PHOTOS - Track installation begins at the Magic Kingdom's Tron coaster

May 10, 2019 in "Tron Lightcyle Run rollercoaster"

Tron construction site - May 2019
Posted: Friday May 10, 2019 11:11am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Steel supports for the Tron coaster track are now visible throughout Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom as work on installing the ride system gets underway.

Based on the The TRON Lightcycle Power Run attraction at Shanghai Disneyland, riders board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles.

The nearby Tomorrowland Speedway will reopen very soon following a few modifications of its track layout to accommodate Tron.

Tron will open in time for Walt Disney World's 50th in 2021.

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DCBaker23 hours ago

lazyboy97o5 days ago

The first Mark VII, which reused the Mark III chassis and Mark V bodies while still requiring one monorail to be destroyed for reverse engineering, was not able to make it around the monorail beam at Disneyland. It couldn’t navigate the turns and ripped off some of the bus bar. Scott Drake was the lead Imagineer for that project and Tomorrowland at Shanghai Disneyland. His current project is the giant box at Epcot.

DisneyDodo6 days ago

For sure, but that was just as true when FPs were free. For any popular ride, not everyone who wanted to ride could get a FP, leaving many guests to choose between long lines or skipping the ride. Of course, the fact that a line is long to begin with implies that many guests prefer the former option.

LittleBuford6 days ago

I wouldn’t wait that long either, but new rides have always come with ridiculously long queues.

James Alucobond6 days ago

People already wait longer than that for 4 minutes of Flight of Passage.

FeelsSoGoodToBeBad6 days ago

Sure it will. But spending a minimum of two hours in the queue for one singular ride that lasts less than two minutes vs whatever else they could do/see/ride? Many Some people will judge that not to be worth the tradeoff. (Edit - better?)

James Alucobond6 days ago

For the average unacculturated guest, things like Rise of the Resistance were already effectively impossible to ride.

LittleBuford6 days ago

Isn't that an exaggeration? Queuing will remain an option for those who don't want to pay.

EricsBiscuit6 days ago

I honestly don’t care about new rides at Disney anymore because they will be impossible to get on without being forced to pay an arm and a leg. Such a shame.

EricsBiscuit6 days ago

Wait what?

lazyboy97o6 days ago

You’re probably one of those ridiculous people who expected the Mark VIIs to actually fit on the monorail beams.

MansionButler846 days ago

It’s a design flaw in both instances. Perhaps they’ll install shrubs up top.

MisterPenguin6 days 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.

Bocabear6 days 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...