PHOTO - Recently filed permits show the precise location of the TRON coaster and new Main Street Theater

Dec 05, 2017 in "Tron Lightcyle Run rollercoaster"

Posted: Tuesday December 5, 2017 1:17pm EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Recently filed construction plans show us the precise locations of two of the Magic Kingdom's upcoming projects.

Although neither will come as a surprise to those of you following the projects closely, it does at least confirm their positions within the park.

On this plan, MK2 refers to the TRON coaster in the upper right, which can be seen as sitting right behind the Speedway and Space Mountain.

In the lower left corner of the plan, MK1 refers to the new Main Street U.S.A. theater, which we can see is backstage in the area behind Town Square Theater.

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Andrew M3 days ago

Don't get me wrong, I agree there is no way a project of this size should have gotten to ground breaking with an issue like this. That's why I initially doubted that it was true, and unless I missed something it's still nothing more than a rumor. However, I don't think it's completely out of the question. I've also seen major construction projects here in NYC where connecting 48" watermains ended up being 5' apart due to an error in the survey on one phase of the project.

lazyboy97o3 days ago

It’s only an “off-the-shelf design” in that they’re trying to copy Shanghai as close as possible. Im not saying stupid doesn’t happen but we’re talking about years of missing a major coordination issue that should have been modeled with different aspects modeled by different disciplines. Knowing the clearance envelope is a major aspect of attraction building. The whole thing sounds like the claims that they forgot to account for the sound of Test Track in the design of Space 200 which bubbled up as block was just starting to be placed.

Andrew M3 days ago

As a civil engineer I completely agree. However, I've watched plenty of less-than-competent construction crews do things that completely defy logic so I wouldn't think it's out of the question. I can also see them not catching the issue with Tron if it is an off-the-shelf design from Shanghai.

JoeCamel3 days ago

I would think in the tunnel/overpass areas it would be a given that the base goes back as it was, inexplicable how that could happen. In the Tron tunnel it would have been rendered in 3D and if someone input a wrong measurement it may have thrown off the whole modeling so I could see a problem there

Andrew M3 days ago

The ties are all generally the same size, an inch or two wouldn't make a big difference. What I could see happening is if they significantly rebuilt the roadbed and weren't paying attention by how much. An extra 9-12" of sub-base could definitely cause this and may not have been apparent to the naked eye without constantly surveying the site.

CastAStone3 days ago

Nothin floppy about those

MisterPenguin3 days ago

I upgraded to 3 1/2 last year.

HauntedPirate3 days ago

8 inch floppy disks or 5 1/4 inch floppies?

larryz3 days ago

Depends on the operating system.

celluloid3 days ago

Same. Magic Kingdom without a Railroad has been sad. It is also a people eater and one of the great kinetic energies to atmosphere.

JoeCamel3 days ago

Probably mine

James Alucobond3 days ago

I don't think anyone actually believes this is the case. Just pointing out that the discussion last year was about other tunnels, so if this represents the source for the claim made about the TRON tunnel in the video posted on the previous page, it's based on a misunderstanding.

JoeCamel3 days ago

If they ordered the wrong size replacement ties it may have been but the clearance in the tunnel is not a matter of an inch or two and standard ties are all the same right? Wood, concrete or synthetic I don't know how much credence I give to existing tunnels being an issue. eta: or did they pour a concrete roadbed to put the ties on changing the grade? Nah, I don't think so.

M:SpilotISTC123 days ago

Not sure if I’m alone in this thought but I’m more excited for the railroad to reopen than the actual ride. I’m over being excited for it. Eventually your excitement runs out when it take 6 years to build a clone.