Walt Disney World Railroad track installation continues around the TRON Lightcycle Run construction site

May 23, 2022 in "Walt Disney World Railroad"

Walt Disney World Railroad track installation in Tomorrowland - May 23 2022
Posted: Monday May 23, 2022 12:25pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Guests aboard the PeopleMover are getting a look at crews installing the Walt Disney World Railroad track behind Space Mountain and into the TRON Lightcycle Run area.

Disney has not yet provided any estimate of an opening date for the railroad, but best estimates suggest it will open alongside TRON late 2022 or early 2023.

The tunnel that will allow the train to pass through the TRON area is still under construction but looks close to completion.

The railroad was closed in December 2018 as construction began on the TRON rollercoaster.

During the closure, the trains were accessible via a static exhibit on Main Street U.S.A. and then later at the Fantasyland station.

With the parks closing due to the pandemic in early 2020, the static exhibits closed and did not reopen with the rest of the park in summer 2022.

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disneytrain2001Dec 22, 2023

I know that, but just be glad the Lilly Belle's wheels only suffered some minimal damage because I believe the engineer closed the throttle for the Tron tunnel after realizing what she had done. Otherwise, if she left the throttle fully opened then it will cause severe damage to not only the locomotive's wheels but also the rails and running gear.

BocabearDec 22, 2023

you have to admit, the grease fires would add to the thrill of the pavilion...and they would sell a lot of Tums... Wonder if they could get Tums to sponsor the pavilion?

MisterPenguinDec 22, 2023

I, for one, look forward to the bi-monthly grease trap fires.

BocabearDec 22, 2023

There! the answer for what to do with PLAY!...The North America Midway Pavilion or NAMP...they could put three spinners in there and 36 deep fryers for carnival food...and add an upcharge to get in the door.... It would be hell scraping all that grease off the ceiling though....

ToTBellHopDec 22, 2023

Oooohh Radiator Springs Racers looks amazing!

Captain BarbossaDec 21, 2023

The North American Midway Entertainment vibes are strong in this picture.

MisterPenguinDec 21, 2023

BocabearDec 21, 2023

They probably could have expanded the speedway and work around tron now that construction is complete.... I just think at this point, unless they do something to bring the speedway up to Disney show standards, they might as well remove it and put something in that will match tone and style with the rest of the park. If they want to make the existing Speedway better, more fitting with it's Tomorrowland/Tron adjacent aesthetic, that would be great...and would be a better argument to keep it...imo

JD80Dec 21, 2023

Taking a segment out of the speedway is well worth the cost of Tron. Trons pretty good.

BocabearDec 21, 2023

it is harder and more expensive to play catch-up after the fact... they let the parks languish too long and now they are having to invest in bringing them up to date....Their underwhelming updates and lack of investment will be more noticeable when Epic Universe opens and Disney is touting a re-vamp of the Little Mermaid stage show...lol

JoeCamelDec 21, 2023

Once Epic opens and they are scrambling for ideas it will be reimagined, sure that will put the pressure on them, sure it will.....

ToTBellHopDec 21, 2023

In 10 years, it will be the Tomorrowland Roundabout.

BocabearDec 21, 2023

LOL! It is pretty done...they are doing nothing with the speedway, the Tron themed speedway isn't happening and the current version has been cut down to a quick loop and back to the station.... Another 21st Century TDO fail.

ToTBellHopDec 21, 2023

Still loud and smelly. Isn’t this topic basically done? I should be using these words to voice outrage over Dr. Facilier.