TRON Lightcycle / Run was first announced all the way back in 2017 and was originally slated to open for the beginning of the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration in October 2021. We now know that this highly anticipated attraction will open on April 4 at Magic Kingdom.
Yesterday, the post-show actually opened for the first time and you can watch the video below which was posted to twitter by reporter, Scott Gustin. This area certainly looks extremely cool!
The TRON “Team Green” post-show is open tonight. A quick video of the area: pic.twitter.com/bhooK23Z9o— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) March 7, 2023
Walt Disney Imagineering released photos on Instagram earlier this week showing the finishing touches being put on the TRON Lightcycle / Run post-show. As you can see, Imagineers had just finished installing Team Green’s Lightcycle and were finishing up the installation of a collection of graphics throughout the space.
Hype has reached epic proportions in the last few weeks as Cast Member previews have been taking place. Disney Parks released this POV video to get us even more excited.
It certainly looks from the video and photos above that when TRON Lightcycle / Run officially opens on April 4 that it will wow Disney fans with its speed and adventure, however, there have been concerns about whether or not the ride will be accommodating to guests with larger proportions.
At the beginning of February, Disney shared a number of photos and a video of the canopy of TRON Lightcycle / Run which has now been officially powered on!
Disney has shared new photos of TRON’s “curved wave” canopy, also referred to as the “Upload Conduit,” being powered on in its entirety for the first time at Magic Kingdom.— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) January 30, 2023
And the photos come from the man, the myth, the legend — @samhowzit. pic.twitter.com/W8K7CYCm3D
Disney Parks released a video on TikTok showing the canopy in action at a point where Team Orange is coming after Team Blue and they've got to outrun them into the grid. The lights are being programmed to be in sync with the music, sound effects and light cycles themselves.
@disneyparks >◎//: Upload Conduit, power on. TRON Lightcycle / Run officially powered on last night 🥏 #TRON #Disney #RollerCoaster #DisneyParks #DisneyWorld #Ride #Attraction #Coaster #Orlando ♬ original sound - Disney Parks
For further information and photos of the powering up of the canopy of TRON Lightcycle / Run you can head to the Disney Parks Blog. July 9 , 2022 was the 40th anniversary of the 1982 film, TRON that first introduced us to the Grid. The Grid is the digital gaming world in which the original film, TRON and the sequel from 2010, TRON: Legacy are based. It is these films that have provided the inspiration for TRON Lightcycle / Run.
When TRON Lightcycle / Run opens, it will be the fastest roller coaster in any of the Walt Disney World parks. We already know that guests will board their own Lightcycle and be launched on an adventure in the Grid.
Guests will feel instantly digitized upon entering the queue and once on your Lightcycle you will embark on a race with family and friends as part of the blue team (as can be seen by the blue wheels) against the orange team, with the aim to secure victory by winning the race through eight energy gates.
We are promised an action packed, heart pumping and wild race through the Grid which should leave guests feeling exhilarated and desperate for another ride. Are you impressed with the canopy? Are you excited for the official opening of TRON Lightcycle / Run on April 4? Let us know by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.