TRON Lightcycle / Run has soft opened at the Magic Kingdom and within seconds the boarding groups are gone for 7:00AM drop as well as all Lightning Lane which were priced at $20. The next virtual queue drop is at 1:00PM which is expected to be equally as quick.
We knew TRON Lightcycle / Run was going to be popular and it certainly looks like getting a boarding group is currently going to be extremely difficult.
TRON virtual queue boarding groups were gone within seconds (second drop is at 1pm).— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) March 20, 2023
Individual Lightning Lane ($20) sold out within minutes. pic.twitter.com/QzHP4LKCRw
It was the news we had all been waiting for, at the end of January, Disney finally announced that TRON Lightcycle / Run will officially open at the Magic Kingdom on April 4, 2023.
We learnt at the end of January that as expected TRON Lightcycle / Run will have a virtual queue when it opens and there will be no option of a standby line. The use of the virtual queue was expected as in the case of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Ratatouille and is currently being used on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. Disney has just released updated details on how to access the virtual queue when TRON Lightcycle / Run officially opens on April 4.
When TRON Lightcycle / Run opens at the Magic Kingdom it will have a virtual queue. There will be no standby line so all guests will need to know the following information which has just been released by Disney regarding this process:
"Guests will need to use the My Disney Experience app to enter this attraction. A standby queue will not be available. Each Guest can request to enter the virtual queue no more than once per day during regular park hours.
Guests must have valid admission and a theme park reservation to join the virtual queue. There will be 2 daily opportunities to request to join the virtual queue for TRON Lightcycle / Run:
- 7:00 AM (Guests do not need to be in the park when they join, but must have a theme park reservation for Magic Kingdom park)
- 1:00 PM (Guests must be in Magic Kingdom park to join the virtual queue)
For guests staying in either a Disney Deluxe Resort, Disney Deluxe Villa Resort or other select hotels who are eligible for extended theme park hours they will have an additional opportunity to request to join the virtual queue at 6:00 PM on select dates during extended evening theme park hours.
These guests do not need to be in the park but must have valid admission and a theme park reservation for the same park on the same day to experience extended evening hours. Or have an Annual Pass or ticket with the Park Hopper option and first enter the park they made the reservation for on that day. For further details regarding the virtual queue process, visit the official Walt Disney World website.
Annual Passholders had the chance to secure a preview ride and D23 Gold Members had the opportunity to purchase tickets for a special event to ride TRON Lightcycle / Run before its official opening on March 18. Tickets went on sale on February 15, priced at $50 per person and quickly sold out.
Disney released a video showing the new locker system for TRON Lightcycle / Run lockers. Guests will be required to place all items into the locker apart from cellphones, glasses and wallets which can be stored in small compartment on the attraction. The lockers can be accessed with MagicBand, by ticket or card.
>◎//: Before you enter the Grid, guests can store bags in complimentary digitized lockers unlocked with your MagicBand or ticket. Read more about 4 things to know before you board TRON Lightcycle / Run presented by Enterprise, on April 4: https://t.co/KX7SM9BUaZ pic.twitter.com/I7HG78ohql— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) January 27, 2023
The marquee for TRON Lightcycle / Run was installed a couple of months ago at Magic Kingdom Park in preparation for the opening, as can be seen in photo below.
Although TRON Lightcycle / Run won't make its debut as originally planned as part of Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary celebrations, we now have less than a month to wait until this highly anticipated roller coaster officially opens.
The ride, which will serve as the sister attraction to Shanghai Disneyland’s version, was initially slated for a 2021 opening with original plans hoping to see the attraction begin to welcome guests in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary which began on October 1st last year.
Light testing on the canopy first began back in June, and human testing officially began on TRON at the end of August 2022. In a tweet at the end of December by reporter, Scott Gustin, we see Good Morning America getting a first ride on this highly anticipated attraction.
TRON is set to open spring 2023 at Walt Disney World. @GMA was given an early look at the coaster: pic.twitter.com/xjIpuifbDq— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) December 25, 2022
In the video you can clearly see the completed load area which is lit by classic blue lights representing The Grid just as in the TRON Legacy. TRON Lightcycle / Run has been unfortunately subject to a number of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with work on the attraction having been paused for a number of months.
Are you excited to ride TRON Lightcycle / Run at the Magic Kingdom when it officially opens on April 4? Let us know your thoughts by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.
i booked a trip this fall, many moons ago. i have moved my res to animal kingdom due to this silliness