Is Disney World’s Newest Attraction Already Damaged?

tron lightcycle run lights on
Credit: Disney

Officially, this roller coaster hasn’t even opened to the public yet. Nonetheless, it’s already sustained some foundational damage.

TRON Lightcylce / Run at Magic Kingdom

Credit: Disney

READ MORE: The Dismantling of Disney’s Splash Mountain Continues as the Classic Attraction Is Torn Apart

The timeline of Walt Disney World Resort’s TRON Lightcycle Run has been rocky from the very start when it was announced during 2017’s D23 Expo.

Construction quickly began afterward in the spring of 2018, and it was scheduled to open as a part of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary (the Most Magical Celebration on Earth) in the fall of 2021. However, the COVID-19 pandemic caused many delays, and the opening was postponed.

Walt Disney World Railroad with Mickey

Credit: Disney

READ MORE: Will This Classic Disney Ride Ever Be Repaired?

Not only that! Many fans were disappointed because the construction of this ride by Walt Disney Imagineering caused the classic Walt Disney World Railroad to close. In short, this roller coaster caused a bit of a stir while it was being built.

In the fall of 2022, it was announced at the D23 Expo that the roller coaster would open in the spring of 2023. Then, in January of 2023, a series of cryptic messages announced the official opening date: April 4, 2023.

TRON Lightcycle Run Art Rendering

Credit: Disney

READ MORE: Is This Historic, Record-Breaking EPCOT Attraction In Danger of Being Replaced?

While the attraction has not officially opened to the public, Cast Members and Walt Disney World Annual Pass holders have had the chance to preview the ride.

Technically, this is a brand-new ride. It’s actually newer than brand-new since it hasn’t opened to the Guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park yet. That being said, because of how it took for Walt Disney Imagineering to construct the TRON coaster, Guests are already noticing its age.

READ MORE: Creator of the Monorails and the Haunted Mansion Says He Won’t Ride This Attraction Ever Again

In this picture, we can see that the concrete foundation is already sporting some cracks.

While this isn’t an immediate problem, it doesn’t bode well that an attraction so new is already suffering from structural damage. What does this mean for the roller coaster once it’s officially opened to the public?

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.