Permits filed for construction of the main Tron ride building at the Magic Kingdom

Aug 13, 2018 in "Tron Lightcyle Run rollercoaster"

Posted: Monday August 13, 2018 12:18pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has filed permits to begin construction of the main ride building for the upcoming Tron coaster at the Magic Kingdom.

Details are scarce on the permit, but along with the description of "MK-2 Building Completion Package," the permit does also confirm that long-time Disney partner Whiting Turner Contacting is the primary builder on the ride building.

Disney is yet to announce an opening date for Tron at Walt Disney World, but we expect to see it debut in the Spring of 2021.

This permit comes after site preparation began on the project at the start of 2018.

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JoeCamel1 hour ago

If they would just pony up and get one of these bad boys to pull they wouldn't need a tunnel

TrainChasers8 hours ago

This is modern day Disney... we aren’t getting anything that nice! Ideally they would do “rings” of light using pixel map LED tubes. That could fun. But at this point I’ll be impressed if the tunnel has any theming at all.

Animaniac93-988 hours ago

Like Disneyland's PeopleMover trip thru Tron? skip to 5:10

TrainChasers8 hours ago

Same. If it’s really the entire length of the canopy I hope it’s themed so that it ads to the quality of the train ride rather than detracts.

owlsandcoffee8 hours ago

My hope is that the tunnel looks a little better than the concept art makes it look.

TrainChasers9 hours ago

There is supposed to be a tunnel - hopefully there will at least be a nice lighting package added to the interior of the tunnel to make it feel like you’re traveling through the tron theme.

DoleWhipDrea9 hours ago

It is a shame the RR has been closed for as long as it has. Does anyone know what path the train will be taking by TRON exactly? Will it be traveling through to show off the attraction, or just passing by?

MadTeacup17 hours ago

Judging by the unpoured concrete decking and amount of hardscape work left to perform, we're probably WAY past the point where it could be done by October 1st - even if they resumed right this very moment. That said, with an 18 month duration, I can almost guarantee you that the train will operate "during the 50th." You mean like Reflections-A Disney Lakeside Lodge? Yeah. Tron might have been accepting guests, but all they'd get to see is a grassy field. Hub Grass 2.0 - A Disney Parkside Meadow I'd also like to add that I'm quite happy Reflections was cancelled.

Mr. Moderate20 hours ago

I understand why Disney is delaying projects until the next FY even though I dislike the thought of it and the reason why, but can the powers that be at Disney at least finish up the outside construction enough to allow the train to resume operation? Sure I was hoping that Tron would have been done for the 50th in October and was one of the many reasons why I booked my upcoming trip last two years ago, but at this point finish up the outside construction and give the guests some form of normalcy when visiting MK. Too bad Tron wasn't a DVC project as it would have been done already and accepting guests.

MisterPenguin1 day ago

True, but if in this fiscal year, it will cause the quarterlies to show a net loss for the whole company. That hurts the stocks. Disney stocks are soaring because of Disney+ and the ability to show quarter by quarter, there was no operational net loss. It's about investor confidence. October is the beginning of the new fiscal year. Expect the money hose to open up then.

uncle jimmy1 day ago

It's not making them the money yet either... Guests know its coming, but when? Kind of is like Star Wars Land at DHS, a lot of people waited til it was open to come back... even with Toy Story Land as a draw ahead of it, they waited. Big 50th party, is the Rat and a cupcake and castle swag a draw for people to come now or wait til Tron comes?

mrerk1 day ago

Not really saving them money, just pushing it off to the next FY

uncle jimmy2 days ago

Keep churning away at those pucks... something will spill, I mean prevail.

JoeCamel2 days ago

The rusted part are temp supports that are being removed