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.

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lazyboy97o4 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.

DisneyDodo5 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.

LittleBuford5 days ago

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

James Alucobond5 days ago

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

FeelsSoGoodToBeBad5 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 Alucobond5 days ago

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

LittleBuford5 days ago

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

EricsBiscuit5 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.

EricsBiscuit5 days ago

Wait what?

lazyboy97o5 days ago

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

MansionButler845 days ago

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

MisterPenguin5 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.

Bocabear5 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...

drizgirl5 days ago

Perhaps there's also less enthusiasm when they realized they're going to have to pay in the range of $80 (in addition to park admission) for a family of 4 to ride said one minute ride. My own personal thought is that new rides are dead to me now. If I stumble onto one easily that would be great. But mostly they're dead to me.