Canopy lighting tests get underway at Magic Kingdom's TRON Lightcycle Run rollercoaster

18 days ago in "Tron Lightcyle Run rollercoaster"

Posted: Tuesday June 14, 2022 6:03pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

TRON Lightcycle Run has hit another milestone as testing gets underway on the lighting system on the main canopy structure.

Walt Disney Imagineering shared these photos on Instagram and said, "This curved-wave structure serves as the Upload Conduit to the Grid, where guests, known as Users, will race beneath on Lightcycles as they begin their competition. In preparation for the race, the Show Lighting team is hard at work testing the system and programming more than 1,200 fixtures across the surface. The canopy and exterior plaza will be brought to life in the coming months as the project team continues uploading and integrating additional show elements."

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J45461 hour ago

tron is gonna be awesome, im loving the pathway work im seeing so far with the curved concrete, I think that area will be pretty spectacular when its done. Also I get having tron so close to SM is weird but where else would it go? Not AK, Possibly Epcot cause I could see them doing some "digital pavilion" thing kinda like how they made GotG "fit" but they got GotG, so that leave MK and DHS. DHS seems like the obvious first choice but if you think about how huge tron is with not just the building and canopy but with pathway work that needs to flow up to the entrance 20ft off the ground because the coaster launches from under it, it just takes so much space and they would have to either dedicate most of the NW expansion to it or maybe get rid of the INDY show and put the area there. So MK is the logical choice because it adds to an area where there was nothing before and fits the aesthetic.... andwill hopefully kickstart a renovation of TL

UpAllNight1 hour ago

Disney have a decent lineup of coasters for their demographic, but in the way Velocicoaster was a smash for Universal & their demographic, the long discussed coaster for Dinoland would have been for AK too. Some things aren't rocket science. Dinosaurs = cool. Coasters = fun. Add the 2, and bam. One of the best theme park combos possible. Disney have missed a trick, but I suspect it's not too late. An airtime filled woody with twists and banks - sure hit. Tron will go down a treat, but I feel the placement next to Space Mountain is just a bit strange. Compared to Disneyland, which has a lot more dark rides (incl Rise, soon Mickey, Indiana Jones). It was possibly just the easy route when the park needed a bit of something else. But it will still be a hit. If Disney added at pace it's maybe not an issue, but the last big ride at MK was like 30 years ago, so that adds to the miss factor.

Rteetz1 hour ago

That’s their opinion, people are entitled to such. We know you’re anti-themed and anti-disney coaster. That’s fine. I wouldn’t declare it the best coaster on earth but who cares if someone else does? You also shouldn’t necessarily jump to conclusions if you have not been on said coaster.

Jrb19791 hour ago

My point wasn't to say it's not thrilling of that it has to be. My point was in regards to the PP saying it's the best coaster out there. It looks like a fun coaster and great fit for Disney.

Rteetz1 hour ago

It’s not the most thrilling coaster but not every coaster has to be. My question tho was to prove that @Jrb1979 is jumping to conclusions without having actually being on it.

bhg4691 hour ago

I've been in it twice and you know how I know it's not a good coaster? Because I like it. No drops and no airtime is what coaster fans dislike. As someone who hates those things it's my kind of ride.

Rteetz2 hours ago

Have you actually been on it?

Touchdown4 hours ago

Guardians is a refined Space Mountain, it is a lot of fun, but the Mummy starts off as a pretty fun dark ride complete with 🔥 then during the coaster portion it actually has airtime (my favorite) and then the ride pauses for even more (and better) 🔥 before a quick little victory lap.

bhg4694 hours ago

I can't think of a way guardians could have an opportunity for more physical sets. The physical elements that you do see go by in a flash though. I really enjoyed it and having only ridden it twice it's still shiny and new. Truthfully I've only ridden Hagrids once, and maybe I would enjoy that less if I rode it more, I don't think so though. In the queue today my wife brought up hyperspace mountain.. and I thought this is hyperspace mountain with a super fancy ride vehicle.. while that oversimplifies it, it's not far from the truth... I LOVE hyperspace mountain though...

TrainsOfDisney4 hours ago

I always enjoy physical effects vs. digital. The fire effects alone make Mummy the best vs. all projections - plus the coaster portions are quite fun and exciting without being crazy intense. *fairness - I haven’t ridden guardians yet*

bhg4695 hours ago

You know what? You make a very good point. I rode it again today and if we are comparing indoor coasters... Especially one with a "theme" mummy may be just as good.. it's a little more intense, scenes are just as good if not better and the surprise ending is still one of the coolest surprises in any attraction.

Touchdown6 hours ago

Let me know when Guardians gets on a best coasters in the world list or even one in America. It’s not even in the top 5 in Orlando. Heck personally it’s not even the best indoor roller coaster in Orlando (The Mummy.). It is however the best roller coaster to ever been built in Epcot. It’s also not going to win the Golden Ticket for best new coaster this year either. Your statements go against the general concencus of the enthusiast community. That’s fine for you to have that opinion but it’s not right to extrapolate it out that it’s a majority consensus.

Jrb19796 hours ago

You're welcome

MisterPenguin6 hours ago

Thank-you for correcting what people like!!