What’s going on with the OTHER New Roller Coasters at Walt Disney World?

It feels like years, and we still don’t know when TRON Lightcycle/Run will open in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Well, that’s because it’s been years. In fact, TRON Lightcycle/Run was originally announced in 2017 and was originally scheduled to open for the start of the 50th anniversary celebration.

Well, the start of the most magical celebration has come and gone and as construction on the new Magic Kingdom coaster continues, we’ve recently received some exciting updates.

Image: Amanda Dwyer

In March, Disney gave the first update in a long time when they announced that the ride’s next phase of testing would begin soon. This “push-pull” test consists of slowly moving the transport vehicles on the tracks. This is in no way the same as actively running the trains with people as they would during normal operation. However, just recently Disney Parks showed a video of their first successful launch at full speed! It’s a giant step towards welcoming runners on this long-awaited roller coaster.

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Another coaster was also announced at D23 in 2017 and it already has an opening date and even welcomed riders. We’re of course talking about Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT. As guests, we don’t know why any of these coasters take so much longer to complete. Especially considering that TRON Lightcycle/Run is at least a partial copy of the Shanghai Disneyland roller coaster.

Perhaps during the unprecedented times of the pandemic, Disney had to choose between the two roller coasters when it came to the construction team and the costs. The real reason is simply unknown to us, the public. But both roller coasters are unique and intricate and made by the same popular roller coaster manufacturer, Vekoma (who also made Expedition Everest and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train). As we approach the official opening of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, it only makes us more excited for what’s to come with TRON Lightcycle/Run.

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During a visit to Magic Kingdom last week in April 2022, I captured these photos of TRON Lightcycle/Run progress. The coaster and its building are amazing. However, they seem to have a lot of work to do on the landscaping or walkways to the building. For reference, we saw the NovaCorps ship go up at EPCOT in January, possibly indicating that they were working on exterior landscaping and thematics at that time for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. If we compare the two, knowing that they haven’t started working on the outdoor theme and landscaping yet, they might lean towards the theory that this coaster still has a bit of a way to go before open up.

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Image: Amanda Dwyer

Of course, this is all speculation until we get official word from Disney, but it’s exciting to hope that we could get two incredible roller coasters at Walt Disney World in the same year. However, as we head into summer, it seems possible that we may have to wait until early 2023 to ramp up on TRON Lightcycle/Run.

Do you think TRON Lightcycle/Run will open this year? Are you excited to ride these new roller coasters at the Magic Kingdom? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page.

Herman C. Harkins