Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park will open its TRON ride in time for the park’s 50th anniversary. While it was announced earlier this month that the TRON Lightcycle Power Run would in fact be making its way to the Magic Kingdom (the ride debuted last year in Shanghai Disneyland), there was little other solid information about the attraction. The roller coaster will mark the first appearance of a TRON-themed attraction in Disney’s various parks in the United States, so the opening should prove to be popular among the many fans of the 1982 film TRON and its somewhat divisive sequel TRON: Legacy.
With Disney’s D23 Expo 2017 in the midst of revealing more information on upcoming films like the live-action versions of Aladdin and Dumbo and a teaser trailer for Marvel Studios 19th entry in its Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Infinity War, some fans were wondering what information D23 Expo 2017 would reveal about Power Run. Now that moment has arrived, though fans who were hoping for the ride to open anytime soon may be disappointed.
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During D23 Expo 2017, it was revealed and confirmed by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek that Power Run would make its way to the Magic Kingdom theme park, in a new space seated next to the long-running Space Mountain ride. Though an exact date has not been confirmed, the hope is that the roller coaster will be open in time for Magic Kingdom’s 50th anniversary. This narrows the approximate opening date to somewhere around October 1, 2021 or before, should everything go smoothly. Take a look at new concept art released for the attraction:
This certainly fits with earlier rumors that suggested the Power Run would open around the 50th anniversary of Magic Kingdom, though the fact that it will be sitting next to Space Mountain in a new spot should put to rest rumors that it was meant to replace the Tomorrowland Speedway attraction. In fact, giving Power Run its own spot seemingly suggests that Disney has high hopes for the roller coaster, and perhaps the ride could become a top attraction for the park.
Which leads to the question of what exactly is in store for the future of the TRON film universe should the ride prove popular? While it was reported earlier this year that a reboot of TRON was in the works, and would possibly star Jared Leto, there’s been no information on the film for some time. While this doesn’t necessarily mean much (the film was in the very early stages of development when it was announced) in and of itself, a highly successful attraction at Magic Kingdom could push Disney to try again with the franchise should development still be stalled come the opening of Power Run. Either way, it seems as if the popularity and demand for TRON will not be dwindling anytime soon.
Source: Disney Parks