When Disney World’s TRON Lightcycle Power Run roller coaster was originally announced at the 2017 D23 Expo, we shared this video to our YouTube channel (below), highlighting what exactly Guests can expect once the coaster opens up at Walt Disney World.
When talking about the project, Walt Disney Company Chairman Parks, Experiences and Products Bob Chapek — who is now Walt Disney Company CEO — explained, “At Walt Disney World it will sit in an entirely new space right next to Space Mountain.”
Recent Construction Progress on TRON Coaster
Progress on the ride is continuing daily and today we have new images of its impressive freestyle wave canopy taking shape in Tomorrowland.
Here, we can easily see the wave-shaped structure (although it is still surrounded by heavy machinery).
In this photo, taken today by Inside the Magic, the crane system that is being used to construct the new TRON roller coaster is fully visible.
More on the Upcoming TRON Coaster
This new Magic Kingdom thrill ride is based on the same ride at Shanghai Disneyland, which is described as:
Experience high-speed thrills and chills as the Grid comes alive in a heart-pounding race for survival. Created as a friendly way for “Programs” and “Users” to interact, the Power Run pits team against team in the quintessential quest to capture 8 Energy Gates and triumph over opponents.
Prepare for digitization after entering the portal—this is your access into the energy, lights and excitement of TRON’s high-tech universe. As you leave the real world behind, you’ll proceed to the games as a member of Team Blue, ready to compete against some of the Grid’s most menacing Programs.
The TRON Lightcycle Power Run coaster is, of course, based on the TRON movies — the first film, which now has something of a cult following, made its theatrical debut in 1982. A sequel, Tron: Legacy, followed in 2010. Rumors still swirl about a third film in the TRON franchise, possibly featuring Jared Leto.
Are you excited to ride Disney World’s TRON Lightcycle Power Run roller coaster soon? According to all official reports from Disney, it is still set to open in 2021 for the theme park’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.