Disney World is starting their work in adding the planned TRON Roller Coaster to their slew of attractions at Walt Dinsey World Resort in Orlando, Florida by filing initial documents to the state of Florida regarding the new ride.
Information regarding the supposedly new TRON film, which Disney was reportedly thinking about making, may still be scarce at the moment. But the House of Mouse is booting The Grid back up in a different way via the new ride. Patterned after the Tron Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland, Florida's own version is scheduled to open in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021.
First announced at this year's D23 Expo 2017, the TRON Roller Coaster at Disneyland Orlando is quietly moving forward after the company has apparently filed necessary documents with the state of Florida explaining how they plan to incorporate the new attraction into Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom, according to a new report from Inside the Magic. For those who are unaware of what the coaster could be like, it is a is a semi-enclosed launched steel attraction while guests aboard the ride will be taken through the Grid on their own light cycle. Different from your traditional coasters, this new one will have motorbike-styled vehicles with the riders leaning forward and gripping on a set of handlebars. Keeping them from falling, however, are pads behind the seats.
The arrival of the TRON Roller Coaster at Magic Kingdom is part of the unveiling of 23 improvements to Disney Parks, including 4 new rides across the theme parks. Many are looking forward to the particular ride, as it has gotten so much hype in Shanghai after it debuted there last year. It runs over 60 miles per hour, making it the fastest Disney coaster. But unlike its original iteration, this new version of the ride will be situated in a completely brand new section of Florida's Tomorrowland to the north of Space Mountain.
One of the famous sci-fi films from the '80s, TRON has its own cult following, which resulted in a sequel almost 30 years after with 2010's Tron: Legacy. Unfortunately, it was not able to recapture the vibe of the original movie despite impressive visuals and a spectacular musical score. This resulted in a lackluster reception from the critics but a fairly decent showing at the box office nabbing $400 million from a budget of just $170 million. Despite this, it does not look like Disney is willing to shelf the IP just yet. After the rather lukewarm response on the follow-up, a third movie is reportedly on the works with Jared Leto potentially playing the lead role. But instead of tackling what comes next after the second movie, it will apparently be based on the deleted Tron 3 script.
Source: Inside The Magic