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ICYMI: Disney Celebrated the 40th Anniversary of TRON with new Lightcycle / Run Photo from Magic Kingdom

In his latest update, Imagineer Chris Beatty shares an image of a lit-up TRON attraction.

In case you missed it, last weekend was the 40th anniversary of the Walt Disney Pictures classic TRON.

TRON, which premiered on July 9, 1982, told a fascinating, unique story.

The official plot-explanation reads:


When a brilliant video game maker named Flynn hacks the mainframe of his ex-employer, he is beamed inside an astonishing digital world and becomes part of the very game he is designing.

A Cult Classic

While the film did not make the Star Wars-level money hoped for by The Walt Disney Company, the seminal technology-based story became a cult favorite, which spawned a beloved sequel, an animated TV show, and at least one comic book tie-in.

This past weekend, and with rumors about an additional sequel floating around The Grid, Imagineer Chris Beatty gave an update on the long-awaited TRON Lightcycle / Run coming to Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World.

Beatty posted:

Imagineers are hard at work creating TRON Lightcycle / Run, which is beginning to light up the skyline in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park, as you can see in this new photo. We’re in the testing phase for what will be one of the fastest coasters in any Disney park, and I know you’re going to love it. When this attraction is complete, you’ll climb aboard your very own Lightcycle and launch into the Grid for a race through a dark, computerized world.

The Attractions’ Settings

And he also gave some insight into the attraction’s setting and how it fits into the stories of the films.

Beatty explained:

Image: The Walt Disney Company

Our story picks up following the events of “TRON: Legacy,” whose main character, Sam Flynn, is now opening new gateways into this digital realm at specific locations around the world. The first portal he created is at Shanghai Disneyland with the original TRON Lightcycle Power Run, and now Magic Kingdom guests will get their turn through this second gateway.

Chris Beatty, Walt Disney Imagineering

“When you enter the attraction’s queue, you’ll feel as if you’re digitized and entering the Grid for a special Lightcycle race alongside your family and friends,” added the Imagineer. “You’ll all join Team Blue (hence the color of the wheels in the photo above) for a high-speed launch into a competition against Team Orange.

“As you swoop and swerve your way around the course, your goal is to be the first to race through eight Energy Gates and secure your victory. “

More Coverage

Moreover, the Disney Parks community has recently picked up on developments in and around the new ride.

For example:

Meanwhile, old friend Jack from DSNY Newscast posted a recap and update on construction, which has a logical breakdown of what’s next for the coaster’s development.

So, time will tell. But it’s good to see that Disney wanted to update us as we speed toward D23 this September.

However, you’ll notice that nobody can provide a definitive timeline for the final deployment of the attraction.

Finally, keep it here, programs – we’ll keep you plugged into The Grid.

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