Everything you need to know about Tron Lightcycle / Run at Magic Kingdom
There are a lot of questions before visiting a theme park, and planning in advance can help your day go easier. Tron Lightcycle / Run is the fastest roller coaster at the Magic Kingdom. What else should you know? We answer all your questions below.
Here are the basics. Tron Lightcycle / Run is the fastest ride at Magic Kingdom Park. This roller coaster is located in Tomorrowland. The ride begins with a launch, propelling riders forward outdoors and over the main entrance of the attraction.
Keep scrolling for answers about: Height Requirement, Seat Restraint Sizes, ADA Accessibility, Ride Length, Lightning Lane, Virtual Queue, Lockers, Best Time to Ride, Ride Photos and Videos, Motion Sickness Recovery, Restrooms, and Rain Operations.
Riders must be at least 48 inches tall to go on this attraction. This is one of very few 48 inch height requirements at Walt Disney World. The only other Walt Disney World theme park ride that has this requirement is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 48 inch requirement is also enforced at select Disney Water Park attractions.
Can I Fit on Tron Lightcycle / Run ? Types of Seat Restraints
Tron Lightcycle / Run features a motorbike style seat. These seats are close to the restraint system that is used on Avatar – Flight of Passage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but not exact. There are also some back row accessible seats with more thigh and leg room due to their standard seating restraints.
If you would like a full breakdown of the seat restraint, with photos and video of each individual section of the ride restraint, click here. We breakdown how to sit correctly so you have the best chances to fit and be comfortable.
Yes, Tron Lightcycle / Run is partially accessible. This roller coaster’s vehicle design is unique, offering both the regular lay-down restraints and speciality back-row standard seating options. The back-row restraints are akin to what you would expect for a regular roller coaster seat, with a lap bar placed on top of the rider.
This attraction does require transferring from an ECV (electric scooter), to a wheelchair, then eventually from the wheelchair onto the ride vehicle. Space Mountain, the thrill attraction right next-door to Tron Lightcycle / Run, does not allow any ECVs into their queue. Instead, guests are provided a loaner wheelchair to transfer into for the queue.
There are also service dog kennels in the unload area of the attraction. More info on that and the post-ride cool down area later in this article.
Disney does warn that certain body shapes and sizes may not be accommodated for this attraction. This is a factor for most theme park rides, but due to the specific back restraints for most of the ride vehicles, this makes this ride even more particular. Disney also states, “For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.”
Tron Lightcycle / Run is approximentally two minutes long, including the launch sequence, indoor segments and turns back into the unload station. In full transparency, it feels shorter than that. If you are wary of a two minute long high-speed launching rush, don’t be. The actual high-speed parts of this coaster clock in around 59 seconds.
Lightning Lane and Virtual Queue
Tron Lightcycle / Run will only be accessible via the virtual queue or Lightning Lane options. This means you must either enter the virtual queue system at 7 a.m. or 1 p.m., or pay the Lightning Lane fee to bypass the virtual queue and get on the attraction faster.
To enter the virtual queue, you must have a Disney Park Pass reservation for Magic Kingdom. You will then need to be up at 7 a.m. and use the My Disney Experience app to put yourself and everyone in your party into the virtual queue. These queues fill up fast, with most spots gone in less than five seconds for major new attractions like Tron Lightcycle / Run or Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. If you don’t get in during the 7 a.m. distribution you will be given a second chance at 1 p.m. But, you must have already entered Magic Kingdom park by this time to grab your pass. For anyone that wants to be able to grab a 1 p.m. virtual queue, they must also have entered the park before 1 p.m.
You can also pay for Lightning Lane, but be warned that these passes are also bought out quickly. Lightning Lane for Tron Lightcycle / Run will not initially be included in Genie+. This will be a separate individual purchase to enjoy this attraction’s Lightning Lane offering. Pricing for Lightning Lane differs by day. For example, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has fluctuated their individual Lightning Lane price from $15 to $25, depending on the day and busyness of the park.
Yes, Disney will be enforcing free lockers on Tron Lightcycle / Run. But, not every device has to be stored in the free locker. Lockers are meant for items larger than a smartphone. Leave the iPads, backpacks, fanny packs, and large cameras behind. This roller coaster launches, with speeds reaching 60 miles-per-hour, you don’t want to drop your valuables.
This is the first time any ride has ever enforced locker storage at Walt Disney World. Avatar – Flight of Passage has a similar concept, with bags being stored behind the ride vehicles. These Tron lockers are free and can be activated with a MagicBand, MagicBand+, or a park ticket. At this time you cannot use Mobile Magic, the Apple Watch and smartphone RFID digital tickets, to open the lockers. This may be updated in the future.
For the smaller items, such as a smartphone, you can store it inside of the Tron Lightcycle vehicles. There is a small storage unit built into the bikes that is secured when you lay down on the opening latch. During our initial ride we were able to store a GoPro with wrist strap and an iPhone in this storage unit with room to spare.
Best time to ride
This answer is subjective. The ride itself will be the same, regardless of the time of day, unlike the day and night changes on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. But, the lighting of the initial launch and the building’s exterior differ greatly at night. In my opinion, after sunset is the best time to ride this attraction. The Tron world is mostly dark, with beams of light illuminating everything for the characters. You can get this same look when you ride at night.
Ride photos and video
Yes, Tron Lightcycle / Run will offer ride photos and video through Disney PhotoPass. Disney has also confirmed (in the coming months) that those that purchase Genie+ for the day will receive their ride photos included.
Tron Lightcycle / Run will offer a “first” for Disney PhotoPass at Walt Disney World. Riders will get both a slow-motion video and a photo of themselves during the initial launch. Whats new is that there is a camera and slow-motion camera for each side of the vehicle. You will be able to pick your best side, literally, whenever you ride on this attraction.
Is there a place to recover and cool down?
Tron Lightcycle / Run is an intense roller coaster, with a lay-down motorbike style restraint that isn’t common for many riders. Disney thought ahead and created an area after the ride for those that might have gotten a bit shaken up. This area features bench seating, standard non-themed lighting, a trashcan, water fountains, as well as a service dog kennel. Service dogs will not be allowed to ride this attraction. Owners will have to decide whether to leave the dog in the kennel under cast member supervision and ride with their party, or instead switch riders and have a member of their party stay with the dog in this area.
There are no restrooms in the queue of Tron Lightcycle / Run. Instead there is an all-new Magic Kingdom restroom located near the entrance/exit of the attraction. This restroom has a modern theme, trough sinks, and both air-blown dryers and paper hand towels.
Does the ride operate in the rain?
Yes, Tron Lightcycle / Run operates when it is raining. The entire ride track is covered by either the show building or the Upload Conduit roof structure. There may be times, during extreme weather such as heavy lighting storms, that the ride could be shut down. Overall though, this attraction was built for the Florida weather and should continue to operate, even in the frequent Florida rain.
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