ATTENTION: THE FOLLOWING REPORT IS A RUMOR. PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING STORY WITH A GRAIN OF SALT.
Buzz Lightyear is perhaps one of Pixar’s most popular characters. Not only was he one of the main protagonists of the long running Toy Story franchise, but he also had his own Saturday morning cartoon Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and a line of action figures. Many people have grown accustom to the classic toyetic look of the galactic hero. But now sadly things might be changing for the beloved hero.
A new rumor suggests that Disney is looking to “upgrading” a few attractions at Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom, which includes the popular Buzz Lightyear: Space Ranger Spin. The ride opened at Walt Disney World in 1998 and at Disneyland in 2005. It is a dark ride where guests can become a real space ranger and hale battle Emperor Zurg with laser guns. Guests can also score points and the one with the most points wins.
The ride has the classic more Toy Story look as well as having a lot of influence from the Buzz Lightyear of Star Command television series. But former Disney show runner and television producer Tad Stones stated that the people at Pixar hated the show because it didn’t line with with their vision for the character, especially John Lasseter.
The rumor suggests that Disney will be looking at the box office success of the upcoming Lightyear movie from Pixar. If the film is a box office success they will plan to update the attraction to match the aesthetic of the new movie to try and promote it a new film series.
Both fans of the classic Toy Story series and the early 2000s cartoon will most definitely take issue with the changes to this classic ride if these rumors are indeed true.
Hopefully this is just a rumor. Who really wants to see a creepy uncanny Chris Evans Lightyear animatronic?
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