As part of the TRON Lightcycle / Run media event today, Disney created a special welcome center inspired by Flynn’s Arcade exclusively for the media event preview attendees.
Disney treated their media guests today by welcoming them to a space inspired by Flynn’s Arcade from the 1982 film “TRON” and its sequel “TRON Legacy.” The arcade was the business (and home) of Kevin Flynn, creator of the Grid.
Disney Parks shared video on their Instagram stories showcasing the event with a walk-through of the arcade and its offerings. This all comes ahead of TRON Lightcycle / Run’s grand opening at the Magic Kingdom on April 4.
Media guests were greeted by this neon sign that reads “Game On” with a hidden Mickey icon and an arrow pointing them in right direction.
Next, they walked through a dark tunnel with green neon lights encasing them, very much in theme with The Grid.
The temporary media event arcade featured a variety of game options, including Guitar Hero.
A Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga game can by seen here surrounded by a back frame made of neon lights with a Mickey icon on the top.
The arcade classic, Space Invaders was also featured at the media event, also surrounded by its own neon light frame.
Although the Disney Parks Instagram story did not show a TRON arcade video game, there was a TRON pinball machine.
A prize wall was also seen in the video, complete with a bucket hat, tumblers, a keychain plush of Expedition Everest’s Yeti, and a Baby Groot squeeze toy, among others.
Here, under this giant neon Mickey ice cream bar, fresh popcorn can be seen in a machine, available to guests at the media event.
Flynn’s Arcade was previously replicated more faithfully during the ElecTRONica dance event, which took place select nights at Disney California Adventure from 2010 to 2012. The location featured a number of classic arcade games as well as the TRON arcade game manufactured by Bally Midway. Guests could also immerse themselves in the neon world of The Grid during the beloved dance event. We covered this event in the early days of WDWNT if you would like to read more about it.
What do you think about this exclusive TRON media event? Do you wish it was open to the all park guests similar to the way ElecTRONica’s experience ran? Tell us in the comments.
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1 thought on “Disney Creates Flynn’s Arcade-Inspired Space Exclusively for TRON Lightcycle / Run Media Event”
Yes, this is rather frustrating to hear… It’s nice that Disney treats the media well but I’m still salty about not ever seeing the flying dragon from the 2012 New Fantasyland opening, because I’m just a regular guest. I think that if Disney can do it, it should be available to everyone. I’d like to see M&M in their Tron outfits too! And actually, while the entrance to Tron is really dazzling, I like the idea of an arcade. Wouldn’t that be the ideal queue?? What if you could spend your wait playing video games until your turn???