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5 Years After Being Announced, Disney’s TRON Is FINALLY Lighting Up

Ok, Disney fans. How are we hanging in there? It’s been a LONG (and we do mean a long) time since we first began talking about Magic Kingdom Park’s newest roller coaster, TRON Lightcycle / Run coming to Walt Disney World Resort. Well, Disney is taking steps closer to opening with a new update!

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The highly-anticipated TRON coaster was first announced at D23 in 2017. Five years later (yes, that’s longer than it took to build the entire Magic Kingdom Park), Disney is making progress on its massive new Tomorrowland attraction.

TRON has halted the operation of the Walt Disney World Railroad due to the train tracks’ path crossing through the construction zone and needing to be re-routed. The iconic attraction has teased its opening soon, which could also be a good sign that TRON may be getting close to its final stages.

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Walt Disney Imagineering took to social media to share an update on June 14, 2022, along with new construction photos. Disney’s update includes: “Attention Users. Programming Commencing / Imagineers on TRON Lightcycle / Run reached another project milestone at Magic Kingdom last week, with the start of show lighting testing at the attraction canopy.”

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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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The light fixtures look stunning at night! We already have an idea of how TRON will look upon completion as it is modeled after its sister attraction in Shanghai Disneyland, which opened in June 2016. We also know to expect fast-moving steel motorbikes to ride along to match the TRON (1982) film franchise.

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The semi-enclosed coaster will allow Disney Park Guests to experience “the Grid” while riding on a light cycle – much like as featured in the TRON film.

Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has not helped with the construction and the slow crawl of TRON Lightcycle / Run’s progress. If the experience is anything as incredible as EPCOT’s new rollercoaster, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, we’re sure it will all be worth the wait. Hopefully, Disney will provide an opening date soon enough!

About Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.