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Disney's Magic Kingdom | Tron Lightcycle Power Run | Vekoma?

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  1. Antinos

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    After doing a search, it looks like there was a topic regarding Disney's announcements from almost two years ago now, but no dedicated topic to Walt Disney World's Tron coaster, so here it is. If the mods care enough to shuffle some posts around or merge some topics, go for it.

    We don't know a ton about this ride (or I live under a rock), but I think it's safe to assume it's a Vekoma that's either similar to or a clone of the ride in Shanghai Disneyland (again, chances are that I just live under a rock). They've been in the dirt pushing phase for quite a few months now, but with various rides in the area closing to allow for new alignments and heavy machinery access, it looks like things might literally begin picking up before we know it.

    Here's a bunch of Bioreconstruct's latest tweets regarding the progress thus far:











     
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    Howie Active Member

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    ^You know what? I've never paid too much attention to Tron, or Shanghai Disneyland (or the whole of Asia if I'm being honest), but I recently watched some video of the Tron coaster and... wow, it looks epic!
    Are we expecting this one to be as good? And do we have an approximate opening date? Just the year will do for now...
     
  3. Antinos

    Antinos Slut for Spinners Social Media Team

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    It doesn't look like there's a whole lot of information released regarding what the ride will be exactly, but the concept art does look fairly similar to the one in Shanghai, complete with an outdoor section:

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    The train and Tomorrowland Speedway are currently closed, although according to that article the speedway is scheduled to reopen this summer. No word on when the train will reopen, but considering that it looks like it runs near the building, it probably won't reopen until the coaster does in 2021. More info can be found in this article:

    https://www.wdwinfo.com/disney-world/magic-kingdom/tron-lightcycle-power-run-rollercoaster.htm
     
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    Yeah, it'll be a clone. The coaster itself seems a little tame but therefore fitting for Disney's audience. Hopefully they'll add some more lighting effects to it, and it'll be nice to see it in English instead of a language I can't begin to fathom!
    And the Daft Punk soundtrack is <3
     
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    ^Thanks gents. Suddenly got the urge to go back to Florida in the next couple of years. I actually like Booster bikes! :)
     
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    peep Moderator Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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    Yeah I think I just assumed we already had one too.

    I found the ride in Shanghai to be a bit underwhelming (but my expectations were unreasonable) but this will go down extremely well in Orlando. The way they link this up to rest of the Tomorrowland still intrigues me and it sitting next to Space Mountain is weird. Look forward to more bioreconstruct tweets over the next few years.
     
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    I reckon Tron in Orlando will be fantastic; Shawn Sanbrooke had the Shanghai version in his last top 10 list, and everyone who's ridden Tron in Shanghai seems to rate it really highly!
     
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    Hixee Flojector Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    I thought it was incredible, actually. Sure it's a family coaster, but even on a bit of flat land it'd be a good one at that. The look of the light cycles, the sounds, the indoor effects, all make it a really cool experience. Especially at night - it's something else at night.

    Only drawback is that it won't be quite so exclusive now...
     
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    ^At least this version will be in English so we can understand the story better.

    How come there is a question mark after Vekoma in the title? What other manufacturer would it be?
     
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    peep Moderator Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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    There's not that much of a story (from what I can remember) and everything is translated via text under the images so there's not really much of a difference.
     
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    Antinos Slut for Spinners Social Media Team

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    Zierer? Intamin? Maurer Sohne? We can assume Vekoma, but we don't know for certain, hence the question mark.
     
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    Ethan Well-Known Member

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    If we cared about what some dweeb from Midlands thought about every coaster, we'd follow him ;) You're referencing the opinion of somebody who though nuggets and fries at Phantasialand was one of the best meals he's ever had.
     
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    And look at that. I guess this topic's creation was prompt!

     
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    Antinos Slut for Spinners Social Media Team

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    Not a big update, but an update nonetheless:











     
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    GuyWithAStick Captain Basic Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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    Loving the look of them removing part of the speedway.

    Now do the rest of it.
     
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    Here is the progress on the Tron site as of this afternoon:
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    Taken by me in the Barnstormer queue line. Looks to be progressing well!
     
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    I am so unnecessarily excited about this ride.
     
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    I must admit I'm quite excited for this ride, too; Tron in Shanghai looks brilliant, and as much as it might not be a common opinion, I personally felt that Magic Kingdom, while a very nice park, lacked a truly standout attraction when I visited for the first time in April. I think this might potentially give them one!
     
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    Wow! Every Floridian Disney park except for Animal Kingdom has a major construction site. What a time to be alive with this and Universal opening crazy attractions and a possible third park. Genuinely excited!
     
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