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Disney World Construction Update: What's up with Tron?



September 15, 2020, 3:50 PM ·

Disney is throwing shade on its new Tron roller coaster. Literally.


Walt Disney Imagineering’s Zach Riddley today posted a couple of construction photos of the upcoming TRON Lightcycle Run at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. They show the placement of the first canopy piece that will form the « Upload Conduit » wave structure over the outdoor portion of the roller coaster.

Tron coaster construction
Photos courtesy Zach Riddley, Walt Disney Imagineering

Another view

Space Mountain’s neighbor in the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland will be Disney’s second installation of the Tron-themed coaster, following the original at Shanghai Disneyland.

Given the construction progress in Florida, we are estimating that the new coaster will be ready in time for the Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary on October 1, 2021, although Disney has yet to announce an official opening date for the ride.
Elsewhere at Disney World, we are looking at a spring or early summer opening for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and the expansion of the France pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. (Again, that’s not official from Disney, but based upon our observations and conversations with people in the industry.) This ride is a clone of the Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy trackless dark ride at Walt Disney Studios Paris.

But the big new attraction at Epcot, the Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind indoor « story coaster » that’s going into the old Universe of Energy pavilion, won’t likely be ready just before Epcot’s 40th anniversary on October 1, 2022, according to our best estimates. Epcot’s new World Showcase Lagoon show, Harmonius, likely won’t debut until 2022, either — assuming that Disney is doing big nighttime spectacular shows by then.
Other previously announced new attractions at Epcot — including the Spaceship Earth revamp, the Play Pavilion rebuild of the old Wonders of Life pavilion and the Cherry Tree Lane Mary Poppins attraction in World Showcase’s United Kingdom pavilion — have been shelved.
As for the hotels, Disney has dropped plans for the Reflections Resort hotel project on the old River County site, but the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel project remains go for launch. That hotel could be ready by next summer, though Disney likely will not open it until it is certain that it can book the premium interactive experience at close to its full capacity.

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