Racing for the skies! Strap in as the Tron Lifecycle Power Run coaster is going up fast, some may even say it’s going vertical! With pictures popping up everywhere we turn, we thought it was time for a Tron Lifecycle Power Run coaster update. Let’s all agree to call it Tron Lifecycle for short, we’ve got to save our fingers for writing more articles. Our quarters are ready, let’s head to Flynn’s Arcade and see what’s happening with Tron!
Every great coaster needs a solid foundation, and Tron Lifecycle is no different. After Bob Chapek announced at the D23 Expo in 2017 that the Magic Kingdom would receive the Tron Lifecycle we saw land being cleared almost overnight. Then progress slowed for many months. According to Jim Hill of Jim Hill Media, the progress of the Tron Lifecycle slowed due to the land being “softer” than expected.
With Disney World being built on mostly Florida swampland the biggest challenge is reclaiming the land that would support the weight of the coaster. Construction teams created retention ponds and moved earth from all around the outskirts of Tomorrowland to create buildable area. Once reclaimed the first step is pouring the concrete foundation which is a challenge as well. Pouring the concrete is easy, getting it set is the hard part. With the high humidity of the area, the time for concrete to cure takes longer than most areas. For the Tron Lifecycle coaster, it took around 6 to 7 months.
Passholder Insights: You can find the largest Disney World coaster foundations on the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy coaster.
Laying The Track
We’ve got solid ground, and now we can lay coaster track. On March 12, 2019, Disney World invited Magic Kingdom cast members to partake in a Disney tradition of signing the first piece of the Tron Lifecycle track. The first piece of Tron Lifecycle track was installed shortly after the signing wrapped up on March 14, 2019. Fast forward to today and the majority of the internal track has been set.
Yes, you heard us right just the internal track has been laid. The Tron Lifecycle will be a hybrid coaster with a portion of the ride inside and outside. Pictures we’re seeing today are for the portion that will be enclosed within a building, similar to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. For the outdoor portion of the ride you’ll be outside, but still under cover protecting you from the always predictable Florida afternoon rain showers.
Passholder Insights: For views of the construction, two great areas to check out would be riding the PeopleMover in Tomorrowland or heading over to the Barnstormer in Storybook Circus.
We all want to know the numbers! Once complete, the Tron Lifecycle track will launch guests at speeds up to 59.3 mph through 3,169 feet of track, where we’ll experience up to 4 g-forces. It’s estimated that the total ride duration will be around 2 minutes. The coaster will be in a tie with Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster as the second fastest attraction at Walt Disney World. With Test Track topping the list at 64.9 mph.
Stats only tell us so much. What makes the Tron Lifecycle stand apart from the rest will be the unique ride vehicles. With 7 trains comprised of 7 cars, 14 guests per train will sit two by two on a motorcycle-style seat. Stretching your arms forward to grasp the handlebars, you’ll experience Tron Lifecycle in a similar fashion as riding a motorcycle. Hold on as Tron Lifecycle is a launch style coaster and you’ll be at 59.3 mph before you know it. With the unique ride style, the Tron Lifecycle will have a height requirement of 48 inches, one of the tallest on property.
Passholders Insights: For any attraction at Walt Disney World, if a member of your family is not tall enough to ride make sure to ask a cast member about rider swap. One member can hang out with the group member who’s unable to ride, then skip the line once the first person is done.
Attractions Making Way
Multiple attractions at the Magic Kingdom are making way to welcome the Tron Lifecycle. No attractions are being removed from the park, just adjusted. The update to the Tomorrowland Speedway is complete and the attraction is reopened. To make room for the coaster Disney World had to reroute and shorten the speedway’s track. It’s estimated the attraction is about 1 minute shorter with the new track layout.
Along with the Tomorrowland Speedway, the Walt Disney World Railroad has been closed while construction is completed on Tron Lifecycle. For a full report on what’s happening with railroad check out the following article.
Passholder Insights: With the Tomorrowland Speedway reopened the attraction is another great spot for checking on the construction process.
Progress on Tron Lifecycle has definitely sped up once the foundation was ready to go. With no exact date announced on an opening, it’s hard to tell if everything is on track or not. Right now Disney World is still saying 2021. We may find out a more firm timeline at the D23 Expo at the end of August 2019.
With the coaster being a duplicate of the attraction at Shanghai Disneyland, we are assuming everything from here on out will be smooth sailing. There shouldn’t be any technology hold-ups like we’re seeing with Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Everything is racing forward nicely!