Disneyland Paris Adds “Crackle Tube” Effect To Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast

Disneyland Paris has shared a video showcasing Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast’s new Crackle Tube effects which were added during the attraction’s refurbishment.

(Disneyland Paris)

(Disneyland Paris)

What’s Happening:

  • Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast at Disneyland Paris reopened on June 17 after being under refurbishment for more than a year. Part of the refurbishment work focused on lighting, and Walt Disney Imagineering took the opportunity to add a new outdoor lighting effect in collaboration with BTB GES, who worked on the project.

  • They integrated neon light “Crackle Tubes,” a technique that was created and patented by Wayne Strattman, an American specialist in lighted glass plasma technology. The team went to the United States to present the project to Strattman to get his expertise and knowledge.
  • Guests can check out the new effect on lighting all around the attraction the next time they visit Disneyland Paris.

More on “Crackle Tube”

  • The “Crackle Tube” effect produces bright, fast-moving lightning inside a glass tube that is packed with small pieces of fill material like cut glass tubing or glass beads.
  • The gas discharge moves through spaces between the fill material, concentrating light into thin, bright streamers that take the form of lightning which changes direction at random and is touch interactive.
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