Disney's Astro Blasters
My favorite part of Disneyland is Astro Blasters in Tomorrowland (the line is always
short, it's interactive and fun), but everybody gets random scores because they
don't know how it works. Here's how it works. Enjoy and get your initials/picture
on the high score board for the day. Or don't - I just thought I'd try to help and
spread the love. Get a high score, make your friend look like a scrub, whatever
makes you happy. Plus you know I like to put data together in one place for easy
access... this is the best and most complete set of consolidated data about the
subject that I'm aware of. Further information is great/appreciated, of course -
send along to zachd at microsoft dotty com.
How to get a great score at Disneyland's Astro Blasters
A guide to getting high scores and bringing five year olds to
In order: Triangle, diamond, square, circle. There's a chart just before you get
in the carts that does NOT have any numbers or text, just shows those in order (left
to right). If you don't know what you're looking at, it seems pretty random. Evidently
in Tokyo Disney the chart actually tells you the point values, but not in Disneyland.
ZURG! is 50,000 points. There's a VERY small target hidden in the middle of his
chest where the cowl would meet. It's extremely hard to hit, but worth it. You can
sometimes see the ambient light glint off of this target, which can make it easier
to find and hit.
Triangles are 10,000 points. Those are typically hidden or hard to get to.
They're on the back-side of robot's hands, in jack-in-the-boxes you have to shoot
open, behind moving objects, etc. The (very) easiest one is behind the final moving
Zurg - and then after that goes out of reach there's one in a jack-in-the-box RIGHT
behind you. (Seriously, it's seamless, turn around quick.)
Diamonds are 5,000 points. They're fairly hidden but there are lot more.
The dark tunnel with the flashing red targets is full of them.
Squares are 1,000 points. They're everywhere.
Circles are 100 points. They're REALLY everywhere. They're also pointless
to shoot, really, unless they open something, because ... what a waste of time.
Hit one triangle and you've just hit 100 circles.
The You Suck Bonus If you fire six times without hitting anything, you get a 100 point bonus. The reason that's
important is that you might have thought you hit something but you didn't really.
As a gag, you can shoot nowhere five times and then shoot your friend for 100 pts.
* The left side of the cart is MUCH better positioned than the right. It's probably
worth an extra 50000 -100000 points.
* Keep firing once you hit a target. It's worth that much EVERY time. So
once you hit a triangle, keep firing as fast as you can.
* The guns suck. Start firing at the walls as soon as they turn on so you can figure
out how your dot aims relative to the gun position.
* All the guns always have a flashing red target/scope light (flashes every second?),
so you will get confused by everybody else's. Adapt. Even the empty gun in *my*
cart threw me off a bunch of times. If you're riding by yourself, put the other
gun down on the seat. Seriously.
* I don't know how much the glowing targets are worth. Doesn't seem to be worth
much. You activate those with the lame online game. Then if the live player in the
ride shoots them, that gives the online guy an opportunity to get "huge" bonus points.
* If the ride breaks down, KEEP FIRING.
* You can turn the cart with the little stick, but generally: why? If you're with
somebody, turn the cart 10-15 degrees left and both seats will have good positioning.
* If you manage to crack the top 50(? may be top 100) instead of saying "score"
above your score, it'll say Rank. I didn't know about this until I got "Rank 42",
which was definitely exciting. So of course I had to try again, and did much better.
* If you go early in the day, you're much more likely to crack the top 50. Duh,
of course, but -- why not try? Plus if you stay at a Disney hotel, you get to go
in an hour earlier than everybody else, which means you're pretty much guaranteed
top 50. *thumbs up*
There are further notes on scoring + hidden triangles
==Triangle locations (verified at Disneyland)==
* On the back of the robot's hand in the first room
* behind the spaceship that waves back and forth
* on the back of the circling aliens in the Alien Volcano room. you have to be a
little lucky to be able to shoot at it - if you do get a shot, STAND UP and you'll
be able to shoot over the obstructing closer alien and shoot at it some more. This
is the only time in the entire ride you should need to stand up.
* in the jack-in-the-box after the volcano in the Alien Volcano room
* two hidden triangles in the walls of the black "speed" tunnel (this is also where
your picture will be taken)
* Behind the right of moving Zurg's shoulder in the final room (this is the easiest
one to hit in the entire ride)
* In a jack-in-the-box behind you in the final room after you pass to the other
side of Zurg, turn the cart to hit it
The picture gets taken in the dark hallway that has the red flashing targets. I
had a beastly pose at the end of the ride because I didn't know where the
picture was taken. Oh well. =) It's free to send the picture to yourself at
Highest daily score I've ever seen (so far) is 7.x million. Highest all-time score
is 11.5 million. For most people, you won't be able
to go over 700,000 unless the ride slows down to let on people in wheelchairs.
High scores are credited to "LGM" (little green men) until you sign in and give
your initials at the post-ride email screen.
Disneyworld's version has mounted guns. Sucks to be them.
They built the Disneyworld version first, then the Tokyo version, then the Disneyland
version. So either Tokyo or Disneyland should be the best - I liked the Disneyland
version best, but only had time to go on Tokyo Astro Blasters once.
A supposed Disney employee said that space cruisers 25-30 tend to go the slowest
(they're exactly opposite the wheelchair cruisers, I guess?). I don't know if that's
true, but -- FWIW.
The online game supposedly ties in with the theme park game, but I have only tried
it offline so far. It kind of sucks.
There is indeed at least one Hidden Mickey.
Score Status Board
+999,999 - L7 - Galactic Hero
600,001-999,999 - L6 - Cosmic Commando
300,001-600,000 - L5 - Ranger 1st Class
100,001-300,000 - L4 - Space Scout
10,001-100,000 - L3 - Planetary Pilot
1,001-10,000 - L2 - Space Ace
0-1,000 - L1 - Star Cadet
==Disneyworld: Secret Targets== (information from Mike, thanks!)
100,000: Outside of the Boxing Robots (Box-o-Bots) right hand
100,000: Hanging claw (right after the Box-o-Bot on the opposite side before you
enter the next section)
100,000: Bottom of Zurg's ship
50,000: Hidden chest targets on the two moving Zurgs (JUST beneath the tiny target
on his chest, in between the chest plates)
25,000: Top of the Volcano
25,000: 2 Hidden Targets in the "Zurg Escapes" Portion on either side of the entrance to the next room.
The Disneyworld Space Ranger Spin at Magic Kingdom is a pale shadow of Astro Blasters. The guns are fixed and the firing mechanism is via push-button instead of trigger. But! If you do end up going, aim for the secret targets: