Beginning Sunday, Dec. 2, Walt Disney World Railroad will begin its temporary closure at Magic Kingdom park to make way for the construction of a “Tron” ride coming to Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland. The closure of this classic train is only the first of temporary closures of Magic Kingdom rides to make way for the construction of the futuristic Tron attraction, which will open by Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021.
Construction of the upcoming Tron attraction is currently taking place to the left of Space Mountain, adjacent to Tomorrowland Speedway. First announced at D23 Expo 2017, the attraction will be based on the TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland, which debuted when the park opened back in 2016 and quickly became the park’s highest-rated attraction.
Similar to the iconic railroad, Tomorrowland Speedway will also be facing temporary closure, which according to the Orlando Sentinel, will be starting Jan. 1, 2019. In their initial announcement of the ride’s temporary closure, Disney stated the attraction’s track would receive an adjustment prior to its official reopening.
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The date on which either attraction will be returning to the park is unknown at this time. Earlier this year, when Disney first announced the temporary closure of both attractions, the company stated that the speedway would return to normal operations in the summer of 2019.
Even though this magical journey around the Magic Kingdom is taking a short break, guests will still be able to see the train at Main Street Station, where guests will get an up-close look at the famous train and take advantage of rare photo opportunities with the train’s cars.
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Source: Orlando Sentinel