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Tron Lightcycle Run Coaster Ride: Is The Wait Worth It For Disney World Fans

TRON Lightcycle Ride Magic Kingdom, WDW

The global pandemic has taken a huge toll on us in so many ways that we are all forced to slow down our plans and progress in life. Disney World is no exception in this regard. The magical place is left with so many pending plans. Fans have been anxiously waiting  for the upcoming projects that are taking longer than expected. The wait is even longer for  the most hyped attractions such as the Tron Lightcycle Run. Coming to Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom, this all new coaster attraction was first announced in 2017 at D23 Expo Anaheim, California. Based on the popular media franchise of the same name, it is a clone of the TRON Lightcycle Power Run Coaster of Sanghai Disneyland. 

TRON Lightcycle Run Ride Orlando, Florida 1
TRON Lightcycle Run Coaster Ride Orlando Florida

Tron Disney World Opening Date

Expected to open sometime during the WDW Resort’s 50th anniversary celebration, which begins October 2021 and runs through 2023. Tron Lightcycle Run is under construction for quite a long time now and its opening is still a guessing game. Though Disney is silent about the opening dates of this ride, the construction updates and latest images of the attraction area lead us to believe that the day is not   far away. Also the recently released Instagram video by Disney Imagineering, showing the first full-speed launch test of the vehicle is another positive move to our anticipations. Perhaps it may not take that long now when we will be able to experience the incredible ride. May be by the end of the year 2022, or by the end of the 50th celebration in 2023 as sensed by many.

Disney World Tron Ride- First Full - Speed Launch Test
Disney World Tron Ride- First Full – Speed Launch Test

Tron Lightcycle Run brings to life the thrills of 2010 film TRON: Legacy. It is located in Tomorrowland near Space Mountain. Like the large colour – changing canopy of the Sanghai Disneyland attraction, Tron in Orlando is also featuring a huge white canopy as the most prominent feature of the attraction facade. Guests will enter through the show building and board the coaster inside. The ride then begins from beneath the flyover walkway. 

Tron Lightcycle Run Construction Updates

Like the other ongoing Disney projects, works on Tron Lightcycle Run is going on  at full speed. Much of the attraction is taking shape now. Visitors to the park reported about the ride tests conducted by the Imagineers team. Also it is seen that the iconic white canopy has been fully installed now. Underneath the canopy, the main flyover walkway  gets another layer of paving   to it. The flyover walkway leads you over the Walt Disney World Railroad tunnel, into the guests entrance of the show building.

Tron Ride Orlando Construction Site
Tron Coaster Ride Orlando – Construction Site

A second walkway with wooden walls that goes under the coaster is  seen coming up. It goes beneath the first walkway and may connect Tomorrowland to Storybook Circus. Tron Lightcycle Run ride combines both indoor and outdoor experiences. The canopy is protecting the outdoor part of the ride. Thanks to Disney for making it possible to ride during the rain as well. When guests will ride the coaster the canopy will be illuminated with an amazing view of the attraction. 

Tron Coaster - Illuminated Canopy
Tron Ride – Illuminated Canopy

The Walt Disney World Railroad is passing through a new tunnel under the coaster. New tracks come in place of old one. Engine 1 was refurbished and is put to test the new tracks. The Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. is also getting some refurbishment on the side of the building. Guest will walk past or through the store to enter the coaster.

So for now, we can say that the work on the project is at full speed. The  construction updates, the latest images showing new things popping up in and around the attraction area and the busy crew at the construction site, all suggest the advent of another new thrilling experience that Disney has to offer. As of now, there is still time for Disney to come up with an official launching date. 

However, anxious guests needn’t have to worry. Disney is launching another most awaited coaster attraction at Epcot – Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind on May 27, 2022. You can grab the opportunity of a new ride that takes you on an intergalactic chase through space and time with the Guardians.

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