ranger Spin version is stuck to the front of the ride vehicle and much more difficult to use, Both rides are fun and have cool environments --but the gun issue is hard to get past when comparing them.
The Winner: Disneyland
Disneyland clearly has the better BuzzLightyear ride.
Of course both rides pale in comparison to Toy Story Mania which is the next leap forward in this type of ride.
Which ride do you prefer??