Four Years Ago TRON Lightcylce Power Run Construction Began

Four Years at TRON Construction
Images Credit: Disney / Clipart

It’s wild to think, but roughly four years ago, the highly anticipated Magic Kingdom Park roller coaster, TRON Lightcycle Power Run, began its construction process. Now, four years later (or a whopping 1,461 days)… we’re still eagerly awaiting the attraction’s completion.

Credit: Shanghai Disneyland

When TRON opened at Shanghai Disneyland in June 2016, it was met with much success. The semi-enclosed launched steel motorbike roller coaster attraction is based on the Tron franchise, as it takes Disney Guests on a ride through “the Grid” on their own light cycle vehicle. Of course, it only made sense to bring this impressive attraction to Walt Disney World Resort!

During a D23 Expo, Disney announced on July 15, 2017, they would be opening TRON in the Tomorrowland portion of Magic Kingdom Park. Clearing of the ride location at Magic Kingdom began in February 2018, with the hopes that the attraction would be ready to welcome Guests in time for Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary celebration which kicked off on October 1, 2021.

TRON Lightcycle Power Run
TRON Lightcycle Power Run (Credit: Disney)

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As we ride through 2022, there are signs that TRON may not be complete in 2022, and instead, it seems like 2023 is a better guess as the possible opening year for the new roller coaster.

With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting Disney Parks hard in 2020, construction came to a halt which obviously didn’t help forward progress. As a result, the beloved Walt Disney Railroad has also remained closed since December 3, 2018, due to the TRON construction which required track adjusting.

TRON Lightcycle/Run
TRON Art Rendering (Credit: Disney)

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Of course, Universal Orlando Resort has had a little fun with the extremely slow construction by taking to social media suggesting TRON won’t be complete until “Summer 2072.” If TRON opens in 2023, that’s a full 6 years since it was first announced to the public (2017). That means 6 years for one Magic Kingdom roller coaster. Meanwhile, Universal is expecting an entirely new Theme Park within 6 years called Epic Universe which was announced in 2019 and will likely be complete in 2025.

The good news is we know the attraction will be worth the wait! Just check out this ride through of the Shanghai Disneyland attraction:

While we keep an eye on TRON’s construction progress, we are thrilled with Disney’s confirmation that EPCOT’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster is scheduled to open this summer.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.