Riders Struggle to Fit on TRON Lightcycle / Run Vehicles During Early Previews

Disney’s newest thrill ride, TRON Lightcycle / Run is set to open to the public this April, but previews are already underway for Walt Disney World Cast Members.

The attraction, which initially debuted at Shanghai Disneyland when the Park opened in 2016, features unique ride vehicles which allow Guests to “Enter the Grid,” just as the action sequence is seen in the 1982 film. With ride vehicles styled more like a bike than a traditional roller coaster car, many Disney fans have been concerned about the accessibility of the ride for Guests with disabilities and Guests of size. Here’s what we know so far.

TRON Lightcycle / Run

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As Cast Member previews are now underway for the attraction, several people who have already experienced the ride reported difficulty fitting into the heavily marketed Lightcycle-style vehicles. Inside the Magic has reported several instances from rides during previews in which Cast Members were unable to experience the attraction in the Lightcycle seats and instead needed to use the accessible seating available on some of the ride vehicles.

While accessible seating is available, with the back row of some trains using standard roller coaster style seats with a traditional lap bar, Guests have already begun expressing concern that if more Guests need those seats than originally anticipated, wait times for these seats could become quite long.

TRON Lightcycle / Run

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The question everyone is asking then ahead of the ride’s official opening date on April 4 is, “will you fit?” According to Cast Members who have experienced the ride, it sounds like this question will largely boil down to the size of your calves rather than your total body weight or where your weight is distributed on your upper body.

Cast Members who have ridden the new attraction and who will be working on the ride on a regular basis, recommend trying the test seat near the ride’s entrance before joining a virtual queue or purchasing Lightning Lane access. If the test seat does not work out, but you still wish to ride, continue on entering the virtual queue or with your LL purchase, and opt for a modified seat.

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Calf size can cause challenges with fitting onto the TRON Lightcycle / Run vehicles due to the ride’s similar (but seemingly more restrictive) system to Flight of Passage in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which features restraints that push on the back of a rider’s legs.

Unfortunately, if calf size is the issue with the new ride vehicles, Guests who are not even overweight but taller than average may also have a difficult time fitting on TRON Lightcycle / Run. The challenges with the new Magic Kingdom attraction also come after fans have continued to express disappointment over exclusionary seating with attractions at Disney’s nearby competitor, Universal Orlando Resort.

We would also point out that the ride does have a minimum height requirement of 48 inches. For Guests who do not meet this height requirement, other Magic Kingdom coasters may be doable including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (40 inches), Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38 inches), and Space Mountain (44 inches).

TRON Lightcycle Run

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Disney’s official description of TRON Lightcycle / Run reads:

Lean forward into the ultimate race of survival! Leave the real world behind and join Team Blue in an epic quest across the Grid—the dark, computerized world with no horizons from TRON. Here, there’s no limit to the excitement.

Climb aboard your very own Lightcycle and take off on a high-speed adventure, racing against the Grid’s most menacing Programs. Surge past your fierce opponents as you attempt to cross through 8 Energy Gates and secure your team’s victory—so you can survive to race another day.

Scheduled to open April 4, 2023, TRON Lightcycle / Run will be one of the fastest coasters at any Disney theme park in the world.

We at Disney Tips will continue to monitor updates on TRON Lightcycle / Run, and will report back with more information as we have it.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."