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Friday, March 17, 2023

Magic Kingdom Guests to Get Soft Opening Chance to Ride TRON

 by Beth Keating



March 17, 2023


In a tweet from Disney this morning (March 17, 2023), Magic Kingdom guests got a surprise announcement – there are additional chances to ride the new TRON attraction before its official opening on April 4, 2023.

While many cast members, annual passholders, D23 members and DVC members have gotten a shot at riding TRON through the various preview lotteries that have taken place, guests at the Magic Kingdom from March 20 through April 2 will have two opportunities a day to snag a seat on Team Blue’s Lightcycles during the ride’s soft opening days. Today’s tweet announced:

“ATTENTION USERS: We have a surprise transmission from the Grid. // Between 3.20 – 4.2, Guests may have the early opportunity to experience TRON Lightcycle / Run presented by @Enterprise during a limited soft open via virtual queue or purchase of individual Lightning Lane entry.”


Once the attraction officially opens on April 4, the ride will be accessible only by virtual queue or purchase of Individual Lightning Lanes. There will not be a standby line. 


During the soft opening, guests will use their My Disney Experience app to request to join the virtual queue either at 7:00 a.m. or at 1:00 p.m.  (Guests must be in the park at 1:00 p.m. to join the afternoon queue, but they do not need to be in the park to request to join the 7:00 a.m. queue.)  Guests must have a valid theme park admission, and a Magic Kingdom theme park reservation in order to join the queues.  Riders may also purchase Individual Lightning Lanes (ILL) at 7 a.m., while availability lasts.  (Those slots go QUICK! ILL pricing changes with demand and days, and the day’s cost will appear in your My Disney Experience app.)

TRON Lightcycle / Run is located in the Tomorrowland section of Magic Kingdom.  It is based on the TRON movies that began with the 1982 film featuring video game designer Kevin Flynn, who finds himself “digitized” into an electronic world, racing to find his way back into the real world.  Tron: Legacy, the second movie, revolves around Kevin’s son, Sam, who tries to find his missing father, but finds himself pulled into “The Grid.”  Your ride essentially picks up after the second movie, when Sam has opened another gateway into The Grid.  You don’t need to watch the movies first to enjoy the attraction, but the ride will certainly make more sense if you do.  (If you want a crash course on the TRON saga, check out the Disney Parks Blog summaries here.)  Both movies are currently available on Disney+.




Beth Keating is a theme parks, restaurant and entertainment reporter for DisneyBizJournal.

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