(UPDATED 5/20/19): This is a TRON Roller Coaster Construction Update for May 2019 which is coming to Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Today we’re going to see just what’s going on at the TRON coaster construction site including steel coaster footings and the first track pieces installed!
The Tomorrowland Speedway refurbishment is now complete (with a new shorter track built) and it’s now back up and running if you want to ride.
The last time we looked at the progress on the TRON coaster we saw the foundation for the ride poured and construction cranes move into the area will which help with the vertical progress of the attraction. We also saw the staging area where they are keeping the TRON coaster track until they are ready to be installed.
If you aren’t familiar with the TRON roller coaster coming to Disney’s Magic Kingdom, it’s pretty much going to be an exact copy 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! You can read more about the TRON coaster project for more details.
Big thanks as usual to @Bioreconstruct who takes by far the best Disney World construction photos, which keeps us up-to-date with ever project around property. It let’s us see these new attractions from start to finish which is amazing!
I’m constantly updating this post so you can scroll down for the latest pictures:
Let’s start this time over at the Tomorrowland Speedway which has been closed down since the beginning of January but is now looking to be in pretty good shape:
The new track has been poured, leveled off and tracks for the race cars have been installed too. In the above photo it looks like they are cleaning the track in preparation.
The surrounding areas do need a touch of landscaping, but overall the new track looks nice. Too bad they weren’t totally replacing the old cars and installing a better ride system, but it is what it is at this point:
We’ll let you know if the Tomorrowland Speedway is still on track for the original May 18th reopening date.
A part of the project in Tomorrowland which seems boring but is absolutely necessary to get the TRON roller coaster up and running is the expansion of the berm just outside Tomorrowland:
In order to have the TRON coaster, first a new water retention pond has to be installed/expanded, and that’s why you see these walls going up on the outside of property.
There are triple walls, and it actually looks like a 4th wall is being built behind the others:
Here’s a closeup of the wall:
The Walt Disney World Railroad has been closed since the end of 2018, and the train will follow a new path around the berm once completed. No word yet if there will be new scenes for the railroad here or not, but stay tuned.
Lastly we go to check out the TRON coaster construction itself. This photo was taken just a few days ago:
One of the massive cranes was in place and ready to start putting up some steel. The foundation looks like it’s in good shape and you can tell we should start to see some of those track pieces currently being held off-site be brought over and put into place.
Then fast forward to now and you can see that some of the footings for the TRON roller coaster have been installed:
Zooming in we get an even closer look at them:
Obviously there is a lot of work still to go, but it’s nice to see some of the footings in place already. Once those are installed we’ll see the track start to be installed on top of them.
The cool part about this construction project is that with the TRON coaster we should actually get to see most of the track in place once installed as Disney has decided to install the track first and then the surrounding canopy.
Instead with the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster over in Epcot, we haven’t really got to see any of the track installation (besides what’s in the launch tunnel) because they chose to build the building first and then install the track after the fact. Both ways are fine, but it worked out better for us on this job! 😉
Even though the steel columns for the TRON roller coaster have been in for a couple of weeks now, Disney has decided to share some cool new video footage showing the Disney Cast Members signing the support columns.
One of the ride columns was signed by over 4,500 cast members…
First of 300 ride columns to be installed, some of which are over 80 feet tall!
The video also gave us a really cool shot of the TRON coaster bikes:
Here’s the new video interviewing the construction workers on this project:
While we got to see a close-up look at the steel columns being installed for the TRON Roller coaster last week, we’re going to take to the sky thanks to @Bioreconstruct and see what the project looks like from high above!
Also in the last couple of days the first pieces of track have been installed so we can actually start to see the layout of the TRON coaster and the rough path it’s going to take. Let’s take a look:
Here we can see an update on the Magic Kingdom berm construction which is linked to the TRON coaster:
The concrete walls going up for it are even longer now:
You can see where the Walt Disney World Railroad train tracks overlap with this expansion of the retention pond, and the arrow is pointing to some of the train tracks which have been set aside for the time being:
Now let’s head over to the TRON site:
There are two giant cranes hard at work installing all the steel for the project:
At first it seemed like the TRON coaster was really small, but that square concrete slab is not the only place the TRON coaster track is going to be running on:
Below we’ve outlined the rough path that the TRON coaster will take:
Guests start in the Load/Unload area where they load onto their TRON bikes. They are then launched on the left side of the image, and up into the canopy area which is at the very top of the path.
Once through the canopy they enter into the “Gravity Building” (the same name for the building where the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster is being held) where they will finish out the ride and head back to the station to unload.
I have to say I am much more impressed with the project now than a few weeks ago, and even though it is a very short ride, it’s going to bring a lot of excitement into Tomorrowland, and a little bit of “Tomorrow” too!
That’s all for now from the TRON coaster, but keep checking back here at Ziggy Knows Disney throughout the coming weeks as we’ll be posting the latest developments with this project!
We don’t have an exact date yet when the TRON Roller Coaster will be open. Our best guess at this time is it should be ready by Summer 2021, which would be in time for the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we know more…
Keep up with all the latest Walt Disney World Construction Updates in our post with links to all the projects and attractions currently being built!
Other Disney World Construction Updates:
- Disney Skyliner Update (May 2019) – Skyliner Sign and All the Characters Out
- Star Wars Hotel Update (April 2019) – Second Floor Installed
- Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Update (May 2018)
- Magic Kingdom Pathway Cinderella Castle Update (May 2018)
I want to know what you think about the latest TRON Roller Coaster updates…
- How excited are you for this ride?
- Which new Disney World attraction are you most looking forward to?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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