As five years of waiting draws to a close, Disney Parks releases a video of the newest Cast Member costumes at TRON Lightcycle / Run, set to open next month for General Admission Guests… and many of them have opinions after the reveal.
Since 2018, Disney fans have eagerly awaited the arrival of TRON Lightcycle / Run, a roller coaster thrill ride attraction inspired by the 1982 Disney sci-fi film and its 2010 sequel TRON: Legacy. Just two years after the enormous success of Shanghai Disneyland’s TRON Lightcycle Power Run, Walt Disney World announced a second coaster with a similar premise for Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park.
Just like in the movies, Walt Disney Imagineering explores the relationship between human “users” on Team Blue and the inhabitants of a computerized world known as The Grid, run by Team Orange. Moreover, Guests can get the full experience of a Lightcycle race on the ride, speeding “across a world with no horizons.”
Indeed, TRON Lightcycle / Run will be one of the fastest coasters at any Disney Park, and despite mixed theme park Guest responses during Cast and Annual Passholder previews, fans are excited with each update as the general access debut grows closer. In fact, Disney has shared sneak peeks and teasers along the way, leading up to the ride’s premiere on April 4, 2023.
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Just like at the Disneyland Resort, which opened its newest attraction, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, as part of Mickey’s Toontown expansion, TRON attractions Cast Members will receive a new costume. Disney Parks gave fans an exclusive look at the new designs via TikTok:
In the video, you see three Cast Members in typical black slacks and button-down shirts jump into the air before the ride’s futuristic main entrance queue. Afterward, they land inside the LED-light interior, bathed in blue light, which matches the blue power-grid stripes on their black outfits, drawing inspiration from the movie costumes.
Overall, the costumes received a positive response, unlike their new Toontown counterparts. For example, on the bodysuit design, one TikTok user commented: “Those look like the most comfortable costumes in all of MK.”
However, while many viewers reacted positively, voicing excitement to experience the ride when it opens or support for the specific Cast Members featured, other fans used the opportunity to offer critique, either noting that the TikTok was longer/more impressive than the roller coaster itself or urging Disney to focus less on costumes and more on paying its employees a living wage. Are you ready to enter the Grid next month and decide for yourself?