PHOTOS - Latest look at TRON Lightcycle Run coaster construction at Magic Kingdom

Nov 03, 2020 in "Tron Lightcyle Run rollercoaster"

TRON Lightcycle Run construction - November 2 2020
Posted: Tuesday November 3, 2020 8:48am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Here is a latest look at TRON Lightcyle Run, currently under construction at the Magic Kingdom.

As previously reported, the current plan is to complete the exterior canopy before beginning a pause in the project, which will see the coaster moving from a 2021 to 2022 opening.

Parts to complete the canopy are being stored in a facility near to Disney's Animal Kingdom.

According to a post on the WDWMAGIC Forums from a reliable poster who is involved in the supply chain for the construction of the coaster, construction will come to a halt at the end of the year, and will not resume until October 2021.

The plan is to complete the exterior canopies prior to the halt in construction, which will at least provide a visually clean sightline at the back of Tomorrowland.

Numerous factors have contributed to the likely delay in opening. Construction came to a complete halt during the initial COVID-19 outbreak, and although it has resumed, COVID-19 physical spacing for workers has greatly reduced the numbers of people on site. Disney is also seeking to minimize expenditure during this time, and would like to see a return to a more stable financial picture.

TRON was originally to be the centerpiece of the Magic Kingdom's 50th anniversary celebrations.

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MisterPenguin11 minutes ago

Because it's a copy of the one in Asia and it's already been engineered to work (i.e., not collapse) for its shape and size; and making a brand-new bigger one would have added months and months of extra development and ballooned the cost greater than its already exorbitant sum.

Bocabear1 hour ago

I am hoping they do not touch the spectacular architecture of Space Mountain...it in itself is perfection... Adding a Tron Canopy would destroy the architectural intent and ruin the overall look...the way the arcade does... That said there could be some sort of a visual bridge between the two styles without diminishing the look of the original Space Mountain. Shanghai's Tomorrowland is beautiful in person but looks kind of like a shopping center in a metropolitan city...Not as futuristic or whimsical as it could or should be. Yes the Tron canopy is great, but that is really the only thing of interest...

drizgirl2 hours ago

Perhaps there's also less enthusiasm when they realized they're going to have to pay in the range of $80 (in addition to park admission) for a family of 4 to ride said one minute ride. My own personal thought is that new rides are dead to me now. If I stumble onto one easily that would be great. But mostly they're dead to me.

larryz3 hours ago

Notice he didn't specify a year...

larryz3 hours ago

I think people finally realized they've been waiting three years for a one minute ride.

Dunston9 hours ago

I'd be surprised if this opens in Spring. Guardians is more likely to open by then. Just one man's opinion. Why on Earth did Imagineering greenlight the canopy that isn't tall enough to completely obscure the show building?

nbdysreal12 hours ago

Not the best pic to show it, but Trom just blends with the land in Shanghai and still stands out. Especially later with the lights on. I hope DW looks even half as awesome.

ImperfectPixie1 day ago

Gross. I'd prefer a more sleek look...electric cars with under lights to match the color of each car.

TrainChasers1 day ago

A sugar racers theme could tie fantasyland, tron, and IP Tomorrowland all together.

J45461 day ago

replace autopia with a new version based on the duel GP ride in Suzuka Japan. And give it a tron aesthetic, and that area will be awesome

cookiee_munster1 day ago

There's a part of me that likes to think now they've gone with this aesthetic incorporating the curved architecture the tron attraction has whether the rest of the land may adopt some more of this kind of look. I'm intrigued to see whether space mountain could have it's sharpness tamed by some kind of curved canopy instead. and autopia needs to get in the bin.

MisterPenguin1 day ago

Spring.

rle4lunch1 day ago

What's the timeline for open?

EricsBiscuit1 day ago

And they say trains aren’t sexy 😎