January 3, 2013

Waitin' at the Buzz Stop: More Fun With Ride Shutdowns

Buzz Lightyear Disneyland ride shutdown breakdown stuck
Ride shut-downs caused by technical issues don't happen frequently at Disneyland Resort, but when such a thing occurs (as it did during our recent ride on Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters), fans don't waste the opportunity; this is when the cameras come out.

The downside of a ride shut-down, of course, is that the story-telling and immersion are pretty much shattered. The fun, however, doesn't necessarily stop...
Buzz Lightyear Disneyland ride shutdown breakdown stuck
Because a situation like this provides a rare chance to look around at the ride system's workings, the prop construction and the many elements you're not normally supposed to see. For a theme park fan, this is actually a moment to be savored!

Buzz Lightyear Disneyland ride shutdown breakdown stuck
As always, the ride's Cast Members were quickly on the scene, safely escorting everyone along the remainder of the ride track to the exit. The ride was up and running again within an hour, while those of us who'd been on the attraction during full-stop "lights on" time took home memories of our up-close, behind-the-scenes tour of Lightyear's Galaxy.


  1. Okay, I think our ride paused once and I took this opportunity to cheat (yes I said it) and get more points. I probably still lost because that game is just not my thing. haha.

    1. I tried to do the same thing, but they shut down the game scoring system almost immediately. :(


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