This week on Vinylmation Vault we are going to head over the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World to visit Buzz Lightyears’s Space Ranger Spin. Pulling out from the Vault will be Park 5’s Buzz Lightyear XP-37 Space Cruiser and the Park 13 Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin “Box ‘O Bot”.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, which opened in November 1998, shares the same Omni-Mover system and track layout as its predecessors dating all the way back to1972 when the attraction “If you Had Wings” sponsored by Eastern Airlines first called the show building home. However, when the contract was to expire in 1987 Eastern Airlines declined to renew their 15 year contract so “If you had Wings” closed on June 1st 1987 and the attraction re-opened without a sponsor June 5th 1987 as “If you could Fly” sans the Eastern Airlines references and remained open for 18 months.
The third attraction to call this place home was sponsored by Delta Airlines and was called Delta’s Dreamflight, which opened on June 23rd 1989. During my first visit to the Magic Kingdom in 1994 I had the opportunity to enjoy this attraction and I immediately fell in love with it. It was an amazing attraction. It was simple, whimsical and entertaining. Having an aviation background I really appreciated the work that was done on how well the attraction portrayed the history of aviation and air travel. The theming reminded me a little of how World of Motion was as well as even some aspects of Horizons were. Unfortunately in 1996, Delta like Eastern before it pulled out of sponsorship thus leaving the attraction with no sponsor from January 1st 1996 to June 1st 1996. Again the attraction went through minor changes and re named “Take Flight” which eventually closed on January 5th 1998 and reopened as “Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin” on November 3rd 1998.
The ride vehicle is called an XP-37, which is basically the same ride car from the previous attractions of course with cosmetic modifications to give it a look and feel of a “Space Cruiser” including the most needed Space Lasers.
The XP-37 rides along the same track layout as before, but the Space Ranger has the ability to freely rotate 360° through out most of the ride.
The Park 5’s Buzz Lightyear XP-37 Space Cruiser has a bit of an odd appearance but when you figure it out it all makes sense The Space Laser makes up Mickeys head and the Body is the ride car. Though the Vinylmation is not an exact replica of the ride car it still looks cool. Some people have said that the front if the vinyl is the ride car from Disney World and the Back is from Disneyland but the ride cars in Disneyland are called XP-40’s.
In the beginning of the ride the Park 13 Box O Bot (Park 13 Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is the official name) target makes his appearance. Unfortunately I am usually looking too busy fighting the Gigantobot Robot with the “Space Saw” before I realize to turn around and look at the Box O Bot. Being a bit picky on detail I wanted to see if the 3” Box O Bot had the same number as the full size Box O Bot has. As you can guess the answer was no. The one on the inside of the hands were missing as it would have been pretty darn tough to get them there but the one on that was a bit of a surprise was the one on the left lapel of the full size one was missing.
Update: 06/10/2014 Great Job goes to Bret who pointed out that indeed the Vinylmation Box 0 Bot does have a target on the inside of the left hand! See Picture below.
Though the Box O Bots look similar between the WDW’s and DL there were enough of differences to call it Park 13 Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin as if they just called it the “Box O Bot” people would point out that the DL Version has different shaped “Z” targets on it just like the entire ride does where the WDW version does not.
It amazing that this attraction has not gone through any major refurbishments since it opened nearly sixteen years ago. Well that’s all for this weeks Vault. Till then Happy Collecting.