Press Release from Disneyland Resort News - May 3, 3005
Real and Virtual Worlds Collide at Disneyland!

“Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters,” New Tomorrowland Attraction,
Sends Guests to “Infinity and Beyond!”

ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 3, 2005) – Disney’s trademark creative storytelling and state-of-the-art technology combine to create “Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters,” an all-new interactive Disneyland park adventure, officially opening in Tomorrowland during the kick-off of the park’s 18-month-long “Happiest Homecoming On Earth” 50th anniversary celebration, launching May 5, 2005.

“Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters” is inspired by a Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios film, “Toy Story 2.” The new out-of-this-world experience is the first Disney theme park adventure in the world to feature a real-time interactive on-line component (premiering June 6) during the actual “ride” portion of the attraction.

This never-before-attempted convergence of the real world and the virtual world allows guests on the attraction to be randomly paired with online players via web-cam technology. At-home participants will help increase the scores of riders on the attraction by raising the value of targets along the way. This pairing of technologies has resulted in the most interactive attraction at Disneyland.