TRON Lightcycle Run: A Thrilling Guide to the New Tron Ride at Disney World

Get ready for a thrilling journey as you race against Team Orange in Disney World’s latest attraction: TRON Lightcycle Run. Located in Tomorrowland, beyond Space Mountain, this heart-stopping adventure opened on April 4, 2023. It’s captivated riders with its intense experience and cutting-edge technology ever since. Whether you’re a fan of the TRON universe or simply crave adrenaline-pumping excitement, this guide will help you decide if this ride is right for you and how you can join the high-speed chase.

The Ride Experience

TRON Lightcycle Run is not for the faint-hearted. The ride begins with guests boarding a motorcycle-style ride vehicle, called a lightcycle. The forward positioning of the cycles, with no seatbelt and only two locking pieces securing riders, adds to the terrifying thrill.

The track for TRON is pretty standard, filled with sharp turns and daunting drops. It’s comparable to the layout for Space Mountain or Cosmic Rewind. But the light cycles add an unexpected component of intensity.

Technical Specifications

Designed by Walt Disney Imagineering and manufactured by Vekoma, TRON Lightcycle Run is a motorbike roller coaster that offers the following technical specifications:

Photo of the exterior of the attraction TRON: Lightcycle Run, in Magic Kingdom
  • Type: Steel – Launched
  • Lift/launch system: LIM Launch
  • Height: 78.1 ft (23.8 m)
  • Length: 3,169.3 ft (966.0 m)
  • Speed: 59.3 mph (95.4 km/h)
  • Inversions: 0
  • Duration: ~2:00
  • Capacity: 1,680 riders per hour
  • G-force: 4
  • Height restriction: 4 ft (122 cm)
  • Trains: 7 trains with 7 cars; riders arranged 2 across in a single row, total of 14 riders per train.

Accessibility and Rider Requirements

Due to the attraction’s intensity and unusual ride vehicles, guests under 48″ are not permitted. Disney hasn’t offered any public statement about the maximum size, height, or weight of guests but your milage may very. Riders must lay forward with their legs back and calves locked into place, those with wider lower legs may have difficulty with the attraction’s safety mechanism.

Walking through the queue you’ll find a replica of the Lightcycle vehicles where you can test and ensure it’s able to accommodate you. Don’t worry if it’s not! Each train features a standard rollercoaster cart at the end the rest of us.

Pixie Pointer: If you’re worried about how intense this ride is, ask to be seated in the back car. This traditional style seat will provide a less terrifying adventure

How to Experience the Ride

Getting on TRON Lightcycle Run can be a rough experience, given that there is no standby queue. The ride is accessible only through Virtual Queue or Individual Lightening Lane.

Virtual Queue

Disney rolled out the virtual queue system back when Rise of the Resistance first opened and has used it for the launch of nearly every major attraction since. The virtual queue opens twice per day, at 7:00 am for morning availability and 1:00 pm for afternoon and evening availability. And these reservations go quick. If you’re planning to secure a place in the virtual queue, make sure that you are logged into the Disney World app and navigate to the attraction at least 10 minutes before the opening time. For the afternoon drop, at 1:00 pm, you must be inside Magic Kingdom.

Pixie Pointer: Make sure everyone’s account in your party are linked together before the day of your visit. That way you can have a few different people try for reservations, increasing your chances.

Guests staying at a Deluxe, or otherwise qualifying resort, will have a thrid chance at 6:00 pm to secure a spot in the virtual queue on select nights. You’ll need to have both your resort reservation and park ticket linked to your myDisney account, and be in the park at 6:00 pm when the queue re-opens.

Lightening Lane Access

TRON LightCycle Run is not available through Genie+, but you are able to purchase an Individual Lightening Lane reservation. The price varies but starts as low as $18 per person. In our experience Lightening Lane reservations are available throughout most of the day, starting to sell out around mid-afternoon. You will not be able to choose or alter your return time.

Top Tips for Riding TRON: LightCycle Run

The virtual queue for TRON fills up within a minute, most of the time. You’ll need to have a steady hand and fast wi-fi to snag this one. Here are our recommendations

  • Get the Individual Lightening Lane – If you can afford it, and TRON is important to you, the easiest and most guaranteed method is to just pay for it. I know, it sucks to pay that much money on top of your entry to the park, but that’s just Disney these days.
  • Set an Alarm for Drop Times – You need to be logged in to the app before the virtual queue opens. Ideally several minutes before and pulling to refresh for up to two minutes ahead of time. The best way to make sure this happens is to set an alarm for at least 5 minutes before
  • Turn Off Your Wi-FiDisney World has several different wi-fi signals depending on which park and which resort you’re closest to. You’ll also be competing for bandwidth with everyone else. Turn off your wi-fi to avoid your phone trying to connect to multiple networks, and reduce the company since we all have different providers.
  • Consider Deluxe Resorts – While there are many perks, among them is Extra Magic Hours which gives you an additional 3 hours in Magic Kingdom after the park closes (on select nights). It seems a little extreme to book a deluxe-level resort just to experience an attraction, but we all have different priorities.

My Personal Review

I absolutely loved TRON LightCycle Run at Magic Kingdom, but I have to confess that I was terrified. This thrill ride is definitely a stretch from your typical Disney adventure, which could be too much for some guests. I am not exaggerating when I say that I was brought to tears. The safety restraints did not feel secure to me at all, and we were seated on the very first row. I literally thought I was going to fly forward over the handlebars to my death the entire time.

At least I’d be part of Disney history.

In hindsight – the restraints are fine and I was perfectly safe the entire time. I would absolutely ride again, and I’d tell anyone who asked to do the same. Just be prepared to experience a bit more of an adrenaline pump than you’re used to getting from Disney.

And there we have it – a complete rundown of TRON Lightcycle Run, Disney World’s latest thrill ride. From its unique boarding experience to the intense race against Team Orange, it’s a ride that promises to be an unforgettable addition to the Magic Kingdom. So, go ahead, decide if it’s right for you, grab those tickets, and may your Disney adventures be as electrifying as this ride. See you in Tomorrowland!

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