A well-known former Walt Disney Imagineer came under fire for his comments about TRON’s controversial design and what its impact would be.
It seems the controversy around TRON appears to be never-ending. After the Cast Member previews, it came to light that the seating wasn’t as accessible as some Guests might have hoped, with multiple Cast Members complaining that the long-awaited ride was the least accessible one at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World.
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Recently, a former Disney Imagineer also took to Twitter to share his views on the ride that has recently flooded the news. Jim Shull shared,
Reusing the same vehicle design developed for Shanghai Disneyland fitted for Chinese body types was not the very best of ideas. Americans and especially the Disney guests in the U. S. do not match Chinese body types. Expect increase in number of GWD vehicles replacing bikes.
Reusing the same vehicle design developed for Shanghai Disneyland fitted for Chinese body types was not the very best of ideas. Americans and especially the Disney guests in the U. S. do not match Chinese body types. Expect increase in number of GWD vehicles replacing bikes. pic.twitter.com/HQspQVTTdD
— Jim Shull (@JimShull) February 7, 2023
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However, despite the backlash that the TRON seating has received recently, and particularly the backlash that Disney has been receiving for lack of accessibility, one fan contested Shull’s opinion, sharing, “Please don’t share that false, misleading narrative. The coaster uses the same restraint system as the OTHER motorbike coasters designed BEFORE tron even broke ground. The only thing Disney did was change the theming elements of the ride vehicle, they didn’t design the restraints.”
A few users also shared their frustration that Disney hadn’t improved the Disney Theme Park ride’s design since TRON went live in Shanghai Disneyland.
They had 8+ years to innovate improve and even create their own version dual racer track going inside space mountain etc. wow maybe they'll add them in the future Tron 2.0
— Ogie (@Ogie86022994) February 8, 2023
However, many fans concurred with the fan who clapped back at Shull’s argument sharing their heights and builds and explaining that the Disney Park ride hadn’t been too small for them. The tweet also reignited the debate that has been spreading across the internet about TRON’s accessibility.
One user argued that Disney shouldn’t have to worry about this kind of issue at all:
Vehicles were designed by Europeans for the average body type, Disney (And Universal) doesn't have to (and shouldn't have to) Not make certain rides due to people not fitting, It's like if we never had rides with height requirements because "My Child is too short". Nuf said.
— Tomneom (@tomneom) February 7, 2023
Others felt that this was a “serious oversight.” Whichever side of the argument you stand in, it’s abundantly clear that TRON is one of the most awaited rides Disney has planned and that Walt Disney Imagineering has been working on, proved by (if for nothing else) the amount of news its generating before it’s even officially opened to the public at the Walt Disney World Resort, and will certainly add to the Disney experience as it already has in Shanghai Disney Resort’s Disney Park.
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