BREAKING: Walt Disney World Railroad, Tomorrowland Speedway Temporarily Closing to Accommodate TRON Lightcycle Coaster Construction at the Magic Kingdom

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Last summer, Disney unveiled plans (well, we here at WDWNT kind of did) for the Tron roller coaster attraction being added in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park. Today, Disney is sharing a first look at a new Tron-themed billboard at Magic Kingdom Park that’s now visible from Storybook Circus:

The new attraction will occupy an entirely new area next to Space Mountain behind the Railroad tracks, and now, as Disney prepares to welcome Tron into the park, a few modifications will be made to nearby attractions as construction kicks into gear.

First, the Walt Disney World Railroad will temporarily cease motion and park at the Main Street Station starting in December 2018, taking a break from its grand-circle tours of Magic Kingdom Park. During this time, guests will be able to get an up-close look at the railroad and take advantage of one-of-a-kind photo opportunities, similar to what was done at Disneyland while Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was being initially constructed:

The Tomorrowland Speedway will close for a portion of 2019, as the attraction’s track is adjusted. It will reopen as the same attraction in the summer of 2019.

Magic Kingdom’s Tron attraction, which is set to debut in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021, is based on TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland. This coaster-style attraction allows riders to board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles for a thrilling race through the digital frontier. TRON Lightcycle Power Run debuted on Shanghai Disneyland’s opening day and quickly became the highest-rated attraction at the park.

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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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  • It’s about time and I can’t hardly wait to ride Tron for Walt Disney World’s 50th Birthday

    • “The Tomorrowland Speedway will close for a portion of 2019, as the attraction’s track is adjusted. It will reopen as the same attraction in the summer of 2019.”

      The affect is the speedway will NOT be demo’d… only “adjusted”.

    • The affect will be… it WON’T be demo’d…

      “The Tomorrowland Speedway will close for a portion of 2019, as the attraction’s track is adjusted. It will reopen as the same attraction in the summer of 2019.”

  • I’m still surprised they aren’t at least moving to electric vehicles for Tomorrowland. With all the eco-friendly changes (straws, shampoo, etc), new vehicles that look futuristic and do not smell like burnt oil would be an obvious upgrade.

  • I wonder which corporate suit made the decision to close the railroad at Christmas time? Trains and Christmas kind of go together. Just another Joe college decision!

    • Yep, Santa just called. He was crying really hard and said Christmas is canceled and baby Jesus locked himself in his room. Good job Disney.

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