TRON Lightcycle/Run Canopy Construction Moving at Hyperspeed
The bustle at Magic Kingdom today certainly burst with excitement. With the holiday weekend, the Daytona 500, and the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend festivities, so many visitors raced to Walt Disney World Resort this week. It appears that crews working on Tron Lightcycle/Run, the much anticipated thrill ride coming soon to Tommorowland, also have a bit of vigor in their steps.
During a trip around the Tommorwland Transit Authority PeopleMover, MickeyBloggers got another great look at the enormous canopy. Providing the characteristic “Grid” for the attraction, the canopy not only serves as an important part in the ride’s storyline but also as a visual focal point now for the futuristic land.
Today’s work is not for the faint of heart or those afriad of heights though. Crews sported a wealth of rigging equipment, including safety lines and harnesses.
More on the Tron “Upload Conduit”
The canopy serves as the “Upload Conduit” in the attraction’s narrative. The first pieces of the curved wave were set in place in September 2020, so today’s progress marks almost a year-and-a-half of progress on the enormous structure.
“What we set in place yesterday is the first of nearly 40 pieces that will create a dramatic “curved wave” canopy, known as the Upload Conduit. Each section is strategically assembled before installation, including alignment of the steel, welding, grinding, some painting and electrical work. It’s an intricate process and something we’ll get to see rise before our eyes over the coming weeks and months,” said Imagineer Zach Riddley in a Sept. 2020 Disney Parks Blog article.
Initially set to be part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” Tron Lightcycle/Run work now will continue throughout the 18-month celebration. With today’s progress, we are hopeful that an opening timeline may be announced soon though.
Stay tuned for MickeyBlog on the latest updates not only on the Tron Lightcycle/Run construction but also other exciting projects, including EPCOT’s Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind coming to the theme park this summer.