Will TRON Lightcycle / Run Open With a Standby Line or Virtual Queue Only?

Virtual queues have become a mainstay at theme parks over the years, whether we like it or not. To some Guests, virtual queues have been a welcome addition to the theme park experience, allowing them to spend their time in the Parks enjoying other attractions, shops, and restaurants while waiting for their chance to check out the latest and greatest rides.

Other Guests may miss the opportunity to use a standby line (or at least the opportunity to choose to wait in a standby line), especially if they were unsuccessful at scoring a place in the virtual queue, which can often fill up.

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As for Disney’s next thrill ride, opening in spring 2023 in the Magic Kingdom, fans have been wondering what the process for queueing will be like. Disney has not yet confirmed whether TRON Lightcycle / Run will use a virtual queue, and moreover, whether the attraction will use only a virtual queue (or some combination of virtual queue and Individual Lightning Lane purchase as we currently see with Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in EPCOT.)

Without anything official (yet), our best guess for how Disney will manage crowds at Tomorrowland’s newest attraction will be similar to what we have already seen with Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in EPCOT and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Prior to the launch of Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lanes, attractions that operated with virtual queues often filled up quickly. This led to frustration from Guests who missed the window (often early in the morning by 7:00 a.m.) to go through the process and secure their place in line, and would therefore be unable to ride assuming a standby line was unavailable.

While Disney always has the ability to move to a standby line, which was the case eventually for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, it isn’t a guarantee if or when the company will make the change. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, for instance, is still only using a virtual queue and Lightning Lane. (In the case of Guardians, some Guests believe Disney is keeping the virtual queue to essentially pressure more Guests to purchase Lightning Lanes for the ride when the queue inevitably fills up.)


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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 in Spring 2023, TRON Lightcycle / Run will be one of the fastest coasters at any Disney theme park in the world.

We will be sure to update you here on Disney Tips as soon as Disney confirms the queue process for TRON Lightcycle / Run.

In the meantime, we recommend prepping your alarm clock (and your wallet) in case virtual queues and Lightning Lanes are the only ways to ride next year.

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."