How will Pixar’s Lightyear translate to Disney Parks?

Disney and Pixar are still churning out sequels to our favorite movies, whether The world of Nemo, Cars, Monsters Inc.Where toy story. But we’re not quite sure how to label the next movie Light year. It is in no way a sequel, as it does not occupy the same fictional universe as the toy story movies.

The CG animated film stars Chris Evans as the titular space guard, who, along with his fellow astronauts, finds himself marooned on an alien world and must find a way home. However, as you might have already guessed, this Buzz Lightyear is not the one you’ve come to know and love over the years.

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In this movie, Buzz is a human (not a “child’s toy”), and has far more points of articulation than any action figure. Think of it as being in line with the anime series Star Command’s Buzz Lightyear – in other words, it’s the world of Buzz Lightyear, in which there is no place for cowboys and potatoes!

That said, it’s possible the Buzz Lightyear action figure will be referenced in this film, and it’s likely that Chris Evans’ character will continue to inspire said toy and the rest of the merchandising lines as seen in the toy story movies, such as Little Green Men and Emperor Zurg (who will also appear in Light year).

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So it looks like Light year is a kind of spin-off. But could this be the start of a new era of “Toy Story” movies? Will we then see a Woody-centric film set in the Old West? Now that would be nice. Well, however things turn out in the world of cinema, it’s a whole different matter to know how Light year could sweat in the Disney Parks.

There may not be room in Lightyear for a space ranger and a sheriff, but is there room in the Disney parks for two very different versions of Buzz Lightyear? Or are they too similar, and therefore destined to confuse the guests? let’s see how Light year could work in a Disney setting.

Character experiences

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Buzz Lightyear can be found in most Disney parks around the world, and along with Woody and Jesse, the character recently received an upgrade like Walt Disney World and Hong Kong Disneyland, and now all three look much more like their on-screen counterparts. than they did before (see image above for older costumes, which were first introduced in the 90s and never lived up to the quality seen in the movies).

So how the Light year version of Buzz works as a character in the Disney Parks? Well, since this character is meant to be human and not plastic, it’s likely that the actor in the park costume would have his face revealed (like Peter Pan, as opposed to Captain Hook). It would help separate the two versions of Buzz Lightyear, and not only that, but the new version probably wouldn’t occupy the same space as the current one.


Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Disney
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The Buzz Lightyear-themed ride at the Disney Parks goes by many names: Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, and Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue. The ride itself, however, which is an interactive dark ride, only has slight variations. While the attraction is a celebration of the Buzz Lightning brand, it’s obvious that all animatronics are still toys.

It’s already useful for a future ride that revolves around the new Pixar movie. Light year. The main distinguishing feature would be that such an attraction would of course include humans (or at least animatronic versions) and not toys. Not only that, but the ride wouldn’t need to follow the same format as Buzz Lightyear’s existing ones. It can be anything from a guided tour to a simulation experience.


Year of Lightning, Disney Pixar
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When it comes to Buzz Lightyear merchandise at the Disney Parks, it’s fair to say it goes on forever and beyond, as you can find something at almost any outlet. There is no doubt that Disney will want to take advantage of Light year unleashing a wave of goodies in the parks, from clothing to accessories, and action figures to anything you could think of.

This is something that will be quite easy to separate from the usual toy story merchandise. Indeed, several lines of Light year merchandise has already been unveiled, in the form of an 11.5-inch action figure, an XL-15 spaceship, Buzz’s robotic bed, Sox and more. These should be released in the spring, while other sets will be available later in the year. So when you see them in the parks, expect your eyeballs to be “sucked out of their sockets”!

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Pixar Light year will land in theaters on June 17 of this year. You can check out the latest trailer here. Do you think Pixar’s Lightyear belongs in the Disney parks? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page.

Herman C. Harkins