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TRON Roller Coaster Construction Update February 2020

This is a TRON Roller Coaster Construction Update for February 2020 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!

Tron Roller Coaster Magic Kingdom Concept Art

(UPDATED 2/18/20): The last time we looked at the progress on the TRON coaster we saw some new support columns being added for the canopy, as well as the attraction building being closed in.

This week we are going to look at new supports for an elevated walkway being installed, plus more of the gravity building closing up, with a look on the inside.

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 Lightcycle Run roller coaster for more details. This is definitely one of the best new rides coming to Disney World in the coming years.

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!

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I’m constantly updating this post so you can scroll down for the latest TRON Construction pictures:

(NEW PHOTOS: 2/18/20)

Work is happening very fast at the TRON coaster site, including this week. Let’s look at the latest…

While the north side of the attraction show building is almost totally closed up, it’s a different story on the south side of the project:

Tron Roller Coaster construction update February 2020 show building from a far

None of the wall panels have been put up on this side, giving us an interesting view into the show building where we can see the track and other elements.

Here is where the track comes back into the building after looping around outside. It then drops down and zooms around in the dark, while different screens and lighting effects are taking place:

Tron Roller Coaster construction update February 2020 track leading back into the show building

Here we get a much better view of the inside of the TRON coaster and you can see the track gliding across the top of the inside, then dipping down and banking to the left:

Tron Roller Coaster construction update February 2020 inside the attraction building

Outside and back down on the ground it looks like some new retaining walls and rebar are going up near the support columns for the ride:

Tron Roller Coaster construction update February 2020 walls around supports

And down just a bit further we can see more work is being done for the supports which will hold the elevated walkway leading guests up to the attraction itself.

Tron Roller Coaster construction update February 2020 supports for elevated walkway

The yellow poles are temporary and are used to hold up the concrete forms until the supports are poured:

Tron Roller Coaster construction update February 2020 columns for elevated walkway

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.

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(NEW PHOTOS: 2/13/20)

Now that the walls are closing in on the TRON Lightcycle Coaster, we are starting to see what kind of impact that will have on the Magic Kingdom skyline once completed.

In fact, you can see the new building all the way from the monorail near the Grand Floridian Resort”

Tron Roller Coaster construction update February 2020 from a distance

It’s not quite as tall as Space Mountain appears to be on the horizon, but it’s significant nonetheless.

When we move over into Fantasyland, we can see the majority of the walls have been put up and the attraction building closed in.

Tron Roller Coaster construction update February 2020 from Fantasyland

Here is a much cleaner shot of the building, which is only missing a very small section of the wall on this side:

Tron Roller Coaster construction update February 2020 Gravity building

It will also be interesting to see what Disney does to the sightlines in Fantasyland because it doesn’t really hold true to the theming of Storybook Circus. Hopefully, we get some big trees on the border of Fantasyland that hide the view.

Next, we see some boom lifts working on closing in what’s left on this side.

Tron Roller Coaster construction update February 2020 boom lifts

Now let’s go over to the Tomorrowland side. This is similar to the angle in which guests will be arriving at the TRON coaster:

Tron Roller Coaster construction update February 2020 elevated walkway

The difference is that a large portion of the track will be covered by the huge canopy. Also, if you look at the above photo, you can see orange supports going up for what looks to be an elevated walkway leading to the attraction’s entrance. That would be like the one found in Shanghai Disneyland.

Here is the outside loop of the roller coaster track, again this part will be covered by the canopy eventually.

Tron Roller Coaster construction update February 2020 outside track loop

After it does its thing, the trains will come back into the gravity building at this point:

Tron Roller Coaster construction update February 2020 outside of building

(NEW PHOTOS: 1/21/20)

We’re back looking at Disney’s Magic Kingdom to see the latest construction progress for the TRON coaster.

Our first view is from the monorail, passing by the Magic Kingdom. While not quite as high as Space Mountain from this angle, it does take up a big amount of real estate on the skyline.

TRON Coaster Construction Update January 2020 show building from far

As we get a little closer and move onto Main Street USA, we see what it looks like from the Train Station:

TRON Coaster Construction Update January 2020 show building from train station

The sightlines are less obtrusive from inside the park here it seems, but it’s still clearly visible. I know a lot of people make a big deal about the Guardians coaster, but TRON can also be seen from various points inside the park.

Let’s get up close over by The Barnstormer in Fantasyland and see TRON from up close:

TRON Coaster Construction Update January 2020 gravity building

Right away the first thing you notice is the walls going up on the side of the attraction building. Just a couple of weeks ago the sides were completely bare, and if looks like they will soon be closed in.

It’s interesting to think about the difference in construction methods for both new coaster coming to Disney World. With TRON, the track was built before building the structure around it and closing it in, whereas in Epcot they first built the structure complete with its walls, and THEN the track.

There must be a specific reason for each one and I’d love to talk with an Imagineer to understand why they did it this way.

There are also some new concrete forms up in front of the attraction:

TRON Coaster Construction Update January 2020 concrete corms in front

Here is a closeup of the attraction wall where they will soon be closing it in. This is the part of the track where the trains return back inside the gravity building after the long part outside, under the canopy.

TRON Coaster Construction Update January 2020 track entering building

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 PHOTOS: 1/2/20)

Here is the latest look at the construction for the TRON Lightcycle Run roller coaster coming to the Magic Kingdom. This week we have some aerial photos, so let’s dig into them and see what’s new.

This is a great view from up above because you can see the whole project. Notice the large show building to the right, and the track where it goes outside at the top of the image:

TRON Coaster Construction Update January 2020 aerial image

Of course, that’s Space Mountain sitting next to it, and we can see the close proximity they two attractions have to one another. It’s also interesting to compare the sizes of the two rides. TRON is definitely bigger, especially when you consider part of the track will go outside the building, while Space Mountain’s is all contained inside.

overhead view of TRON Coaster Construction Update January 2020

There have been a lot of questions about the Walt Disney World Railroad and how it will pass through the TRON coaster site. This has been confusing since the concept art came out a few years ago, but now with most of the columns being in place, we have a better idea of how it will work.

The yellow line in the image below shows the likely path the railroad will take. You can see where it comes from in Fantasyland at the bottom of the yellow path, and continues under the TRON support columns where the train goes outside.

TRON Coaster Construction Update January 2020 aerial showing train route

It then goes under the PeopleMover and out the other side and away from Tomorrowland.

If you zoom in, we can get a better look at the concrete being poured for the coaster track support columns. This is the part where the trains launch out of the building.

TRON Coaster Construction Update January 2020 aerial photo of track outside

If we hover right over the top of the building we can see progress done on the roof. Also on the left side is a maintenance bay which is still uncovered for now. This is where the trains that need work on them will go.

TRON Coaster Construction Update January 2020 roof maintenance

Down on the ground, we get a way better sense of the columns that are being installed, and the overall size of the structure:

TRON Coaster Construction Update January 2020 track and show building
TRON Coaster Construction Update January 2020 building supports

Stay tuned for more soon!

(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:

Tron Coaster from PeopleMover December 2019

The coaster can also be easily spotted from Fantasyland and Storybook Circus:

Tron Coaster Construction from Storybook circus Update December 2019

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:

Tron Coaster Construction Update December 2019

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:

New Concrete form Tron Coaster Construction Update December 2019

Here is the section of the coaster where the launch happens:

structure for Tron Coaster Load/Unload area Update December 2019

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:

Track launch for Tron Coaster into exterior area December 2019

This is where the last section of track was connected, and where guests re-enter the show building:

where Tron Coaster returns to show building December 2019

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:

Where Walt Disney World Railroad will enter near Tron Coaster

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.

(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:

aerial of TRON roller coaster update November 2019

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:

view from the sky of TRON roller coaster update November 2019

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:

aerial view of the TRON roller coaster update November 2019

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:

possible Walt Disney World Railroad rerouting

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:

View of TRON Roller Coaster from Speedway 1 Construction Update November 2019

The construction cranes are both still in place so not quite all the heavy lifting is done yet:

View of TRON Roller Coaster from Speedway 2 Construction Update November 2019

This site line of course will be very different once the canopy is installed over the TRON coaster track:

View of TRON Roller Coaster from Speedway 3 Construction Update November 2019

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:

View of 3 magic kingdom coaster from Fantasyland

Here you can see the close proximity of TRON to Space Mountain:

TRON Roller Coaster near PeopleMover November 2019

Here is a great shot of the final stretch of track which has just been installed this past week:

TRON Roller Coaster track loop November 2019

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:

close view of TRON coaster track Update November 2019

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:

Last piece of track for TRON roller coaster update November 2019 front view

You can see just how close it is, and there are probably only 10-15 feet separating the two tracks at this point:

Last piece of track for TRON roller coaster update November 2019

In fact later that day thanks to @Rodneyt74 on twitter, we can see the very last of track being fitted into place:

Last piece of track for TRON coaster being fitted

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:

showing the new railroad route near TRON coaster construction November 2019

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.

railroad tracks for Walt Disney World Railroad Tron Roller Coaster construction update October 2019

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:

retention pond Tron Roller Coaster construction update October 2019

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:

aerial photo Tron Roller Coaster construction update October 2019

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: