CONFIRMED: TRON Lightcycle Power Run Rollercoaster to Replace Tomorrowland Speedway at the Magic Kingdom

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In October of 2016, we told you that Walt Disney World was eyeing the addition of the popular TRON Lightcycle Power Run attraction from Shanghai Disneyland, and in April 2017 we updated our rumor when preliminary budgeting teams from Florida were sent out to Shanghai to take a look at the attraction. Well, with the D23 Expo just days away, it now seems certain that the attraction will be announced on Saturday, July 15th.

TRON Lightcycle Power Run, already one of the most popular attractions in Shanghai Disneyland
TRON Lightcycle Power Run, already one of the most popular attractions in Shanghai Disneyland

TRON Lightcycle Power Run will open at the Magic Kingdom just before the park’s 50th birthday (probably 2020/21), replacing the Tomorrowland Speedway attraction which opened in 1971 as the Grand Prix Raceway. The Speedway will likely close sometime in 2018 to make way for this construction.

PHOTO BY JEFF GRITCHEN, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

We feel fairly confident about calling this announcement “confirmed” since several unrelated sources within the Walt Disney Company are now providing this information.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.

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  • I won’t lose any sleep over the speedway going away if this pans out.

    Plus it would be stellar if they did decide to run the people mover through it and do something similar to the old speed tunnel from the people mover in Disneyland as a homage to that.

  • This is terrible. Know a lot of Disney fans, nobody ever said “I want a Tron ride”. Let’s just go ahead and take “magic” out of the name of the park now. Marketing Kingdom would be more accurate

    • Basing a ride on 2 movies that were not super successful is not a marketing ploy. It’s simply a good concept for an attraction and at least it’s an original Disney property and not something they bought or got the rights to.

      • When they’re trying to reboot the franchise and attaching Jared Leto to it, then yeah, it is. If it’s not why is Tron even in the name?

        • Plus I think you’re over estimating the theme parks as a promotional tool. If making a ride was such a marketing bullseye, every new movie would have a larger presence in the park. They build attractions based on what will get people into the parks, not what attractions will get people into theatres. As Flynn lives said, there’s a large enough fan base of the movie, plus a large enough fan base of the ride itself that it will bring people into the park.

  • All of these rumors that are spread on these websites makes our jobs even harder as CM’s. Instead of focusing on the safety of our guests while they are boarding our rides, we are answering questions of “oh I hear your closing soon” and “I read this online that says guardians is coming here”. I spend more of my day telling guests that as of now this is all false and rumors. Disney will tell us at the same time they tell you, maybe an hour earlier because of social media. Rumors take away from the magic we create for guests, especially when sites such as this one are telling the world that something is true when there are no legitimate sources named.

    • The people asking those questions are typically big Disney fans, have heard the safety spiel a hundred times already, and the magic is not spoiled for them via such a conversation. You job as a CM (former Disneyland CM myself) is to interact with guests as much as your position allows, in order to make their day better. If that involves answering questions related to rumors, so be it. You can always politely say you don’t know, but then strike up a conversation, or at least make a comment connecting to them in some way. I loved when I could interact with guests, and loved whenever they asked me questions, even if it was the 30th time that day I pointed someone to the nearest restroom (with the Disney point of course.) You should pretty much accept that in today’s age, this is going to be a daily part of your job, and make the best of it. For your sake and the guests.

  • @Dan I think you greatly underestimate the Tron fandom out there. I know a lot of Disney fans to and a lot of them are saying yes! Please!

    Look at Avatar. It might have made elevenity-billion $’s in theaters but I don’t know many “fans” of it and look at how Pandora turned out.

  • Confirm it AFTER the announcement otherwise it’s just speculation. I’ve also heard rumor that it’s not replacing the Speedway but rather going behind it across the tracks next to Space Mountain…

  • So is it “CONFIRMED:” Like it states in the title or “We feel fairly confident about calling this announcement “confirmed” since several unrelated sources within the Walt Disney Company are now providing this information.” I think you are misleading your readers!

  • […] WDWNewsToday is claiming that the popular Tron Lightcycle Power Run attraction, which opened last year at Shanghai Disneyland, will be coming stateside to Walt Disney World Resort. It has been rumored for some time now that the Tron rollercoaster could be part of the upcoming Epcot remodel, but this new report claims that the coaster will be officially announced at the Parks and Resorts presentation at D23 Expo. The report claims that the new ride will open at the Magic Kingdom just before the park’s 50th birthday, replacing the Tomorrowland Speedway attraction which opened in 1971 as the Grand Prix Raceway. They predict that the Tomorrowland Speedway will close sometime in 2018 to make way for the construction and that the new coaster could open in 2020 or 2021. […]

    • I don’t usually comment on these things, but CONFIRMED would mean your entire post was confirmed, and it was not. The DISNEY released info, including the sketch clearly shows that the speedway is not touched by adding the Tron attraction.

  • I love updates at Disney. Just tired of crowds. Building new rides and new resort hotels are great ideas IF you also add more standing room. Fireworks at Magic Kingdom have become a nightmare of waiting and defending your space. I just hope that TRON is built with surrounding space for movement. I will miss one of the few quiet paths (back of SM and race track) if that is replaced by TRON, but I love the new ideas announced.

  • According to FloridaToday.com, the Tron ride “…will not, as rumored, take over the space of one of the resort’s original attractions, Tomorrowland Speedway”.
    NICE!