Will the Walt Disney World Railroad Be Closed For Nearly 3 Years?

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The famous Walt Disney World Railroad, which gives Guests the grand circle tour of Magic Kingdom, has been closed ever since December 2018 so Disney World could begin construction and make way for the upcoming TRON attraction in Tomorrowland.

At this time, Disney still has not announced a reopening date for the Walt Disney World Railroad. However, after examining the Disney World refurbishment calendar, as well as seeing the progress being made on the TRON attraction and what Disney has deemed “priority projects,” here’s everything we know about the Walt Disney World Railroad thus far.

Walt Disney World Calendar

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The last time we updated you all, the Walt Disney World Railroad was listed on the refurbishment calendar through January 2, 2021. However, now you can see this attraction is listed on the calendar through March 2, 2021 (which is also as far ahead as we can look at this time).

It is more than likely once the calendar extends to further dates, the refurbishment/closure of the Walt Disney World Railroad will also be extended.

TRON Construction

TRON Construction
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As we mentioned before, the Walt Disney World Railroad has been closed to Guests ever since December 2018 so Disney could begin construction on the upcoming TRON Lightcycle / Run attraction, located in Tomorrowland. If Disney World never closed the Railroad, not only would it get in the way of construction workers working on the TRON attraction, but it would also allow Guests to get behind-the-scenes looks at the upcoming attraction. Therefore, the Railroad will more than likely stay closed until TRON Lightcycle / Run makes its debut.

At this time, Disney has not yet announced an opening date for TRON. Initially, it was expected to open in time for Disney World’s 50th anniversary, which takes place in October 2021. However, with construction coming to a halt due to the pandemic, workers fell behind and now we are unsure when this attraction will open.

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2021 or 2022? Disney Explains “Priority Projects” – TRON Not Listed

Disney did confirm that the TRON project has “picked back up in stages”, and so they are continuously working on the attraction to get it ready for its big opening day, however, again, Disney has not yet announced when they plan to debut the highly anticipated attraction. In fact, despite construction continuing on the project, when Disney mentioned which projects are “priority” back in September, TRON Lightcycle / Run was not mentioned. So, it could still be slated for a 2021 opening, but it also could have easily gotten pushed back to 2022, given the impacts that the pandemic has had on construction projects at Disney Parks.

It is more than likely we won’t see the Walt Disney World Railroad reopen until TRON debuts due to the fact that it really will get in the way of construction. Inside the Magic will continue to update you as we get information regarding both of these attractions.

More on the Walt Disney World Railroad

Walt Disney World Railroad
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If you’ve never had the chance to ride the grand circle tour around Magic Kingdom, check out the official Disney description here:

Listen to the clamor of the engine, the chug of the wheels and the call of the whistle aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad.

Ride 1 of 4 meticulously restored, vintage narrow-gauge steam trains—originally built between 1916 and 1928—and enjoy a relaxing 20-minute, 1.5-mile scenic round-trip tour.

It’s a convenient—and nostalgic—way to get around Magic Kingdom park!!

Find a Station
You can board or disembark at any of 3 stations:

  • Near the entrance to the park on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • The Frontierland station
  • The Fantasyland station

You can take a ride on the Walt Disney World Railroad just before it closed in December 2018 thanks to our POV ride through here:

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