Tomorrowland Speedway closing for 5 months to re-route track around Tron

Oct 04, 2018 in "Tomorrowland Speedway"

Posted: Thursday October 4, 2018 8:28am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Tomorrowland Speedway will be closing early in the new year to begin the re-routing of track to make way for the addition of the Tron coaster.

Current plans call for the ride to close on January 2 2019 through to May 17, with a reopening to guests on May 18 2019. Disney has said it will open as the same ride, but with adjusted track.

The Walt Disney World Railroad will also temporarily take up residence at the Main Street Station starting in December 2018, pausing its grand-circle tours of Magic Kingdom Park. During this time, you will be able to get an up-close look at the railroad and take advantage of one-of-a-kind photo opportunities.

View all current and upcoming Walt Disney World refurbishments.

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DisAlMay 22, 2021

If that was a problem you could just tell the customers "That noise you hear is TIE fighters going by."

hosekillerMay 21, 2021

YouTube says the rails are attached straight to the concrete....no ballast

lazyboy97oMay 21, 2021

This reminds me of the story that Space 220 had not properly accounted for the noise from Test Track before it began construction. https://www.railpictures.net/photo/433380/

Captain BarbossaMay 21, 2021

Exactly

DisAlMay 21, 2021

If the track is on concrete rather than ballast in the tunnels (don't remember and have been through them hundreds of times....) then this is probably a rumor. However, stranger things have happened.....

marni1971May 20, 2021

The MkVIs would agree with the railroad issue. As would the original Imagination ride.

rle4lunchMay 20, 2021

This tech needs to replace the Speedway.. https://www.maglev.net/future-of-the-maglev-toys

jt04May 20, 2021

"Bring back the WDWRR!" 🚂 🎄

Captain BarbossaMay 20, 2021

I honestly hope this isn’t true, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it isn’t, but while I remind myself of other stupid construction screwups at WDW over the last several years, I also wouldn’t be surprised if it is true, sadly. In terms of how they found out (if it is true), I’m sure it was nothing more than simply measuring from the top of the opening of the tunnel to the rail. No ballast in either tunnel.

danlb_2000May 20, 2021

... and considering the fact that it's still going to be a while before the train re-opens, they should have plenty of time to resolve the issue.

orky8May 20, 2021

Looks like concrete -- here is a google image coming out of the pirate tunnel: https://www.google.com/maps/@28.4165217,-81.5844212,3a,75y,48.54h,68.27t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sNe19kiiMO-tndjZaRhcTzQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 And here is Splash: https://www.google.com/maps/@28.4193449,-81.5852077,3a,75y,52.91h,62.41t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sDH_yKPFYnf16v8NdDHr5eg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 So, seems this rumor is probably bunk. Hopefully those links work. Best images I could find.

TrainChasersMay 20, 2021

Do either of wdw tunnels have ballast? I’m almost certain the splash tunnel is ties directly on concrete.

EricsBiscuitMay 20, 2021

Then they must have changed the grade quite a bit. I would hate to find out how they figured this out if true. Hopefully no incidents. I would like to think this is just a rumor because it will be a lot of work to fix.

ScottyBurkettMay 20, 2021

Do I need to wear a mask when I'm riding at 3, or can I enjoy the liquid sunshine directly?