TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland on June 13, 2016 - three days before the scheduled grand opening. PHOTO BY JEFF GRITCHEN, ORANGE OOUNTY REGISTER

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

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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Jason
Jason
4 years ago

So is it confirmed or a rumor you feel good about

Jason Diffendal
Admin
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

Just like CNN calls an election result based on their own internal algorithms before it is confirmed by election officials, we are calling this confirmed now according to our own algorithms, before it is announced by TWDC.

Confirmed poster
Confirmed poster
4 years ago

Except that when CNN does that, they label it as “PROJECTION”, which is different than CONFIRMED.

Matthew
Matthew
4 years ago

Plus, when CNN projected the last election they were wrong.

SOMEONE
SOMEONE
4 years ago

This is coming from inside sources, basically the people working on this, said they are working on this.
That’s different from saying “the polls say…”

Scott Dolan
Scott Dolan
4 years ago

WDWNT: The Algorithm!

jedwa
jedwa
4 years ago
Reply to  Scott Dolan

Theres’s your next commercial!

Inigo Montoya
Inigo Montoya
4 years ago

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Callie
Callie
4 years ago
Reply to  Inigo Montoya

????

John
John
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

Do you remember when in Disneyland they tried to make a “high speed” with their people mover….. Because of the way the track is set up it can with stand speeds faster then the current people mover. Look at all the rides that have a speed to them all the turns are banked and wide, if it happens there is alot more work to be done then what meets the eye.

Kristine Coruth
Kristine Coruth
4 years ago

How are you gonna fit the tron coaster where the speedway is at the magic kingdom?

Jason Diffendal
Admin
4 years ago

The speedway takes up an inordinate amount of space. It will fit with no problem.

Jeannette Sanchez
Jeannette Sanchez
4 years ago

Awesome news! I can’t wait to ride it and I love Tron!

jedwa
jedwa
4 years ago

No more gas emissions!

Josh
Josh
4 years ago

I don’t think you know what “confirmed” means.

Chase
Chase
4 years ago
Reply to  Josh

Exactly.

jedwa
jedwa
4 years ago
Reply to  Josh

WDWNT broke the “Disney Springs” rumor. If they say “confirmed” its happening barring any unusual side steps.

Paul
Paul
4 years ago
Reply to  jedwa

And Carsland in WDW, and Joe Rhode being fired… claim everything’s confirmed and you’ll get SOME right.

Tom Confirmedless
Tom Confirmedless
4 years ago
Reply to  Paul

Also Lord of The Rings Land! Tom went on for days bragging about that little “confirmation”

James
James
4 years ago

Great news, thanks Tom. Glad to see the speedway go.

Hilly
Hilly
4 years ago

I really like this decision. I am a HUGE nostalgia person when it comes to Disney World, so the end of the Grand Prix Raceway stings a bit, but this is a much needed upgrade/addition.

Zeke
Zeke
4 years ago

I say build the coaster AND keep the Speedway. The coaster is elevated, right? They can even retheme the Speedway cars to a Tron theme. Pipe dream, I know. But it would be cool.

Candie
Candie
4 years ago
Reply to  Zeke

LIKE!!

Scott Dolan
Scott Dolan
4 years ago
Reply to  Zeke

Do you really want o be sucking in all those noxious vapors from the Speedway while waiting in line, AND riding the Tron ride?

Robert Olson
Robert Olson
4 years ago

I agree that it is coming to WDW but I think its going to Epcot’s future world. the large size of the ride would fit Nicely on that side of Epcot. last year there height balloons being tested in that area of future world.

Bob Chapek
Bob Chapek
4 years ago
Reply to  Robert Olson

The height balloons were for the Guardians of the Galaxy Rollercoasts that are going into each pavilion within Future World.

jedwa
jedwa
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob Chapek

Domo Morigoto!

Brenda
Brenda
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob Chapek

They should keep the speedway and redesign it at NASCAR and Cars, and get NASCAR to sponsor it.
Then the NASCAR champion drivers could come make appearances like the MVP athletes do.

Jauslynne
4 years ago

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This change I will welcome with open arms!

Jonathan
Jonathan
4 years ago

This is 10x more fitting for Tomorrowland! What is so futuristic about old cars?

DW
DW
4 years ago

Awesome! I honestly have faith in the Clickbait Coreless confirmation. The placement of the attraction makes sense. The only thing that upsets me is that this gives me a little less motivation to visit Shanghai Disneyland. I wish Disney did a better job of keeping attractions exclusive, or even distinctively different, around their global portfolio of theme parks. Not just bring out the cookie cutter.

SOMEONE
SOMEONE
4 years ago
Reply to  DW

not everyone can, or wants to, travel to the other side of the world though. The purpose of the international parks, is to allow different parts of the world to also have the Disney experience. For me? If an international ride is doing well and looks cool, and there’s an old ride that needs to go, why can’t we have it?

DW
DW
4 years ago
Reply to  SOMEONE

That’s a legitimate point… Just different preferences.

Hilly
Hilly
4 years ago
Reply to  SOMEONE

completely agree with you on this one! I will probably never have the money or the time to fly internationally to simply visit another Disney park, so I want to see the best attractions stateside. There are a lot of international attractions that I would love to see in the World or the Land.

Shay
Shay
4 years ago
Reply to  DW

Disney wants to make money. It doesn’t matter if you spend it in Shanghai or here. Well, actually it does…they will make more money off your money here because they have full ownership of the domestic parks. But anyway, they aren’t concerned with moving people around to different parks, they just want butts in seats (or hips through turnstiles?).

Melanie B.
4 years ago

I am concerned about the Peoplemover!!! I am praying that they can find a way to work it into/around the Tron building. I bet it would be easy to make it breathtaking!

They kill People Mover: We Riot
They kill People Mover: We Riot
4 years ago
Reply to  Melanie B.

The people mover in no way impedes on the area, so I’m sure it’s safe. If anything, they could make it longer and go through the building ala Space Mountain.

Brian
Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  Melanie B.

Tron over the people mover would be pretty awesome, and there’s no reason that wouldn’t be possible.

Peter
Peter
4 years ago

Yes I never understood how gas powered racing cars fit into a “Tomorrowland” theme. Still I suppose if the drivers are underage …driving IS mostly in their future…then there’s autonomous driving which might be a pretty boring attraction…but they do have the people mover which is autonomous…but doesn’t get you anywhere but back where you started. This mindset one of the many reasons why I am not an imaginer.

Shay
Shay
4 years ago
Reply to  Peter

I had long hoped they would wise up and make electric cars instead–show the real future in automotive. But that would have relied on a related company sponsoring the attraction, and right now, the oil and auto industry is not pushing electric, so they never would have gotten a brand to back it.

David
David
4 years ago
Reply to  Shay

I’ve always thought Tesla would be a good new sponsor for an all electric Autopia / Tomorrowland Raceway.

Tom Confirmedless
Tom Confirmedless
4 years ago
Reply to  Shay

{cough cough} Tesla {cough cough}

Andrew
Andrew
4 years ago

No one needs to worry about spacing issues. The Tron coaster in Shanghai is significantly smaller than the show building, itself. It will fit within the perimeters. There’s also room across the train tracks.

Shay
Shay
4 years ago

Can you link to some of the sources you say are confirming this? I can’t find anything about it in my usual searches.

Andrew
Andrew
4 years ago
Reply to  Shay

Lol no cause his sources are inside TWDC so they’d be fired.

Frank
Frank
4 years ago
Reply to  Shay

This site doesn’t confirm sources – just ask all the WDW guests with locked accounts that have been banned after misuse of Fast Pass. Oh wait, that’s right, there weren’t any wide-spread reports, just a click-bait article that was picked up by all WDW fandom sites.

Shay
Shay
4 years ago
Reply to  Frank

I don’t know specifically what you’re referring to, but the recent changes to the FastPass system designed to specifically thwart misuse seems to support there was widespread enough abuse to warrant changes…?

Sheeple are people too
Sheeple are people too
4 years ago
Reply to  Shay

There haven’t been any changes, you heard a rumor that was “confirmed” and you fully believe it’s in effect, but it’s not, you just think it is because Tom said it was.

Tom Stidman
Tom Stidman
4 years ago

There’s so much in flux on these projects. Don’t expect any announcements this weekend for the Domestic parks. I’ve heard from Jim hill all new projects are really in flux due to a massive International drop due to a combination of Brazil and Britain’s Economy being in the toilet and possible changes in who needs Visa’s due to Trump. I think we have to see a good 3-5% growth in WDW attendance to get this built. Don’t expect anything until 2018 or 2019 when they make the 50th Anniversary announcement.

Mark
Mark
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom Stidman

Hi, one small correction: Britain’s economy is not in the toilet and is doing quite well thank you. The poor £/$ exchange rate is the issue for a lot of UK tourists, making a holiday in the USA very expensive at the moment.

Drew
Drew
4 years ago

Hearing word that Lightcycle is indeed coming, but it will not replace Speedway, but will (somehow) be put behind Speedway). Speedway will stay with a new theme.

Steve
Steve
4 years ago

Insiders are confirming the coaster, BUT that the speedway is safe and will be re-themed. The coaster is going BEHIND the speedway.

Dan
Dan
4 years ago
Reply to  Steve

I hope you’re right. Please please be right

wdwfan
wdwfan
4 years ago

I think you are going to be disappointed when the Tron Coaster doesn’t get announced at D23. Better start getting your retractions ready. There will be Walt Disney World announcements though, just not this one.