Navigating the Grid at TRON Lightcycle / Run
Today is the day Disney friends! TRON Lightcycle/Run has officially opened at Walt Disney World. If you’ll be heading to the Magic Kingdom in the days and weeks ahead then you’ll want to check out some of our insights into how to make the most out of your TRON experience.
The Legacy of TRON
The legacy of TRON started back in 1982 when the film was first released. For those unfamiliar, it follows the story of Kevin Flynn, a game make who is convinced that his former employer stole a video game program that he created.
Almost 30 years later and TRON: Legacy is released on December 17, 2010. The sequel follows Kevin’s son, Sam Flynn, who is trying to figure out who was behind his father’s strange disappearance. Sam quickly finds himself sucked into the same cyberworld his father has been trapped in for years.
TRON Lightcycle / Run
Starting today, visitors to Magic Kingdom can start their own TRON adventure with TRON Lightcycle/Run at Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom. On this awesome ride experience, guests are digitized and taken to the Grid to join Team Blue to race one of the Grid’s other programs. You’ll hope aboard your very own lightcycle and race against you opponents as you navigate through eight energy gates.
TRON Virtual Queue and Individual Lightning Lane Entry
As of going to print there is no standby queue for TRON Lightcycle/Run. Guests have two ways to experience the ride. The first is through the virtual queue and the second is individual Lightning Lane Entry.
In order to join the virtual queue, guests will need both a valid theme park admission and a park reservation for Magic Kingdom Park. Guests will have two chances each day to join the virtual queue. Starting at 7am guests can try for a spot via the My Disney Experience app and have a valid admission and theme park reservation. If they are unable to join the virtual queue at the time. There will be a second chance to join the queue at 1pm. Guess must be at Magic Kingdom Park in order to register for the afternoon queue.
If you’re lucky enough to get a virtual queue spot then you will be assigned a boarding group. When it’s time for your group to board you’ll receive a notification from the My Disney Experience app. At this point, you have a one-hour window to arrival the attraction. Late guests may not be accommodated.
Individual Lightning Lane for TRON
Guests look for another way to experience TRON Lightcycle/Run may purchase individual Lightning Lane entry on the day of your visit via the My Disney Experience app. Guests opting for the individual Lightning Lane option will get to choose a one hour arrival window.
Entering the Grid
Get ready to be completely and totally immersed in a different world. Once you travel underneath the massive open-air canopies you’ll know that you have arrived. Then, it’s time for you to get digitized in an awe-inspiring feat of Disney Imagineering.
Keep your eyes peeled in the Hall of Opponents where you’ll notice a surprise as you scope out a surprise waiting for you among the names and faces in the competition.
Tips for Riding TRON Lightcycle/Run
Here are some additional tips to get the most out of the TRON Lightcycle/Run visit.
- Outside the attraction you’ll find test vehicles which you can try out to determine if you’re comfortable riding the attraction.
- Guests must be at leas 48″ tall to ride the attraction.
- There is an alternate seating option for guests who prefer to ride in a standard coaster vehicle with lap bar.
TRON Locker System
The lockers at TRON Lightcycle/Run must be used to store your bags before heading onto the ride. You are required to store anything bigger than a wallet or cell phone. At the locker stations, lockers will light up blue if they’re available and a cast member will direct you to a section of lockers that you can use. Then, all you need to do is tap your MagicBand or theme park card to open the locker. Alternatively, a cast member will give you a card to use. It should be noted that MagicMobile cannot be used on TRON’s locker system.
Once the locker open, simply stow your items and close the locker. If you forget to put something in your locker simply tap your MagicBand or card to reopen. After exiting the ride, you’ll be directed once again to the locker area and you use the same method as before (tapping MagicBand or card) to access your belongings.
Storing Small Items on TRON Lightcycle/Run
Guests will be given the opportunity to place small items (like wallets and phones) at the front of the vehicle before boarding your lightcycle.
Boarding Your Lightcycle
To hop on your Lightcycle, guests will be directed to step onto the vehicle and place your knees all the way forward. While leaning forward, pull the handlebar towards you as close as it can go. The back restraint will then gently rest against you, securing your for your trip to the Grid.
Incredible TRON Merchandise
You’ll definitely want to pick up a souvenir post-ride. Disney has really outdone themselves when it comes to merchandise for the TRON attraction. One of our favorites has to be the iconic identity disc. It lights up and makes sound effects from the grid. It also clicks onto a backpack and can connect to Bluetooth which you can use to DJ!
Guests looking to score the latest TRON merchandise on opening day will want to make note of the temporary pop-up shop located across from Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. A virtual waitlist to enter the shop may be in place depending on crowds.
All the excitement of your cyber adventure may mean that you’ve worked up an appetite. We’ve got just the spot to try out some new goodies – Energy Bytes. Magic Kingdom’s newest food kiosk is located near TRON plaza and features breakfast bites, savory snacks, sweet treats and beverages.
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