(UPDATE 3/18/19): This is a TRON Roller Coaster Construction Update for March 2019 in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Today we’re looking at how the construction of the retention ponds just outside the TRON construction site are coming along, plus the path leading up to the attraction and more work on the Tomorrowland Speedway.
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During out last update for the TRON coaster we saw the foundation for the attraction get installed, plus a construction crane be installed at the site which will be used to start erecting the steel work for the attraction which we’ll break down later. Since then lots of work has been done to clear the land where the entrance will go, leading people to this super-thrilling attraction.
If you aren’t familiar with the TRON roller coaster coming to Disney’s Magic Kingdom, it’s pretty much going to be a clone of the super popular attraction in Shanghai Disneyland, which happens to be the fastest ride in any Disney Park worldwide. This should help to totally revamp Tomorrowland, something it’s needed for quite some time! For more info about the TRON coaster project you can read this.
We always want to thank @Bioreconstruct who takes some unbelievable photos from the air on all the various construction projects around Walt Disney World. They give you a whole new perspective on the parks!
So let’s see what’s new on the TRON roller coaster project this month and keep checking back throughout the month as we’ll be adding more photos and information.
The TRON coaster is going to be the key feature of Tomorrowland’s renovation efforts so I thought it appropriate to start with a photo looking in on Tomorrowland from the outside:
Last month we saw the giant construction crane arrive on the TRON site, and now it’s visible from all over the Magic Kingdom, towering over the surrounding buildings.
Part of the work required to build the TRON coaster was refurbishing the Tomorrowland Speedway. Even if I think they should have opted for a total re-do of the attraction, complete with new cars (you now ones that actually work), they are just doing a re-route of the track in order to make room for the TRON coaster next door:
In fact, looking at the concept art for the TRON coaster you can see how it and the Tomorrowland Speedway are intertwined, with TRON even going above the tracks at a certain point:
From the way things look we should be seeing concrete forms poured here soon as things look like they are in place and ready to go.
Looking down from the PeopleMover you can see the wide entrance leading to the TRON coaster has been totally cleared and is now being flattened down:
In the above concept art we just looked at you can see where it passes under the PeopleMover and then continues over to the attraction. At night it’s going to look gorgeous all lit-up and will really add some futuristic vibes to Tomorrowland, something it hasn’t had in a while!
Here’s that same path and the foundation for the attraction is right next to the giant crane:
One of the critical aspects in order to get TRON up and running is the new retention pond outside the berm:
The whole berm has been extended and rerouting the drainage canal here makes it possible to put TRON where it is. This means the Walt Disney World Railroad when it comes back is going to have a slightly different route coming through here and it too will pass right underneath the TRON coaster!
Workers building up the retaining wall for the new pond:
It will hold the water that comes from the canal through an underground tunnel and then into the pond.
Looking at the site of the actual TRON attraction itself, we can see the foundation still in place after being poured last month, and lots of conduit coming up through it:
Still no vertical construction, but the steel should be rising up pretty soon as the crane is in place and permits have already been filed for the track installation. That means we are close. It will be interesting to see whether Disney chooses to construction the outside shell first or the track. I think it’ll be the opposite of the Guardians of the Galaxy coasting coming to Epcot, and they will do the track first.
Keep you eye out because things could start moving as soon as this coming week.
That’s it so far for this month’s TRON roller coaster update, we’ll be updating this article all month so keep checking back for more info and pictures!
UPDATE 3/18/19 – New Foundation Pour for TRON Coaster and a Second Construction Crane Goes Up
A couple of weeks have gone by since our last look at the construction site for the upcoming TRON Roller Coaster in Disney’s Magic Kingdom, so we wanted to update you with all the latest progress there.
First let’s go over to the Tomorrowland Speedway where we can see the re-routing of the track taking place:
A good portion of the track is being changed in order to allow for the TRON building which will hang over part of the Speedway. Looks like most of the new track has been laid out with wooden forms up along the sides. Once it’s flattened they should be able to pour.
You can also see where edge of the project finishes behind the track:
In our last update to the TRON coaster site we saw a huge crane go up which will be used in the construction (lifting the pilings and track pieces, etc. Now we spot not just one crane, but two!
Here’s a look at them both behind Space Mountain:
These things are monsters and can be seen from all over the Magic Kingdom. Here they are from the other side of Tomorrowland:
Heck you can even see them from Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland!
Riding the PeopleMover we can get a real good view of them from their positions on the TRON construction site:
Obviously the the presence of two large crane means that we are going to see some vertical movement on the TRON coaster very soon, maybe even this week.
One other interesting development is another concrete foundation is getting ready to be poured on the site.
The way the TRON coaster is set up doesn’t just take up one foundation like the Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster, but it’s spread out into smaller foundations and the coaster will be covered by a canopy.
Here’s an aerial shot to help you visualize how the layout will be:
A big part of getting the TRON roller coaster up is extending the boarders of the nearby retention pond. Here you can see concrete walls being put up to make that happen:
This pond runs right alongside the berm of the Walt Disney World Railroad which is why that needed to be shutdown for the moment as well:
Looks like a double wall:
That’s all for now but stay tuned and we’ll have more soon…
While the TRON Roller Coaster will be open in time for the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary, we still don’t have an exact date yet, and won’t for some time now. It should be ready by Summer 2021. Also expect pretty much an exact copy of the TRON roller coaster in Shanghai Disneyland without too many differences.
Stay tuned here at Ziggy Knows Disney for more updates…
Other Disney World Construction Updates:
- Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Update (March 2019) – Millennium Falcon Finished
- Disney Skyliner Update (February 2019) – High Speed Testing Gondola Cable Cars
- Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster Update (January 2019) – Attraction Building Closed-Up
- Epcot Forever Fireworks Show Update (January 2019) – New Work on World Showcase Lagoon for Illuminations Replacement Show
I want to know what you think about the Tron Roller Coaster Construction Update for March 2019…
- How excited are you for the TRON roller coaster to come to Magic Kingdom?
- Do you want to see an exact clone of TRON from Shanghai Disneyland?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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