A brand new futuristic-looking roller coaster is coming to the largest Disney park in the world.
And this, from April 4, 2023. Within the Florida park, “TRON Lightcycle / Run” is located between Tomorrowland Speedway and Space Mountain.
The attraction aims to be one of the fastest of the American company's parks.
It is inspired by the scenarios of the films
, released in 1982 and
Tron: The Legacy
, the second opus in the saga released in 2010. In detail, visitors to the Orlando attraction will be installed in Lightcycles, motorcycles emblematic of the science fiction film.
On board, they will be embarked on the cult race that can be found in the films.
Their objective ?
Opposed to the Orange team (the name given to the team made up of malicious computer programs from the Grid, a virtual world created by the father of the protagonist), they will have to cross eight “Energy Gates” first.
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This attraction represents the second gateway to the Grid, the first being located in China.
And for good reason: “TRON Lightcycle / Run” is a replica of the roller coaster that has already existed in the Shanghai Disneyland park since 2016. Its roller coaster propels visitors at 97 km/h: it is one of the fastest attractions in all Disney parks.
Building on this success, the company therefore decided to duplicate it in the United States.
The routes of the two attractions must also be similar.
In the background will be broadcast the original soundtrack of the film, composed by Daft Punk.
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Work delays had delayed construction
The attraction was originally scheduled to open in 2021. AdobeStock / Joni
Before the official announcement of the opening date of "TRON Lightcycle / Run", Disney had slipped several clues for the attention of the fans.
The creation of "TRON Lightcycle / Run" was first mentioned in 2017, during the D23 exhibition, a biannual fan convention that brings together diehard Disney fans to introduce them to the company's new projects.
On the work side, it took until 2019 for the laying of the rails to be completed.
The canopy, on the other hand, finished being built in March 2021. It then had to be covered, which took only a few months, between January and April 2022. Since then, the work had mainly focused on finishes and tests.
The attraction was originally scheduled to open in 2021, the year of the park's 50th anniversary.
However, Disney had been forced to delay the inauguration due to construction delays.