First Look POV for Disney World's New TRON Coaster

February 3, 2023, 9:15 PM · Cast member previews have begun for Walt Disney World's new TRON-themed roller coaster.

TRON Lightcycle Run opens officially on April 4 at the Magic Kingdom, but Disney's cast members are getting their first rides on the Vekoma family coaster, which depicts a lightcycle run through "The Grid" from Disney's TRON movies. And Walt Disney World has released a partial, teaser POV of the ride at night.

For context, let's compare that with the full, daytime on-ride POV video from the original installation of the coaster at Shanghai Disneyland.

With cast member previews underway, the clock is now ticking loudly for a public soft opening for the ride, especially since the official opening remains more than two months away.

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Replies (12)

February 5, 2023 at 1:38 PM

That’s it !?? Lol

February 5, 2023 at 2:01 PM

I think Disney may have done themselves a disservice by releasing a video that gives the illusion this ride is super short. Those who have ridden say that it's comparable in length to Space Mountain, which is a decent length for a coaster style attraction. Looks pretty similar to the original with a few thematic changes.

February 5, 2023 at 4:58 PM

Timing the ride it's 1 minute 50 seconds from despatch to arrival at the unloading station. Not mega-long like some coasters but not too short. Perhaps Tron is more about quality than quantity....

February 5, 2023 at 4:58 PM

This all is why I added the full POV from Shanghai, for comparison.

February 6, 2023 at 12:49 PM

This looks fantastic. I wish the ride were more kinetic with more twists and turns, but I get it that this is a Disney coaster, and the theming is so cool (including the soundtrack) that I'm not mad at it. Certainly looks far more interesting that the Guardians Space Mountain knockoff.

February 6, 2023 at 2:35 PM

@thecolonel - Don't knock Guardians until you try it - GotG:CR is not a Space Mountain knockoff - it is a completely different indoor coaster experience than you will find anywhere in the country.

There is a lot of early complaining about restraints on Tron, as there always seems to be from the Disney crowd. The whining never ceases to end when a person needs to put a bar across their lap, shoulders, or midriff, and when those restraints are not universally accommodating. No thrill ride on the planet can accommodate every shaped person, and as the thrill factor increases, the percentage of guests that cannot fit into the seats/restraints is going to proportionally increase. The important thing is that test seats at the entrance are identical to those on the trains to prevent the "walk of shame", so as long as guests fitting in the test seats are not turned away, Disney fans need to chill out when restraints become less accommodating on more thrilling rides.

February 6, 2023 at 2:43 PM

Haha, okay Russell, I will.

February 6, 2023 at 4:11 PM

It looks subpar to me and very unlogical to go outside for a portion of the ride.

Not a coaster that convinces me to go to WDW. But at least it's a new attraction (that is already six years old, but hey it's there)

February 6, 2023 at 9:27 PM

after looking at some photos of the locker process, I'm pretty impressed. seems like the best use of mandatory lockers I've seen at a theme park.

the ride also looks ... fun? it looks fine.

February 7, 2023 at 10:56 AM

Anybody that complains this ride is not accommodating to large people is full of **** because when they don't fit they get moved to the wheelchair transfer seat, so the ride IS accommodating to large people. What do you expect, the bikes to be bigger so that way normal size people can't safely ride? Here is the alternative: there no roller coasters at all so that way no ones feelings get hurt.

February 7, 2023 at 11:15 AM

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is the smoothest coaster I have ever ridden. Time will tell if it remains that smooth in the years to come, but for now, it's like gliding on ice.

The way you ride Tron is pretty unique and I know it's supposed to give the illusion of a higher speed. However, the ride is reportedly short (about 60 seconds of real action) and not sure how long of a wait its worth. However, I have waited over an hour for a 17 second ride (Top Thrill Dragster, R.I.P.), so I suspect I'll be okay with waiting in a long queue to ride Tron at least once when in inevitably drops the virtual queue and has a standby line.

February 7, 2023 at 6:04 PM

Actually if you take out the 25 second pre-launch and the 20 second final back crawl to the loading zone it’s really only a minute long ride - off well I guess 7 years from now another attraction will premier

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