Disney Sets Tron Ride Opening Date

Walt Disney World has announced the opening date for its long-awaited Tron ride. Tron Lightcycle/Run will make its Magic Kingdom debut on April 4, the company announced on Tuesday.

The attraction has been under construction for years at Tomorrowland, on land adjacent to Space Mountain and Tomorrowland Speedway. This work also disrupted the operation of the Walt Disney World Railroad which passes through the Tron site; the train resumed operations last month and is now going through a tunnel as it approaches the new route.

A similar Tron ride debuted at Shanghai Disneyland in 2016. At the D23 Expo in 2017, it was announced that the attraction would come to Magic Kingdom in time for Disney World’s 50th anniversary. Other announcements from this exhibit include Epcot’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser and the Disney Skyliner transportation system.

At the D23 Expo in 2022, Disney said this ride would open in the spring of 2023.

Tron’s announcement came on the heels of Disney saying the “Happily Ever After” and “Epcot Today” nightly shows would return to Magic Kingdom and Epcot, respectively, on April 3. These additions will arrive with the first week of the official end of Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Disney described Tron’s ride as a “roller coaster” type attraction. It is topped with a “curved wave” canopy. The vehicles are inspired by motorcycles and look like vehicles from the “Tron” movies. Riders lean forward and grip the handlebars, while a pad secures passengers from behind. The ride in Shanghai hits 59.3 mph, according to the Roller Coaster database.

Disney World Cast Members, Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members will have preview opportunities before April 4, according to the Official Disney Parks Blog. Details were not shared.

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