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PHOTOS: New Structure Expands Near TRON Lightcycle Run at the Magic Kingdom

The mysterious new structure being built next to TRON Lightcycle / Run at the Magic Kingdom has developed quite a bit since our last visit.

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The concrete platform now has a metal framework around the perimeter.

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Progress has come along quickly on the structure, though its purpose is still currently unknown. It’s been rumored that it may be connected to the Walt Disney World Railroad, which has been rerouted to accommodate the future attraction.

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So far, the structure appears to be two stories tall, though the climbing metal suggests it could possibly rise even higher.

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We managed to catch another beam beginning to be hoisted, showing just how fast this is coming together.

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Nearby, the blue netting continues to cover the framework of the illuminated canopy.

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Construction workers were seen above the canopy in a cherry picker.

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Given how they were pointing, it’s possible they were guiding the beam being raised.

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The “portal” that leads to the outdoor portion of the roller coaster remains undecorated for the moment.

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The railroad is still scheduled to be closed for the park’s 50th anniversary on October 1st.

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  1. I’m pretty sure this is for the guest lockers. At Shanghai the entrance encounters a fork in the road under the canopy where the entrance is to the right and the lockers are to the left.

  2. I wonder if it’s a themed entrance to the tunnel for the railroad. Perhaps rockwork etc on the fantasy land side keeping with the theming. plus making use of the interior space for cast area etc. Once in tunnel it won’t matter. Also the exit of tunnel will be in tomorrow land so no extra theming required.

  3. The guest locker theory makes sense. A more updated Bing Maps view (as opposed to Google) shows a fork in the path leading to Tron’s entrance/exit. One leg leads to the pad that this structure is now being built upon. The vertical steel appears to be strong enough to only support walls (and construction workers), but not humans even though it’s two-stories tall. Plus, there’ll need to be “some” visual separation between from Fantasy Land.

  4. Perhaps it is a ventilation building for the tunnel. Drawing off the smoke from the engine as it passes. Negative pressure from large fans could easily fit in it.

  5. Clearly it is a gift shop. We all know the affinity that Disney has for their gift shops. The attraction really is just a big preshow for the main event. Shopping!

  6. Or perhaps the building will also house air circulation and extraction system for the railroad tunnel.

  7. I hope it will be a tunnel for the Walt Disney World Railroad goes through Tron: Lightcycle Run!

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