Disney Parks Make Surprise Changes to Buzz Lightyear in Celebration of ‘Lightyear’


Those who saw Buzz Lightyear recently in Tomorrowland noticed he looked somewhat different. To commemorate the theatrical release of Disney/Pixar’s Lightyear, Disney Parks has replaced the toy character with a face version of the Space Ranger for Disneyland Park.

Official Disney site Laughing Place social media page announced the change this week. Buzz is not a plastic figure wearing a space suit.

Visitors can now see the character greeting them in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. You may occasionally find him outside of the Galactic Grill, near the Tomorrowland Terrace. Based on the “real”Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Tim Allen in the computer-animated movie that inspired this toy. Pixar’s star Pixar action figure has been a familiar face to fans. Toy Story With his friend Woody, he has been a franchisee for more than 25 year.

Buzz Lightyear’s meet and greets are nothing new. Toy Story fans have met him at Magic Kingdom as well as Hollywood Studios for many years. He was once right next to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. However, due to COVID restrictions, he was now greeting fans from Tomorrowland. 

Buzz appears to be more of a toy character than a real one in Disney Parks. Buzz’s head is visible as he is a face character. Buzz’s spacesuit features more realistic accents, unlike his purple space cap and signature wings. Buzz’s chest is covered with a number of buttons, a dial and the Star Command logo. It also features Buzz’s name, which is like a nametag.

Disney Parks’ Buzz voice isn’t evocative of the iconic Tim Allen character nor Chris Evans’ portrayal. However, he’s still in character as an alien astronaut seeking intelligent life. Much like the movie, Toy Story protagonist.

There’s also speculation that the Tomorrowland attraction could get a permanent Lightyear update. Space Mountain at Disneyland might be completely remodeled to reflect the Tomorrowland revamp. Lightyear film. This film clearly shows the structure which seems to support this rumor.