If you have visited theme parks outside of Walt Disney World, then you are probably aware that Disney Parks have had a rather lenient setup when it comes to which items Guests are able to bring onto attractions.
The majority of rides at Walt Disney World have compartments to keep Guest belongings in right on the individual ride vehicle. As of this writing, the only exceptions to this are Kali River Rapids (which does have a storage compartment but differs from other rides in that it also offers lockers) and Flight of Passage, where items are stored in a space along the back wall, away from your ride vehicle.
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For other attractions, like Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Disney has recently begun putting out extra signage noting that handheld items are not allowed and must either be stored in the designated compartments on the ride or left with a member of your party who is not riding.
The next new attraction to open at Walt Disney World is taking these policies even further by requiring Guests to store items in lockers before entering the final section of the queue.
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TRON Lightcycle / Run is set to open in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom on April 4, 2023, with a virtual queue (or Lightning Lane purchase) only, leaving Guests without the option to wait in a standby line. But this is not the only noticeable departure from past Disney thrill rides.
While fans have speculated that TRON Lightcycle / Run would require lockers (since its original counterpart in Shanghai Disneyland has this requirement) we now have a first look at what this process will look like. Theme park reporter Scott Gustin shared the following video from Disney:
Disney also shared video showing how the new lockers will work: pic.twitter.com/QAQmgLL8hB
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) January 27, 2023
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As shown in the video, Guests will select a locker they can lock and unlock using their MagicBand or Park ticket. There, they will be able to store personal items inside while using a small compartment on the ride vehicle for handheld items like cell phones.
The process seems easy enough, and it should not cause much of a hold-up, if any, with moving Guests through the ride’s queue, but we are curious to see how this process goes once the attraction is open. One of Disney World’s closest competitors, Universal Orlando, already uses a similar process for its attractions so it is likely that many Guests will already be accustomed to the change.
As always, check back here on Disney Tips for all the latest updates on TRON Lightcycle / Run as we move toward the ride’s opening on April 4.