Toy Returns Home After Flying “To Infinity and Beyond”

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Southwest Airlines has made magic happen for one family after a beloved Buzz Lightyear toy was left behind on an airplane. Southwest shared the heartwarming story, plus photos of the Disney action figure on his adventures, to their official Facebook page.

Hagen and his family had landed at Dallas Love Field and were already driving off in a rental car when they realized…

Posted by Southwest Airlines on Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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In full, the post reads:

“Hagen and his family had landed at Dallas Love Field and were already driving off in a rental car when they realized Hagen’s special buddy was left behind on the plane. By the time they noticed, the plane was already well on the way to its next destination. Eventually, the aircraft made it to Little Rock, where it was scheduled to terminate for the night. That’s where Jason, a Ramp Agent at LIT, noticed Hagen’s left-behind buddy.

Jason knew someone was missing their friend badly, so he began some investigating to discover who he belonged to. Soon, a name written on the bottom of the boot caught Jason’s eye: “Hagen.” After more digging, Jason learned there was only one “Hagen” who had traveled on that aircraft that day. Instantly, Jason came up with a plan…

A few days later, Hagen and his family received a special surprise in the mail. Not only was his buddy returned, but he arrived in a hand-decorated box, complete with a letter describing his mission at Southwest Airlines, and pictures to boot.

“There’s definitely not enough good in this world, and for someone to take the time out of their day to do that for strangers means the world to us.” –Ashley, Hagen’s mom. #SouthwestHeart”

REX, BUZZ LIGHTYEAR, WOODY, TRIXIE
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Buzz even came home to Hagen — who looks beyond thrilled to see his best friend — with a special note, presumably written by the magic maker, Jason:

“To Commander Hagan,

I am very excited to return to you upon completing my mission. I was able to explore the airport and spaceport in Little Rock, Arkansas while I was away and have included photos of my adventure. My journey has taught me a lot, but I am so thankful to return to my buddy.

To Infinity and Beyond!

Your Buddy,

Buzz Lightyear

Space Ranger”

We are so glad to see Hagen reunited with his best bud, Buzz, thanks to the kind employees at Southwest Airlines.

Buzz Lightyear at Disney Parks

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

two boys on buzz lightyear's space ranger spin
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Located at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is fun for the whole family! The all-ages ride allows Guests to battle the evil Emperor Zurg while competing against one another in a friendly competition.

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The official description of the ride reads:

“Buzz Lightyear’s arch-nemesis from Toy Story 2 is stealing batteries from helpless toys to power a new weapon of destruction. Become a Junior Space Ranger and help stop Zurg!

Board your XP-37 star cruiser and voyage deep into the Gamma Quadrant, where you’ll take aim at the glowing “Z” targets with your infrared laser cannon. Use your cruiser’s joystick to spin a full 360 degrees, so you can blast all the targets in sight.

Do you have what it takes to stop Zurg and his rampaging robot army before it’s too late? The fate of the universe is in your hands!”

Toy Story Midway Mania!

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Toy Story Midway Mania! can be found at three Disney Parks around the world — Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort, and Tokyo DisneySea at Tokyo Disney Resort.

The official description of the Disneyland version of the ride reads:

Andy’s got some new games—and the toys are taking over. Put on your 3D glasses, take a seat in a swiveling carnival car and twirl through the portal to a wild world of toys.

Grab your Spring-Action Launcher and shoot at moving objects with virtual darts, baseballs, eggs and other toy-jectiles. It’s a fast-paced, spinning trip around Andy’s room, complete with Toy Story friends Hamm, Rex, Trixie, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and more.

Compete with other players for the highest score on all the action-packed games. May the best toy win!

Woody and Buzz character meet and greet
Credit: Matt Stroshane, Disney

Related: Buzz Lightyear and Jessie Finally Get a Disney Park Makeover!

Recently, the Jessie character and the Buzz Lightyear character at Hong Kong Disneyland got updated looks at Hong Kong Disneyland. The Toy Story franchise has remained popular at Disney Parks around the world for many years. In fact, both Disney World and Disneyland Paris have dedicated Toy Story areas!

It’s safe to say that Woody, Bo Peep, Buzz, and the rest of the gang from Andy’s room won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

bo peep at disney parks
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Remember, at this time, Disneyland Resort remains officially closed and is targeting a late-April reopening date. Disneyland Paris is also currently closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks are operating at limited capacity with health and safety restrictions in place.

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