RUMOR: TRON Lightcycle Run Project in Turmoil, Attraction Likely Won’t Open at Magic Kingdom By Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary in October 2021
Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary is fast approaching, but you would never think it considering the mass layoffs and project delays taking place throughout the parks and resorts. While we’ve been following construction on TRON Lightcycle / Run at the Magic Kingdom—now making progress on its massive illuminated canopy—sources indicate that most, if not all, of the field team working on the attraction has been laid off.
As we’ve seen over the past few weeks, work on the canopy and sealing the “Grid” show building continues—however that’s the extent of work that is to be done for now. Trade workers are still on site to finish the show building enclosure (a must given Florida weather) and erect the canopy, however the canopy’s lights and cover are reportedly on hold at this moment. This all also means that work on the attraction’s interior is at a standstill as well.
Reportedly, Disney is waiting until December for additional cash flow and revenue to come in, funding the completion of the project. With this added stalling, on top of rumors that the attraction was slightly behind schedule even before March, it seems highly unlikely that we’ll be hopping on a Lightcycle at the Magic Kingdom by October 1st, 2021. The only hope would be a change in Disney’s course of action, with the company hopefully deciding the project is vital to the 50th anniversary festivities and allowing round-the-clock construction to take place once the funds they are awaiting actually arrive. Based on how the last several major Disney Parks construction projects have gone, we remain doubtful.