VIDEO - On location with Imagineers at the TRON coaster construction site

May 16, 2019 in "Tron Lightcyle Run rollercoaster"

Posted: Thursday May 16, 2019 9:34am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today shared a TRON construction update with a video shot on the site of the new coaster at the Magic Kingdom.

As you saw in our previous update, the first of the steel columns are now in place, and this video offers a closer look at the progress so far.

The TRON attraction is set to open at Magic Kingdom Park in time for Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary in 2021.

Discuss on the Forums
View all comments →

owlsandcoffee5 hours ago

Gotcha! I wouldn't have been offended if it was. Your post was very insightful. :)

yensidtlaw19696 hours ago

Oh let me be clear, for SURE my post was not directed at you. It was clear that you get it, I was just diving into that train of thought. No pun intended.

owlsandcoffee6 hours ago

Yes, I think you've made the point I was trying to make, and much better than I did! "It's better to think of the train as the constant thread through the whole park" was my way of phrasing it. My choice of wording was meant to parallel the thoughts of the person I replied to.

yensidtlaw19696 hours ago

This to me is one of the great misconceptions of the contemporary perspective on Themed Design - that placemaking is only as good as it is insular. Disneyland and Magic Kingdom, two of the greatest themed design efforts in history, both frequently, intentionally, and successfully buck this rule. Anyone suggesting that the Train "breaks the immersion" of Tomorrowland is missing the point. At Disneyland the Train has been visibly passing through Tomorrowland since Opening Day and stopping in it since 1958, and at Walt Disney World there has (until now) always been a prominent stretch of track during which the train was consciously shown off rather than hidden. As Martin says, it was intentionally visible in front of Space Mountain. These were no accidents, they were intentional - as you said, the Train is meant to be a thread that strings the whole park together. By this standard, Sleeping Beauty Castle is placed at the end of Main Street only because Walt Disney didn't have the resources to mask it off - but we know this isn't true, the Castle's placement at the end of Main Street was half the point of the park. Same with Cinderella Castle, which takes things a step further and is intentionally visible from every land in the park - the presence of the Castle is not an example of Thematic Intrusion, its juxtaposition is purposeful and serves a point higher than the "immersion" of any one land. Who ever looked and said "oh man, I really thought we were in a Space Port until those Medieval Spires ruined the illusion"? No one, and you're not really meant to. Ultimately, before the park is Tomorrowland or Main Street or Frontierland, it is The Magic Kingdom. This is even more true at Disneyland, where the Monorail, Train, Matterhorn, Skyway, Castle, and more all do (or did) run through or past eachother to a spectacular effect that would never meet the standard of "immersion" where unrelated properties and periods are screened off from each other. The intermingling of these elements has always been one of the great strengths of Disneyland - a feature of its mission, not a liability against it. The purpose of the Berm was to keep the world from intruding on Disneyland, not to keep Disneyland from intruding on itself. There are, of course, things that SHOULD be masked - unthemed showbuildings should of course be hidden, and things like Rapunzel's Tower are examples of actual thematic intrusion because the view of it from Liberty Square was simply not accounted for in its design - its visibility from there is purposeless. But conscious, considered design can successfully place elements from seemingly disparate stories together to create a new one - the story of the greater Park. This is what WED was doing, and what the current ethos of Imagineering frequently fails to recognize. That attractions, lands, and even parks are now typically designed with a different methodology is fine and legitimate - there are a number of things built to this end in the last 20 years that achieve spectacular results in this style. But that is a relatively newer approach in the lifetime of the medium. To suggest that Disney themed design has always been in a race towards this end and merely fell far short back in the day is both to retcon what was actually happening and miss the great, great successes of that earlier approach. People have ALWAYS felt immersed in The Magic Kingdom and Disneyland, but that's not DESPITE the presence of a Castle at the end of a turn-of-the-century street or a steam engine in Tomorrowland, it is much more BECAUSE of it. These are places where "anything can happen", as long as they stoke the imagination rather than ruin the magic. The Train does the former and not the latter.

TrainChasers8 hours ago

It did!?!?

Rich Brownn8 hours ago

I'm still trying to figure out why the background music on Main Street suddenly became Broadway Musical Loop

owlsandcoffee8 hours ago

nor I, lol. I know! I wasn't sure if you did, cause I could see somebody mistaking WED for meaning Walt. Yeah, that's a good point! Yes, correct.

TrainChasers9 hours ago

I was being partially sarcastic (I don’t like shake yo tail feather at all). Walt was dead when Disney World was built. As I mentioned earlier both theme park fans and modern imagineers overthink this. People don’t actually want “immersive” they want to have fun. Now theming is important... but the overall theme is the park itself. Seeing a monorail at the Polynesian isn’t thematically correct, but it just works. Which is the better land, Disneyland Fantasyland? Or Galaxies Edge? I’d vote for Fantasyland anyday! But which is more immersive? Certainly Galaxies Edge.

owlsandcoffee9 hours ago

Might be sarcasm, I'm bad at reading that, but if you're serious I have mixed feelings about that. The night parades are usually contemporary fare and immersion is pushed aside. Main Street becomes a venue more than a themed experience. It's just part of the weird juggling act of themed entertainment. I was referring to WED that is now WDI, not Disney himself. He did like trains, haha and that could very well be part of the reason why they're visible everywhere. My larger part was that the inter-land transports are allowed to break immersion.

Animaniac93-9810 hours ago

Michael Eisner thought so:

lazyboy97o10 hours ago

That’s not “Disney.”

TrainChasers10 hours ago

Yes! That was excellent as well. At Disneyland I kept riding the steamboat trying to get photos of the train along the rocks but I missed it everytime! Ha. I’ve spent so much time around coal smoke with steam locomotives a little tobacco probably isn’t going to do me in. Besides the smoking area was only one portion of the pathway. Why is a parade float with video screens and loud modern pop music rolling down Main Street? I like “shake yo tail feather” but it seems that hearing it could slightly break the immersion of Main Street USA.

Animaniac93-9810 hours ago

MK should have got the Dinosaur tunnel when they closed UoE.

180º10 hours ago

But was King Louie intentionally visible from the Jungle Cruise? 🤔 The other unique thing I love about the Magic Kingdom is how visible the steam train is from outside the park on the East, so that it can be seen from the Contemporary and express monorail approach. It makes the “show” look seamless, as if there is no backstage in between the real world and the park. Same kind of illusion as when illustrated park maps try to convince you that, no, there’s not a loading dock behind Main Street. Just trees! 😬 The Vacation Kingdom knew how to make an entrance.