A new TRON roller coaster will be added to Tomorrowland inside the Magic Kingdom. The attraction is expected to be identical to TRON Lightcycle Power Run from Shanghai Disneyland and will be placed North of the Tomorrowland Speedway and next to Space Mountain.
As part of this new attraction, the Tomorrowland Speedway will be reconfigured. The Speedway is expected to close on January 2, 2019 and reopen on May 18, 2019 under the same name. Concept art shows a new pathway beginning at the Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. and extending to Storybook Circus.
The Walt Disney World Railroad will also suspend operation beginning December 3, 2018 as part of the construction. The Railroad could be closed for as long as two years.
The below video of the Shanghai attraction is used with permission from the YouTube channel SoCal Attractions 360. These videos are in 4K or 1080p resolution for peak quality.
The Tomorrowland Speedway to Undergo Changes Rumor Tracker can be found here.
December 6, 2018: WDWMagic is reporting that Cast Members have advised guests at the Main Street USA station that the Walt Disney World Railroad will be closed for 2 years.
November 26, 2018: The Walt Disney World Railroad is expected to close for refurbishment on December 3, 2018 with it's last day of normal operation on December 2, 2018. The reopening date is unconfirmed.
October 4, 2018: WDWMagic.com is reporting that the Tomorrowland Speedway refurbishment will run from January 2, 2019 through May 17, 2019 and the attraction will reopen with a reconfigured layout on May 18, 2019.
October 3, 2018: KennyThePirate.com is reporting that Tomorrowland Speedway will close for refurbishment on January 2, 2019.
August 10, 2018: The Disney Parks Blog posted an update on the TRON attraction coming to Tomorrowland. A new billboard for the attraction is now visible inside Storybook Circus and along the tracks for the Walt Disney World Railroad.
Beginning in December 2018, service along the Walt Disney World Railroad will be suspended and guests can view and take pictures in front of the trains inside the Main Street USA station. In addition, the Tomorrowland Speedway will close in early 2019 to redesign the track layout. It is expected to reopen in Summer 2019 under the same name.
@BlogMickey on Twitter posted photos of the new billboard visible in the park.
February 16, 2018: BlogMickey.com posted a photo update of the land clearing for the TRON attraction.
Februray 6, 2018: Construction has begun on this project.
February 2, 2018: BlogMickey.com is reporting that construction for the TRON attraction is expected to begin on February 6, 2018. The permit also lists an expiration date of August 16, 2021. The final date is typically an estimate and extensions are possible (as is completion before the final date).
January 29, 2018: On Episode 127 of The Magic Weekly YouTube show, Brayden shows images and posts from the private Instagram account of an alleged Imagineer on multiple projects. One such post indicates that an original concept for the TRON attraction included a Flynn's Arcade retheme of the Tomorrowland Light & Power arcade. Additionally, a subsequent post indicated that the attraction will be slightly longer (a few meters) than the Shanghai version.
November 24, 2017: WDWMagic,com user marni1971 is reporting that the price for the TRON attraction has a budget between $350-450 million.
November 20, 2017: WDWMagic.com user danlb_2000 is reporting that Disney has filed a water management permit for work related to the TRON attraction. The placement of the attraction is East of the Tomorrowland Speedway and North of Space Mountain.
July 15, 2017: At the 2017 D23 Expo, Disney officially confirmed that a TRON Attraction will be added to Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. The attraction is expected to be identical to TRON Lightcycle Power Run from Shanghai Disneyland and will be placed North of the Tomorrowland Speedway and next to Space Mountain.
While it does appear that the Tomorrowland Speedway will be reconfigured, it does not appear that it will be removed. Concept art shows a new pathway beginning at the Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. and extending to Storybook Circus.
While no specific date has been given, the attraction is expected to be open by 2021.
July 10, 2017: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that the TRON Lightcycle attraction will not be replacing the Speedway but will be added "behind" the Speedway and the full explanation will be revealed at the D23 expo. He indicated in a later post that a new theme is likely for the Speedway.
July 10, 2017: WDWNT.com is reporting that the TRON Lightcycle attraction from Shanghai Disneyland will replace the Tomorrowland Speedway by 2020/2021 and it will be officially announced on July 15th at the D23 Expo.
March 19, 2017: On Episode 123 of the Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast with Jim Hill, Jim and Len discuss the possibility of the TRON Coaster from Shanghai Disneyland replacing the Tomorrowland Speedway. This would be done for the 50th Anniversary of the park in 2021 and largely be contingent on the success of TRON 3, should it get made.
January 26, 2017: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 has reported that there are several proposals for changing the Tomorrowland Speedway but none of them have been finalized.
- Overhaul and overlay the existing attraction
- Radically alter and overlay the concept but change it.
- Radically alter and overlay the concept but change it as part of a bigger project
- Fully remove the existing attraction for something new
October, 20, 2016: WDWNT.com listed a series of rumors, one of which involves the TRON Lightcycle ride from Shanghai Disneyland being reproduced in Tomorrowland.