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Long-Closed Magic Kingdom Attraction Marks New Milestone Toward Reopening

The next thrill ride to arrive at a Disney Park has been under construction for several years (in fact, construction for this one attraction has taken longer than construction on the entire Magic Kingdom itself!)

TRON Lightcycle / Run first opened at Shanghai Disneyland in 2016, with a new version of the attraction set to (finally) open at the Walt Disney World Resort in Spring 2023. Along with construction on the new attraction itself, work on the new Tomorrowland roller coaster has impacted the Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. shop, which serves as the exit to Space Mountain, and the Walt Disney World Railroad.

Cinderella Castle

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Since the opening timeline for TRON Lightcycle / Run was announced earlier this year, Disney fans have been hoping to hear of an earlier reopening date for the Walt Disney World Railroad. This iconic Magic Kingdom attraction circles the perimeter of the Park with stations on Main Street, U.S.A., U.S.A., Frontierland, and Fantasyland; however, it has sadly now been closed since 2018.

Disney has even teased the return of the Walt Disney World Railroad for several months by showcasing Cast Members returning to the attraction and photos and videos of the trains testing on social media. While Disney has not shared any further official updates on the status of the railroad, new video shared to Twitter by @touringplans has shown a new milestone as a train is seen moving through the TRON tunnel:

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While the railroad has been closed, Guests have sometimes been able to get a closer look at the authentic antique trains while they are located in the Main Street, U.S.A. station, and Cast Members have since returned to the Fantasyland station to assist Guests until the ride reopens.

Walt Disney World Railroad

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Disney’s official description of the Walt Disney World Railroad reads:

All Aboard!
Listen to the clamor of the engine, the chug of the wheels and the call of the whistle as you travel aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad.
Take your seat on 1 of 4 meticulously restored, vintage narrow-gauge steam trains—originally built between 1916 and 1928—and enjoy a relaxing 20-minute, 1.5-mile scenic round-trip tour.

It’s a convenient—and nostalgic—way to get around Magic Kingdom park!

We will continue to monitor updates from the TRON construction site and the reopening of the Walt Disney World Railroad, and will report back with additional information as we have it 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."