- Location: Magic Kingdom (Tomorrowland)
- Opening Date: April 4, 2023
- Height Requirement: 48” (122cm) or taller
- Max Speed: 59 MPH
- Inversions: 0
- Duration: About 2:00
- Early Theme Park Entry: Available
- Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane Selection: Individual Lightning Lane (pay-per-ride)
- Lowest Wait Times: ILL, Early Theme Park Entry, Virtual Queue
In recent years, Disney has been working hard to update its theme parks with new rides and attractions that appeal to families. In particular, the company has focused on adding more thrill rides that can compete with some of the best rides at Universal Orlando Resort. So far, this effort has been successful, and Disney’s theme parks have seen an increase in attendance. The latest addition to Disney’s lineup is the TRON Lightcycle / Run roller coaster, with an official launch date of April 4, 2023.
Disney is no stranger to roller coasters, but the Tron Lightcycle Run is unlike anything else in the park. The coaster-style attraction takes guests on a thrilling ride through the digital frontier on two-wheeled Lightcycles. While a similar ride already exists in Shanghai Disneyland, Walt Disney World is set to benefit from the Tron Lightcycle Run’s unique concept and family-friendly nature.
After receiving a briefing and storing your bags in a convenient free locker, you’ll receive your briefing and board your lightcycle. The seating is similar to that of a motorcycle, or a Banshee if you’re familiar with AVATAR: Flight of Passage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. Then it’s into the grid!
A wild Linear Induction Motor (LIM) launch ensures a rapid takeoff. You’re then propelled briefly outside before heading back indoors for the heart of the experience — a race against a rival (digital) team to see who can pass through all the energy points first without getting derezzed.
While most of the ride takes place in a controlled indoor environment, a brief period of the launch is outdoors — and that means you’ll have a slightly different experience if you ride during the day versus at night. Given that the outdoor portion takes place under a large canopy that’s “wedding tent white” during the day and lit with colorful animated lights at night, we suggest a night ride if at all possible.
Who is it Best For?
TRON is a big thrill for tweens, teens, and adults — and of course anyone who saw the TRON movies and wanted to someday enter the grid themselves. Not only does the ride offer a high-speed adrenaline rush, but its rich soundtrack, vivid colors, high-res graphics, and spectacular lighting effects make it quite the sensory experience!