The INSIDER Summary:
- A ride based on the popular “TRON” movie is coming to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
- The ride first debuted in Shanghai Disneyland and quickly became a fan favorite.
- The indoor and outdoor coaster puts you in a motorbike seat.
- It reaches speeds of up to 60 mph.
- The “Tron” ride will open in Tomorrowland by 2021.
Disney fans lost it Saturday when Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced that the “TRON” ride in Shanghai Disneyland is going to come to Disney World.
The nearly 7,000-person crowd at the Parks and Resorts presentation at D23 Expo erupted in an enormous amount of applause and cheers at the announcement, and it’s not difficult to see why if you’re familiar with the attraction.
The TRON Lightcycle Power Run is an indoor and outdoor coaster ride that places guests on their own “Tron” light cycles and is supposed to make attendees feel like they’re traveling through the popular movie’s virtual reality grid. The seats look similar to sitting on a motorcycle.
The ride is reported to be the fastest Disney coaster, reaching up to about 60 mph.
The ride opened in Shanghai in June 2016 and fans have posted plenty of videos of their experiences on the coaster to YouTube. This point-of-view video alone has over seven million views.
You can take a look at the Shanghai ride here:
Since its debut, Chapek said the “Tron” ride has become the highest-rated attraction at the Shanghai park. When it comes to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, the “Tron” attraction will reside in its Magic Kingdom park in Tomorrowland.
“At Walt Disney World it will sit in an entirely new space right next to Space Mountain,” said Chapek during the panel.
Here’s concept art that was shown off to fans at the D23 Expo:
Chapek said the “Tron” ride is planned to debut in time for the park’s 50th anniversary in 2021. It will join a lot of other updates coming to the park in Epcot, including a “Guardians of the Galaxy” attraction and a space-themed restaurant.
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