LAKE BUEVA VISTA, Fla. — TRON Lightcycle Run, the highly-anticipated, high-tech thrill ride, will officially launch at Magic Kingdom in just a few weeks—April 4, to be exact.
What You Need To Know
- TRON Lightcycle Run is the newest roller coaster at Disney World
- The ride officially opens to the public on April 4
- Based on the Tron films, the ride lets riders enter the Grid and race against Team Orange
- RELATED: Disney World releases details for TRON virtual queue
Located in the Tomorrowland area of the theme park next to Space Mountain, the new coaster is one of the fastest at any Disney park in the world.
Spectrum News was invited to Disney World for a preview of the new attraction.
The ride is inspired by the sci-fi film franchise that include 1982’s “Tron” and its 2010 sequel “Tron: Legacy.” In this real-life version, riders will become “users” and be transported to the digital world known in the films as the Grid. As a member of Team Blue, riders will board sleek motorcycle-style ride vehicles called light cycles and race against the menacing Team Orange.
“You get to experience riding a lightcycle, which is a very unique ride system that allows you to feel like you’re being immersed on that Grid and racing through to capture the eight Energy before your opponents do,” said Dan Flynn, principal show manager with Walt Disney Imagineering. “It’s a very different experience than some of our other attractions at Disney World.”
As visitors make their way under the canopy, they’ll soon enter indoor portion of the queue, which features a futuristic design and dark hallways with blue hues.
A first for a Disney World attraction, TRON Lightcycle Run will require the use of lockers for storing larger personal items. To access the free lockers, visitors will use their MagicBand or park ticket to unlock them. For smaller items like cellphones or wallets, each lightcyle ride vehicle has a small compartment near the handle bars.
Once through the queue, riders will then board the lightcycles, which they’ll straddle like riding a motorcycle. A back and leg restraint will secure riders in place. For those who might not fit the lightcycles, there is an accommodating seat, which resemble a more traditional coaster seat.
TRON is fast, but riders won’t be going upside down on this coaster. However, the launch, which send riders speeding from inside the building to the outside part of the track, provides a big thrill.
Visitors don’t have to be a TRON aficionado to enjoy Disney’s latest ride. However, those who have seen the films can appreciate some of the Easter eggs and other nods such as the Shiva laser in the queue or the Siren, which acts as a guide through the attraction.
TRON becomes a different experience at night, thanks to its large, curved canopy known art the Upload Conduit. It lights up in alternating colors of blue and orange.
“It really changes the skyline of Tomorrowland,” Flynn said. “It really enhances it. It pulses all that energy that guests will be able to experience on the Grid as they ride through the Upload Conduit.”
When it opens on April 4, TRON Lightcycle Run will use a virtual queue system instead of a regular standby line. To access the ride, visitors will need to join the queue through the My Disney Experience app. There will be two daily opportunities to join the queue—at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., however, visitors can only enter the queue once per day.