Disney World’s Next New Thrill Ride Will Open Without a Standby Line

The Magic Kingdom is currently in the midst of putting the finishing touches on one upcoming thrill ride, while just beginning the construction process on the next. And as these attractions open, it looks like more virtual queues are in our future when visiting this Disney Park.

In Frontierland, Splash Mountain has now permanently closed to make way for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The new log flume attraction will keep the same layout as its predecessor but will retheme the ride’s design to The Princess and the Frog. And in Tomorrowland, Imagineers are putting the finishing touches on TRON Lightcycle / Run, the Park’s newest roller coaster opening this spring.

TRON Lightcycle Run

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After more time under construction than the entire Magic Kingdom Park itself, TRON Lightcycle / Run is finally set to open on April 4, 2023. As we come into February, this opening date will be here before we know it, so Disney has begun sharing information on what the queue process for the newest addition to Tomorrowland will look like.

Theme park reporter Scott Gustin confirmed that in order to “enter the grid,” and experience TRON Lightcycle / Run, Guests will need to join a virtual queue or opt to purchase an individual Lightning Lane for the attraction:

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Virtual queues are often debated by theme park fans, with some Guests preferring the virtual process to save them from spending lots of time waiting in line, while others prefer to at least have the standby line as an option, especially if the virtual queue is difficult to navigate or fills up quickly.

Lightning Lane purchases can alleviate some of the concern over scoring a spot in the virtual queue, but of course this comes at an added cost and might not be the best option for everyone.


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TRON Lightcycle / Run will also be the first thrill ride at Walt Disney World to require Guests to store their personal belongings in lockers (or with a friend or family member who is not riding) rather than in a compartment on the ride vehicle.

Disney’s official description of the new attraction 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.

Additional information on the virtual queue process for TRON Lightcycle / Run will be available closer to its opening date on Disney’s official website. We will continue to share updates on Disney’s next new coaster as we have them here on Disney Tips.

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."