TRON Attraction Update: Walt Disney World Railroad & Tomorrowland Speedway Operations to be Affected

Last summer at the D23 Expo Disney announced plans for a  TRON-style attraction that would be added to Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom and would open sometime in 2021.

The new attraction will be located in an entirely new area next to Space Mountain.

If you weren’t already excited about this new attraction, Disney has updated us with some related adjustments to two nearby attractions,meaning construction is now getting serious.  According to Disney, both the Walt Disney World Railroad and The Tomorrowland Speedway operations will be interrupted during the construction of the new TRON coaster.

The Walt Disney World Railroad will temporarily take up residence at the Main Street Station starting sometime this December, pausing its grand-circle tours of Magic Kingdom. During this time, guests will be able to get an up-close look at the railroad and take advantage of one-of-a-kind photo opportunities.

The Tomorrowland Speedway will also close for a portion of 2019, as the track is adjusted for the new attraction.  The railroad will reopen in the summer of 2019.

The new Tron attraction which will debut in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021, is based on TRON Lightcycle Power Run that is located at Shanghai Disneyland.

The TRON Lightcycle Power Run debuted on Shanghai Disneyland’s opening day and quickly became the highest-rated attraction at the park.

I personally cannot wait for this attraction.  I was excited when the announcement was made at the D23 Expo and now that construction has moved along far enough for them to start moving or adjusting portions of the nearby existing attractions I’m getting even more excited.

If you were planning on being in Walt Disney World while the operations of the Speedway and the Walt Disney World Railroad will be affected please be aware of the adjusted operations.

 

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Magic Kingdom to Begin 2017 with Some Refurbishments

The Liberty Square Riverboat at the Magic Kingdom will be the first to close when it shuts down for its annual refurbishment.

The attraction is scheduled to be closed from January 3rd through January 12th of 2017.

The Magic Kingdom’s Walt Disney World Railroad will also be closed for refurbishment in early 2017.

The refurbishment of the railroad will begin on January 9th and last through to February 16th.

As what usually happens when the United States elects a new president, The Hall of Presidents will be closing for a long refurbishment, which will presumably see the show updated to include the new president.

The closure is planned to begin on January 17th and last until June 29th.

The last time there was an election that gave the country a new president, in 2008, the attraction was closed for 8 months that involved installation of Barack Obama and a rework of the show.

Walt Disney World Railroad Closing for Refurbishment

WDW Railroad

The Walt Disney World Railroad at the Magic Kingdom will be closing for a refurbishment later this year.

The closure is scheduled to begin on October 12th and go through November 20th, reopening to guests on November 21st.

Walt Disney World Railroad Closing for Refurbishment this Fall

WDW Railroad

According to WDWMagic.com – 

The Walt Disney World Railroad is currently scheduled to be closed for refurbishment this fall.

The railroad will be closed September 28 – November 8, reopening to guests on November 9 2014. Emails are being sent to guests who had booked the ‘Disney’s Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour’ indicate that the closure is due to “unforeseen track maintenance.”