When Disney announced that it was bringing TRON from Shanghai to Magic Kingdom Park, it made a big promise about speed. Five years later, TRON: Lightcycle/Run arguably holds the record for the longest construction time in Disney Parks history, but that was not the speed–or lack thereof–that we fans were promised.
Announced at the D23 Expo, Disney said that the Disney World version of Shanghai Disneyland’s TRON: Lightcycle Power Run, which proudly stands along the Walt Disney World Railroad next to Space Mountain and the Tomorrowland Speedway, was going to be “one of the fastest coasters at any Disney Theme Park in the world.”
Speed has been a major factor of roller coasters for Theme Park Guests over the last few years, with Universal’s Velocicoaster hitting a record speed of 75 miles per hour. But it is unclear though just how fast the lightcycles will take us. If it is going to be at least one of the fastest Disney coasters–if not THE fastest, it will have to reach speeds of at least 60 miles per hour. Both TRON: Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disney Resort and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT reportedly top out at around 60 mph. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios reportedly hist a top speed of 57 miles per hour, and Test Track at EPCOT will max out at 65 miles per hour, but it will not maintain that speed.
There is little hope that TRON: Lightcycle/Run will beat the Velocicoaster in terms of speed, but one has to wonder if it will earn the title of fastest Disney Park coaster in the world or if it will maintain a slower speed.
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