New Tron Lightcycle Run at DisneyWorld

The 1982 movie Tron is known to be the first film with a combination of live-action and computer-generated effects. It also had a sequel in 2010. Now, the sci-fi, action duology is set to have a ride at Disney World. Currently, the Tron Lightcycle Run is scheduled to open to the public on April 4th, 2023. Although the ride is just under 2 minutes long, there are plenty of digital effects to entertain leading up to the ride. 

The first Tron movie came out in 1982, and was also part of a milestone. That is because it was the first movie to combine live-action and computer-generated imagery (CGI) as well as backlit animation. One of the most important scenes of the main character getting digitized into the virtual world is a great example of the mix of live-action and CGI.  Although the opening scene in Tron was mostly set in the virtual world using CGI, there were live-action shots of the scene, most being in the arcade. When it was released in 1982, the movie’s special effects made it one of the best films of the time. Although the second movie, Tron: Legacy, came out with better, smoother CGI effects. 

The movie-inspired ride will open to the public in the Tomorrowland area of Disney World. The Tron Light Cycle Run will truly be an experience from beginning to end. Although, due to the popularity of the movie, there might be a wait. But once it’s your turn, you will get to ride one of the fastest rides at any Disney park. As you near the area where the vehicles are, there will be a glass wall with a CGI graphic in the theme of the movie projected onto it. That projection will then turn to another projection where you can partially see into the terminal. Once you get on a model of the lightcycles from the movie, you go from zero to 60 miles per hour (mph) in only a few seconds. Throughout the ride, there are twists and turns, as well as mirrors that change the color of the lights to make it look like the Orange Team from the movie is right next to you. 

People looking through the glass into the terminal before the ride starts. Photo provided by Orlando Sentinel.

On April 4th, 2023, it could be your turn to speed through the 8 energy gateways on the new Tron Lightcycle Run. After 2 minutes of going 60 mph, racing against mirrors that change colors to reflect a completely different color, this ride is sure to thrill many people. 

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