The Walt Disney World Resort finally gave fans an opening date for its latest roller coaster, TRON: Lightcycle/Run at Magic Kingdom Park. In the midst of the excitement, though, it appears that day is blocked out for at least two Walt Disney World Annual Passholder tiers, leaving scores of Annual Passholders unable to experience this attraction on its opening day.
Disney confirmed that Walt Disney Imagineering would have its second Tron coaster ready to open next to Tomorrowland icon Space Mountain on April 4, 2023. But, according to Walt Disney World’s Theme Park Reservation Availability Calendar, the Pirate Pass and the Pixie Dust Pass are blocked out from April 1 – April 15, most likely due to the Easter Season traffic (Easter Sunday is April 9). While it was later in the month, many fans were previously speculating that the opening date our be on April 21, a date after Easter on which all Annual Passholders have the opportunity to visit. But Disney Parks Blog has confirmed that is not the case.
This means that all those Annual Passholders will have to either buy an additional one-day Park ticket to gain access to the Magic Kingdom or they will have to hold out hope on an Annual Passholder preview, as they have had for every new attraction, most recently Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. Disney confirmed in its announcement that a Passhodler Preview event for TRON: Lightcycle/Run was in the works, but no date has yet been confirmed.
It should be noted that sales of Walt Disney World Annual Passes have been closed save for the Pixie Dust Pass, which is only available to Florida Residents.
This decision to open a new Disney Park attraction for which fans have waited over five years on a date where half of the Annual Pass tiers are blocked out comes after the Disneyland Resort in California made the controversy-sparking decision to block out ALL of their Annual Passholders–called Magic Key Holders–for the entire 12-day holiday peak which included Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.
We at Disney Fanatic advise all would-be blocked-out APs to keep an eye out for the Annual Passholder Preview events, as well as reach out to the Walt Disney Travel Company for more information regarding your options.
As always, we will continue to update our readers on this and other Disney Parks news and stories as more developments come to light.