Disney will be bringing a little bit of TRON to Walt Disney World after all. Throughout the decades, Disney has done a noticeably good job at making sure that most, if not all of its properties - from original Disney titles to the Marvel and Star Wars films - have been represented in some shape or form in their various theme parks. And with the acquisition and loss of properties, the company has managed to find new ways to reincorporate several of their most well-known titles as either rides or other kinds of theme park attractions, including the construction and planned opening of a new Star Wars Land addition to several of their pre-existing parks.
However, in the US Disney theme parks, there's been one of Disney's more beloved titles that has been missing for a very long time now, and that's TRON. But while Disneyland, California Adventure, and Walt Disney World have all lacked a TRON-related ride, the company did find a way to incorporate the title into their Disney park in Shanghai with the opening of the TRON Lightcycle Run. And as it turns out, that ride will indeed be added to one of the US Disney parks.
Following the initial report last year that the TRON Lightcycle Run might be coming to the Walt Disney World park in Florida, WDWNT is reporting that they have received confirmation from sources inside of Disney, that the company is moving forward with these plans. The company will reportedly be replacing their longstanding Tomorrowland Speedway ride in the Magic Kingdom with the Shanghai ride, with the goals of opening the US version of the TRON Lightcycle Run sometime before the park's 50th anniversary in either 2020 or 2021. The site also speculates that the Tomorrowland Speedway - which originally opened in 1971 as the Grand Prix Raceway - will likely close sometime in 2018, in order to begin construction on the Lightcycle Run.
It's worth noting that this news comes just a few months after the company also opened their Guardians of the Galaxy: MISSION BREAKOUT! ride in Disney's California Adventure theme park earlier this year, which similarly replaced their original Twilight Zone-themed Tower of Terror ride. And as many fans have already speculated, Disney's decision to bring the TRON ride - which is considered to be one of the best rides at the Shanghai park - over to the US could be the first sign of more, non-park-related TRON announcements to come over the next few years.
The property has the potential, after all, to be one of the studio's more successful onscreen franchises. But after trying to bring the world back to life in stylistic fashion on the big screen back in 2011 with TRON: Legacy - which was a box office failure - any official announcements regarding TRON have been notably absent. There were originally plans to make a third film in the franchise with LEGACY director Joseph Kosinski, but those eventually fell apart. And while there were reports of a possible TRON reboot in the works with Jared Leto as the lead actor earlier this year, no official updates have come in the months since. But depending on when Disney decides to officially announce this TRON theme park news, it could just be the first in a line of exciting new TRON-related announcements from the company.
We’ll bring you more TRON-related news as it comes our way.