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Disney Guests Damage TRON – And It’s Embarrassing

magic kingdom tron lightcycle run
Credit: Brian McGowan, Unsplash

Is Disney quality slacking?

TRON Lightcycle / Run is one of Walt Disney World’s newest attractions, a roller coaster with a unique vehicle design that has Magic Kingdom guests race through the “Grid” in a futuristic setting.

With Universal set to open its new Epic Universe theme park soon, however, Disney has some competition, and it’s not looking great when Disney’s newest ride is already showing severe wear and tear problems.

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Credit: Disney Fanatic

TRON Lightcycle / Run Construction Woes

It had already felt like a rollercoaster following the new theme park attraction’s construction. It’s crazy to think about, but construction on this new Magic Kingdom theme park ride started five years ago.

To put that into perspective – since TRON began construction at Walt Disney World, we’ve seen Bob Chapek take over from Bob Iger as Disney CEO, only for Iger to return, a new president, a pandemic, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind…the list goes on.

But what’s even wilder to think about is that TRON Lightcycle / Run took longer to build than the Disney Park itself! Yep, you read that correctly. TRON took five years to build, but it only took around 18 months to build the entire Magic Kingdom.

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Credit: Brian McGowan, Unsplash

Is Disney Quality Decreasing?

The Magic Kingdom attraction only opened to guests in April 2023. After such a long construction period and only a recent launch date, it is baffling that the attraction is already showing such great wear and tear.

As seen below, on entering the main ride building in Tomorrowland, the wall decor on either side of the hallway is beginning to peel away.

The corridor is decked out with a futuristic TRON theming, complete with glowing blue lights and black coverings, but the black part of that design is starting to come off the wall.

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Credit: Disney Fanatic

With the corridor being the first time a guest enters the main attraction building, it does not set a great tone for the rest of the attraction experience.

And it certainly doesn’t meet the standard of Disney quality we’re used to.

X user, (formerly Twitter) @DaveKoenig also shared a photo of the decor in the ride’s line already “peeling” and fixed by Cast Members with tape:

Tron Lightcycle Run’s queue is already peeling and being repaired with duct tape. The Magic Kingdom attraction has been open about four months.

This peeling appears to be an issue caused by Disney guests’ poor behavior, however, the quality of the TRON show building and Disney’s ability to fix the issue seem to be questionable. Typically, we’re used to Disney Parks being vigilant with ride fixes and upkeep – to keep the Disney magic alive.

What About TRON’s Safety Restraints

The TRON coaster made its first appearance at Shanghai Disneyland back in June 2016, when its innovative engineering was met with positive reviews. The steel motorbike roller coaster is based on the TRON movie franchise and features a semi-enclosed track where Guests ride through ‘the Grid” on a light cycle.

The Walt Disney World version of the same ride was announced at D23 in July 2017, in which Disney Imagineers revealed that TRON would open in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom next to Space Mountain.

Since it opened this year, the ride has been operating a virtual queue, with guests having to wake early to secure a boarding group. Unfortunately, many guests who did attain a virtual queue spot found that the high-speed “bikes” on this ride don’t allow for larger Magic Kingdom visitors to experience the ride.

Thankfully, we haven’t seen much wear and tear on the bike ride vehicles so far, but a Cast Member duct tape fix on the walls does not seem like the best solution for Disney quality.

About Melissa Cannioto

Melissa is an author, adventurer, and chatterbox, who has worked at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, and Adventures by Disney! A British native, she has traveled the world, and now resides in Florida with her husband, an Air Force pilot. Find her children's book at @bear.hug.book

2 comments

  1. Hopefully Disney will remember that their customers are what makes Disney stay open and bring back affordable pricing.

  2. Here is a thought … just like some rides have height requirements, maybe it would be a good thing if some rides have size & weight restrictions. The world need to stop pandering to idiots with little self control.

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