This is a TRON Roller Coaster Construction Update for December 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 the last piece of the coaster track now completely installed!
(UPDATED 12/13/19): The last time we looked at the progress on the TRON coaster we saw the last piece of roller coaster track being installed and progress on the show building.
This week we are going to look at new support columns being installed, retaining walls and more concrete being poured as construction workers prepare to start building the attraction canopy.
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 roller coaster project for more details.
You can also get the latest from around Disney World at more construction projects currently going on in our Walt Disney World Construction Updates page.
Big thanks as usual to @Bioreconstruct who takes by far the best Disney World construction photos, which keeps us up-to-date with every project around property. It lets 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 TRON Construction pictures:
(NEW PHOTOS: 12/13/19)
Things have been moving fast around the TRON Roller Coaster project over the last couple months, and December seems to be carrying on the same way.
The project being built in Tomorrowland can be spotted throughout Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Here’s a look at the roller coaster from the PeopleMover on the opposite side of Tomorrowland:
The coaster can also be easily spotted from Fantasyland and Storybook Circus:
Once you get closer though, the scope of the construction becomes clearer. The track for the roller coaster was installed recently, and you can see the long bend it makes as it nears the Tomorrowland Speedway:
Part of the track is under plastic to protect it from the rain.
There is a new concrete form which has been installed in the middle of the project:
Here is the section of the coaster where the launch happens:
If you look above it, you’ll see the steel frame on the building where that happens is rising.
Looking on the side where the launch occurs, we see a new retaining wall has been installed along the perimeter, and between the concrete columns. Also in this area, a concrete pathway has been installed for the workers on the project.
This is where the launch will start, and propel guests high into the canopy and onto The Grid:
This is where the last section of track was connected, and where guests re-enter the show building:
We’re still waiting for the Walt Disney World Railway to reopen in the Magic Kingdom. In the meantime, we get a sense of where it will enter near TRON here:
That section of the wall in the top middle is where the Railroad track will enter from Fantasyland, and then run through the tunnel underneath the roller coaster.
Lastly, a lot more of the land has been excavated and flattened over the last couple of weeks. This means we should start to see more progress on the canopy structure happening shortly.
Stay tuned here at Ziggy Knows Disney for the latest as we’ll continue to bring you more TRON coaster updates. Keep scrolling down for previous updates to see how the project has developed.
(NEW VIDEO: 11/25/19)
Disney has just released a video of a milestone in the TRON: Lightcycle Run roller coaster, the final piece of track being installed!
It was a huge moment for the construction team, and it means the project is one step closer to completion.
Keep reading for more construction updates on the project…
(NEW PHOTOS: 11/4/19)
Even though we posted our last update for the TRON coaster only less than two weeks ago, a whole bunch of changes have happened to it, including the last track support columns going up and the very last piece of track installed.
Let’s see what’s new so far for November…
Before we go down for a closer look, let’s look at the newest aerial shots of the TRON coaster construction in the Magic Kingdom:
Here we get a really nice view of the whole project with Space Mountain to the left and Storybook Circus in Fantasyland over to the right.
You can really see how far out the newly constructed stretch of track going out towards Tomorrowland reaches:
You can also see the close proximity to both Space Mountain and the Tomorrowland Speedway. The actual track reaches right up to the area of land near The Barnstormer and Tomorrowland Speedway:
This area is right up next to where the Walt Disney World Railroad track will go once it reopens. In the following picture are potential paths for the railroad:
It’s either going to go out in front of the coaster track, or it could also pass underneath the TRON coaster. At this point Disney hasn’t said what they are planning to do so we’ll have to wait and see which direction it goes in.
Now let’s take a view of the new stretch of coaster track from the ground. You can see it all the way from the other side of the Tomorrowland Speedway:
The construction cranes are both still in place so not quite all the heavy lifting is done yet:
This site line of course will be very different once the canopy is installed over the TRON coaster track:
Over in Fantasyland you can also see the TRON Lightcycle coaster, and actually in this shot you get a view of three Magic Kingdom coasters all at once…Space Mountain, The Barnstormer and TRON:
Here you can see the close proximity of TRON to Space Mountain:
Here is a great shot of the final stretch of track which has just been installed this past week:
It’s a pretty straight stretch, and then makes a big wide turn around the curve at the end before going back the other direction.
Here’s a closeup of the TRON track on one stretch:
While that big long part of the coaster track has been installed, there is only one small gap left to connect to the top of the show building:
You can see just how close it is, and there are probably only 10-15 feet separating the two tracks at this point:
In fact later that day thanks to @Rodneyt74 on twitter, we can see the very last of track being fitted into place:
Lastly the yellow line is showing us the approximate path the Walt Disney World Railroad will take when it comes back from refurbishment eventually. It will basically go right between TRON Lightcycle Run and the Tomorrowland Speedway:
That wraps up another TRON construction update, this time for November! Once that last piece of track is connected we should start to see the rest of the structure on the far side for the show building go up, as well as the canopy over everything.
Stay tuned for more update as continue to bring you the latest coverage and scroll down to see previous TRON updates!
(NEW PHOTOS: 10/21/19):
We start out just outside the TRON project were we can see the train tracks of the Walt Disney World Railroad. The Railroad is currently closed due to the TRON Lightcycle Run construction and the tracks had to be diverted slightly for the new retention pond which has been installed.
Speaking of the retention pond, these are the walls near that area. Some kind of work/repairing has been done to one of the walls where you see that white patch:
Now that we’ve seen those other two projects, let’s take a look at the main event. Here is an aerial shot of the TRON Lightcycle Run coaster construction project and the entire Magic Kingdom. TRON is located at the bottom center:
It’s amazing considering that at this time last year, none of the steel was even up and now we can see the vast majority of the attraction show building in place.
The construction site for TRON is huge as it spreads all the way over from Space Mountain to Story Book Circus in Fantasyland. Here is the construction wall there keeping guests out:
There is a huge amount of rebar at the TRON site:
Now over on the side by The Barnstormer we get a good, up close look at the TRON coaster show building:
So much steel has gone up over the last 1 1/2 months it’s really incredible! Lot’s of the track which was visible in September is now completely covered.
If you look in the back left of the next picture, you’ll see where the future Loading/Unloading area for TRON Lightcycle Run will be. It looks like the steel frame is almost up.
Scaffolding is even up on this side for worker access to the roof.
Here’s a further view of the TRON coaster construction:
This is from a different angle and you can see the frame for the Load/Unload area on the right side this time.
It’s really awesome being able to see a future attraction going up this way, especially a roller coaster. It’s also funny how Disney decided to build most of the TRON coaster outside, visible to the public, and instead build the vast majority of the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster inside.
Either way, I’m excited for both of them! Keep checking back for more TRON Lightcycle Run updates soon. Keep scrolling down to see the spectacular TRON coaster in its previous construction phases and the difference from then to now.
(NEW PHOTOS: 8/26/19):
Get excited people, because TRON Lightcycle Run is coming to Disney’s Magic Kingdom. In case you didn’t hear, this past weekend at the D23 Expo they announced that as the official name for the TRON coaster. We also got some new concept art for the projects with quite a lot of differences form the original.
To learn more about it read our article on the TRON Lightcycle Run coaster.
Now onto the latest updates on the project:
Walking through Fantasyland you can see the TRON show building rising up and peaking through the trees. This is noticeable in many places throughout the Magic Kingdom, especially Fantasyland.
Expect it to get worse as the construction continues because the building is only going to get bigger. That crane isn’t going away anytime soon either as there is still lots of steel to go up.
Let’s head over to Goofy’s Barnstormer for a closer look:
Steel work for the attraction show building is going up fast and not just the far wall, but it’s starting to move closer and closer to us:
The steel structure is now covering a bigger part of the track and you can see where it’s moving out over the center of the track:
Part of the show elements for TRON Lightcycle Run are the power rings, which straddle parts of the track and light up as riders go through them. One of them has been spotted already out in the middle of the track:
It’s wrapped up in green plastic to keep it from the elements right now, but those are going to look so cool once they are up and running.
Those G-forces are going to be strong as you blaze around those banked curves at 60 mph!
Another important feature of the TRON coaster we’ve been talking about for a while now is the retaining wall that surrounds the project and keeps the future pond at bay. Now we can see it up on this side, and it’s being painted white:
Besides the retaining wall, you can see the steel wall structure going up on this side too:
Here you get a nice shot of the launching platform:
The part of the track that has come to a halt it on the very top of the building. Workers were busy up there as almost 10 of them are spotted. Some are working on the steel and others installing some of the show elements:
Construction is moving out and more concrete fittings are being installed for the next phase of the building project. One those footings are in they can start to lay more track:
Stay tuned here at Ziggy Knows Disney as we continue to bring you the latest on the TRON Lightcycle Run coaster…
(NEW PHOTOS: 8/3/19):
We start out outside the TRON construction site where the walls by the retention pond are looking really nice:
As you can see since the last time, the pond has been filled in now. Also rows of trees have been planted which after a few years will grow and fill in the area nicely. Just behind them is where the tracks for the Walt Disney World Railroad go. That should open by the end of the year or early 2020.
Now over to the TRON site. We can still see the big red crane in position and going to work. This is the view from Fantasyland:
Getting closer to the site the work being done to the show building is impressive. You can see the walls are starting to go up:
The is where the famous white canopy for the TRON Roller coaster is going and is where guests will arrive to the attraction. Looks like some big concrete footings are in place and almost ready to be built upon:
Here is what we have so far of the TRON coaster show building. It’s just a frame right now but just look at all those footings next to it:
A construction worker is high up on the last part of the track that’s been installed so far. The track has been stopped at that point for a month now and is most likely waiting for the show building to catch up.
Stay tuned as we’ll have more on the TRON coaster construction soon…
(NEW PHOTOS: 7/8/19):
We start out this week looking at the retention pond being built behind the Carousel of Progress and Space Mountain:
Four new walls are going up and the berm being moved back to extend the pond which they’ve been digging for a while now. From the latest photos it looks like the berm is going to be removed soon and the area to the left flooded in the photo below:
Now let’s head over to the actual TRON site:
The work is being done just beyond Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway and Storybook Circus. Here’s a look at Space Mountain during the construction:
The construction work goes pretty much right up against it.
If we look at the site from Storybook Circus we can clearly see the TRON coaster from that vantage point. I wonder if they are going to add more trees to block it or just leave it visible:
Now we can get a goo shot of the size and scope of the TRON site. The part of the ride they’ve been working on is concentrated in the center of the picture, and the loading area is just being added now to the left side:
The actual track installation has hit pause for right now under more support foundations are installed but the track will continue and extend out towards the Tomorrowland Speedway once the footings are in place:
Just what they have right now would have a hard time fitting inside Space Mountain so you can see that it’s going to be significantly bigger when finished. It needs to be a longer track because the ride is so much faster than Space Mountain:
Here’s a recent image of TRON from the ground level. The big construction crane sticks out and is still in heavy use on the project:
The foundation is being poured for the loading area on the far side and track added. It’s certainly going to be a hike to get back there from Tomorrowland:
This is where the track has stopped for the time being until they get more supports in. However you can see the structure starting to go up which will hold the canopy:
A closer look at those supports. The canopy will then over the majority of the track:
Lastly you might remember back a few months ago when we showed you the staging area which was holding track for either the TRON coaster or Guardians of the Galaxy coaster. It now looks like most of that track is gone from the site:
It’s hard to be sure which roller coaster it was for because both projects are in similar points in the construction and both tracks are being installed at the same time.
Keep scrolling down for previous updates to see other points in the TRON coaster construction process…
(NEW PHOTOS: 6/17/19):
Another week has gone by and we are full of updates from around Walt Disney World including what’s going on in the Magic Kingdom for the TRON roller coaster construction. Let’s start out over at the new retention pond that’s being put in along side the Walt Disney World Railroad:
So far it looks about the same as last week, four retention walls which will hold back the water. So what’s different? Look at the next photo:
Work is now being done to dig out the future pond and water is already in there. Now we can see why they need those big walls!
You didn’t come here to read about retention ponds though, you want to know more about the TRON coaster and a whole new part of the track has been installed since last week. Here is a view of the entirety of the TRON coaster up to this point:
You’ll notice that the whole part on the right side that’s being built is totally new from only last week, and this is the longest stretch remaining which goes away from the track that’s currently built.
Zooming in we can see the slow down areas which are and used in case the ride needs to be stopped in an emergency and can then be used to evacuate in that event. Of course this part will be totally covered once the TRON coaster is finished, but right now we can see it really well.
In the next photo we can see a sharp turn at the bottom of the coaster which looks like it will be a blast to go around:
In a better angle behind Space Mountain we can see the long track that’s being built coming around the side and over on the left is where the construction has been halted for the moment. There is a big gap in between the two parts of the track that needs to be connected:
Here’s a close up of that last piece waiting to be continued:
The reason the track progress for the TRON coaster has been stopped is visible here:
You can see the foundations for that part of the track haven’t been installed yet and they are still going in. It might be another week or more before they are done and ready to continue the progress on the track.
We’ll keep you updated soon with more of the progress, in the meantime you can look at how the TRON roller coaster construction has progressed down below…
(NEW PHOTOS: 6/10/19):
Let’s start with the more boring, but still necessary part of the TRON coaster construction project and that is the berm expansion in the Magic Kingdom on the other side of Space Mountain:
As you can see from the photos, more land is being moved and flattened where the retention pond expansion will be. The concrete walls look like they are coming along fantastically and right now there is a 4 layer protection of walls between the new retention pond and the track where the Walt Disney World Railroad will soon pass once again…
That’s all and nice, but what we really want to see is construction on the actual TRON roller coaster itself and here is an amazing view almost the entirety of the coaster from the Barnstormer in Fantasyland:
There is still a big crane in use on the project and as you can see from Fantasyland, the whole coaster track isn’t quite installed yet..
This is an awesome look at the launch platform which is completely installed in the middle of the photo. On the right you see where the track still isn’t connected to anything. It will continue around the right side and head towards those huge empty steel supports and continue straight before reconnecting with the rest of the track?
Of course this whole part of the ride is going to be covered by the huge white canopy that you’ve already seen in the concept art at the top of the page so no worries about getting soaked on this ride:
Love the twists and turns, it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun to ride. The original version clocks in at 60mph so it will instantly become one of the mot thrilling rides in Walt Disney World the minute it opens.
Keep reading to see some of the previous construction updates for the TRON coaster.
We’re back one last time this month for another update of the construction work going on at the TRON coaster site in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. This month has been crazy as we’ve seen the steel columns go up and the track pieces installed, and even in only a few days it’s amazing to see how much more they’ve added!
Let’s start first with the retention pond project just on the outside of Tomorrowland:
The new walls for the berm which will run right next to the Walt Disney World Railroad are going up nicely. There are 4 levels of walls and this area will be crucial to the water management, making the TRON project possible.
Speaking of TRON let’s take a look at the steel going up. Even from other parts inside the Magic Kingdom you can see the TRON coaster construction. Here you can see the cranes doing work from Fantasyland:
You get a much better view from Storybook Circus and you can see the track winding around the supports:
View of TRON from the monorail:
Even from the ground level in Tomorrowland you can already see the coaster track:
Keep in mind that most of the track will be covered by the large canopy being installed over top, so this is a good time to be able to take a look at it in its natural state:
The more I look at it the more I want to ride!! This is probably the best shot and gives you a better scope of the size:
Pretty soon we should be seeing the other part of the track which goes away from the big mass of steel for a long stretch pretty soon. You can see the full layout if you look up at the photos from the previous update earlier on this page.
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!
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:
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! 😉
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
- Epcot Future World Construction Updates
- Grand Floridian Walkway Construction Updates
- Epcot Entrance Construction Updates
- Star Wars Hotel Construction Updates
- France Pavilion and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Construction Updates
- Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster Construction Updates
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- 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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