Tron Roller Coaster Coming To Magic Kingdom
One of the biggest pieces of news to come out of D23 Expo 2017 was the addition of TRON Lightcycle Power Run to Magic Kingdom. In a park with an undeserved reputation for being just for kids, the addition of a new, thrilling, futuristic roller coaster was met with widespread acclaim.
In this post, well be giving you all the details about the TRON roller coaster coming to Magic Kingdom, and as we get closer and closer to opening, this post will probably house our touring strategy and review of the attraction. Read on to learn about all the TRON coaster coming to Magic Kingdom!
TRON Construction at Magic Kingdom, June 2021
Walt Disney World: Two Projects Removed From 2021 Release Schedule
Disneys official fan club D23, made an announcement of all of the new content and opening Disney has planned for 2021. The number of new movies, shows, and specials is long and impressive, they also noted Remys Ratatouille Adventure in Walt Disney World and Avengers Campus at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. A couple of projects were notably missing from the list: Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind and Tron Lightcycle Power Run.
Vehicles for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind attraction in Epcot
Both of these projects are being built within the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and have had their construction delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While there was hope they would open in late 2021, we had reported earlier that a well-informed source had leaked that the projects were going to be wrap up outdoor construction, to keep the area looking nice from the outside, but the indoor construction would cease until late 2021 to keep costs down. This would lead to a likely opening date in 2022.
Concept Art for the upcoming Tron: Lightcycle Run attraction coming to Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom
Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind is being built in Epcot and Tron Lightcycle Power Run is being built in the Magic Kingdoms Tomorrowland. The Tron attraction is a clone from the Shanghai Disneyland ride, the parks highest rated ride by guests.
What About The Tomorrowland Speedway
There were lots of rumors that the Tomorrowland Speedway would have to close in order to make way for the new attraction, however, that isnt the case.
The Tomorrowland Speedway needed to be closed during parts of the construction phase and the track was slightly altered to accommodate the coaster. However, the new attraction will be located in an new area, just to the side of Space Mountain:
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Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director James Gunn commented in that they still need to film the scenes for Cosmic Rewind, and then in, James Gunn that he was currently working on Cosmic Rewind. If they are still currently working on the scenes for the ride, whether filming or editing in post-production, that would mean a quick turnaround to get this ride opened by October 1st.
While there is no official opening or delayed date yet, its probably safer to guess Cosmic Rewind will open alongside TRON sometime in 2022. Keep in mind 2022 is EPCOTs 40th Anniversary, having opened in 1982. Its possible if there is a delay, it could time up to debut the new major attraction during EPCOTs big year.
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The Cosmic Rewind concept art shows a in front of the building, which weve seen in Guardians of the Galaxy films.
Somebody Is Having A Birthday
If you hadnt already heard, Disney World has a pretty big celebration coming up soon: their 50th birthday!
That happens in 2021 and Disney has promised that this exciting new TRON attraction will be open by then.
Of course, since that date is so far out we dont know much more than that, but, we do know that construction on the project is underway and signs are even being spotted now in Magic Kingdom:
The attraction itself is based on the TRON Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland. The ride vehicles on that attraction are similar to the ones for Flight of Passage only instead of being stationary, they move. Heres a look a model ride vehicle at D23 in August 2019:
Also on display at D23 were the new costumes for Tron cast members. Check them out below:
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Breaking: Tron Lightcycle Power Run Opening Date Revealed For Magic Kingdom Construction Begins Next Week
According to a recent filing, work on the TRON Lightcycle Power Run roller coaster at the Magic Kingdom is set to be completed just in time for Walt Disney Worlds 50th anniversary in 2021.
With construction starting February 6th, 2018, the filing claims the work will be complete by August 16th, 2021 . The attraction should open in Tomorrowland somewhere around that time.
Exciting Progress Is Being Made On The Tron Attraction Coming To Magic Kingdom Park
by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks
Recently, we celebrated another major construction milestone for the much-anticipated TRON attraction coming to Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort the first steel support columns have been installed!
The steel columns will serve as the framework thatll support the coasters track in Tomorrowland. And today, we have a special look at the columns and the progress Walt Disney Imagineers, Disney cast members and project teams have made in bringing the attraction to life.
The TRON attraction is based on the guest-favorite attraction TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland. This coaster-style attraction will allow riders to board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles for a thrilling race through the digital frontier.
Earlier this year, cast members continued a Disney tradition by signing their names on one of the first steel support columns for the new attraction. Check out our original TRON story for more images.
The TRON attraction is set to open at Magic Kingdom Park in time for Walt Disney Worlds 50th anniversary in 2021.
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Magic Kingdom Vp Gives Update On Highly
All the way back in 2017, Disney announced at its D23 Expo that it would be bringing the popular TRON Lightcycle Power Run from Shanghai Disney to the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort where it will be called the TRON Lightcycle/Run. While an opening date was never given, it was believed that the ride was going to be finished in time for Disney Worlds 50 Anniversary celebration that will kick off this October.
Unfortunately, the TRON project has suffered numerous delays including a huge one due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will not be opening this October. And while a huge amount of progress has been made to Disney Worlds new roller coaster, it is unlikely that the ride will even open this year.
However, in a recent podcast interview, the Vice President of Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom, Melissa Valiquette, gave an exciting update on just how far along the Lightcycle/Run has come. Valiquette spoke to the Theme Park Rangers podcast and said that she has sat in a Lightcycle vehicle.
I have sat on the TRON Lightcycles here in Florida and it was spectacular. I tell you what, just sitting on that Lightcycleit was a thrill and it didnt go anywhere. You know, I was sitting on a wooden box on a Lightcycle and I still felt like it was thrilling.
Are you excited to hear the progress that is being made on TRON Lightcycle/Run? Let us know in the comments!
What If I Definitely Want To Book My Trip When Its Open
Wait to book. Heres what I previously wrote :
Lookstuff happens. Its always possible that something derails the plan and the coaster doesnt even open in 2021. But the safest you can reasonably be to plan a trip to ride it would be to book a trip in 2022, which will be after 2021.
I was right. Stuff happened. Now, theres really no way to guarantee youll visit once its open. At this point, Id be looking at early 2023 to be safe, but probably holding off on booking until more information is announced.
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Rumors Point To 2022 Opening Dates For Tron Lightcycle Run And Guardians Of The Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
As the dust settles on the financial situation of The Walt Disney Company, credible rumors are circulating on the WDWMagic forums that would suggest that both TRON Lightcycle Run and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will miss their 50th Anniversary opening dates as Disney looks to continue to tighten their capital expenditures.
According to forum poster Seanual757, Disney will continue to work on weather sealing the TRON Lightcyle Run gravity building until this December, when construction will see a pause until October 2021. The poster claims to be a vendor on the project and has posted credible information in the past. The pause in construction is reportedly a holding period of sorts as The Walt Disney Company continues to monitor attendance and cash flow into 2021 to continue to fund the project.
To add to the rumors, known insider has suggested a 2022 timeline is in the works for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind over at EPCOT. The E-ticket attraction promises to blast guests back to the big bang in an energy-themed attraction that aptly takes over the former Universe of Energy attraction space.
As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news and photos from around the Disney Parks!
How Scary Is The Tron Coaster
Im usually a person that encourages everyone to try every attraction, at least once, but there is no doubt that the Tron roller coaster is definitely going to be scary for some guests.
Tron Lightcycle Power Run will immediately become one of the most intense rides in Disney World the minute it opens due to the high speeds at which the trains travel, and steep turns and drops. It also reaches heights of up to 70ft off the ground, so definitely not for the faint of heart.
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The View From Tomorrowland
Im very curious about when well finally hear an opening announcement for Tron, so I decided to take to the Peoplemover to get a better view of the construction!
I was in luck! As I enjoyed my birds eye tour of Tomorrowland, I caught glimpses of active crews working to level the ground around the track and canopy area.
Massive diggers and cranes worked to remove extra concrete near the attraction.
Riding Tron Lightcycle Power Run
Now that youre actually on your lightcycle and ready to go, this is where the magic happens. Like many great roller coasters, Tron gets you off to a quick start with a launch directly from the tunnel. Hold on tight to the grips, lean forward, exhale and youre off into the grid!
The music that blares with the launch is awesome, with heave bass vibrations filling your head and shaking your body. Tron wastes no time to get you up to top speed, hitting 60 mph right at launch.
The position that riders find themselves in though is what makes this really special. If youve been on Flight of Passage before, then imagine that, but on a roller coaster track!
The ride is very smooth with no shaking or rattling action, making it an incredibly comfortable experience. The turns are fast and youll find yourself starring at all the effects throughout the canopy and the show building as you race the other train through the course.
My favorite effects of all though are when the lightcycle bikes themselves light up every time you pass through a gate, indicating your lightcycle has been successfully recharged for the next stretch. The whole thing is mesmerizing and will leave you in awe!
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What Is Tron Lightcycle Power Run
Get excited people, because the Tron roller coaster, Tron Lightcycle Run, Tron ride, or whatever you want to call it, is coming to Walt Disney World! What exactly is it, and why does it have such a long name??
The proper name for the attraction is Tron Lightcycle Run. Its a futuristic roller coaster based on the TRON franchise and has guests climb aboard the iconic two-wheeled Lightcycles as they race and speed through this mind-bending roller coaster track in The Grid.
Thats right, generic future themes are played out. The digital frontier is where you are going on Tron.
It is an indoor-outdoor coaster, which is covered by a huge hanging canopy marked by its changing colors. It will be a dominant fixture on the Magic Kingdom skyline when opened and will attract guests from all around the park.
Rumor: Tron Lightcycle Run May Still Not Open For Another Full Year At Magic Kingdom
TRON Lightcycle / Run was originally supposed to open at Magic Kingdom in time for the start of The Worlds Most Magical Celebration on October 1, 2021. However, due to COVID-19 and the various budget constraints and layoffs of the last 20 months, the new coaster has been significantly delayed.
Disney has not made an official announcement about an opening timeframe for TRON Lightcycle / Run, but the attraction is now not expected to open until at least fall 2022 according to sources. This would be well over one year after it was originally supposed to launch , if it even opens by the end of next year.
The attraction was mentioned a few times at the Destination D23 event, but no one would make any reference to an opening timeframe.
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Disney World Construction Update: What’s Up With Tron
Walt Disney Imagineering’s Zach Riddley today posted a couple of construction photos of the upcoming TRON Lightcycle Run at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. They show the placement of the first canopy piece that will form the “Upload Conduit” wave structure over the outdoor portion of the roller coaster.
Space Mountain’s neighbor in the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland will be Disney’s second installation of the Tron-themed coaster, following the original at Shanghai Disneyland.
Given the construction progress in Florida, we are estimating that the new coaster will be ready in time for the Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary on October 1, 2021, although Disney has yet to announce an official opening date for the ride.
Elsewhere at Disney World, we are looking at a spring or early summer opening for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and the expansion of the France pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. This ride is a clone of the Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy trackless dark ride at Walt Disney Studios Paris.
But the big new attraction at Epcot, the Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind indoor “story coaster” that’s going into the old Universe of Energy pavilion, won’t likely be ready just before Epcot’s 40th anniversary on October 1, 2022, according to our best estimates. Epcot’s new World Showcase Lagoon show, Harmonius, likely won’t debut until 2022, either assuming that Disney is doing big nighttime spectacular shows by then.
When May Tron And Cosmic Rewind Actually Open
A recent story published by D23 discussed Every Upcoming Disney Movie, TV Show, Disney Parks Attraction, and More We Cant Wait to See in 2021. Noticeably absent was any mention of TRON Lightcycle Power Run or Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. Now, perhaps these will both still open in 2021 but I am speculating this will not be the case and that perhaps the opening of both is still quite a ways off.
Before I go further, I do want to state that this is not what I *want* to happen, but putting myself in the shoes of Disney executives, this may be what they are thinking. Also, even without these two attractions, I do believe there are plenty of new things to make a trip to Walt Disney World in 2021 exciting especially if you stayed away in 2020.
So why might the opening of these under-construction attractions be delayed?
With many of the Disney parks being closed for parts of 2020 and some are still closed combined with the current reduced capacity seen in the parks that are open, The Walt Disney Company needs to start generating income from the parks before they will invest money into new major capital expenditures for them. This is a way of saying not to expect them to start on any major new projects for quite some time.
In short, if these are the last new major attractions to come for quite a while, why open them all at once and then go a long period with nothing new opening?
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