The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover has always been one of our favorite attractions to relax on at Walt Disney World, but right now construction on the upcoming TRON roller coaster is proving a new reason to ride this old favorite.
At the 2017 D23 Expo, Disney announced that a TRON-themed roller coaster would be built in the Magic Kingdom to celebrate the Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary. TRON Lightcycle Power Run will be a clone of the opening-day attraction at Shanghai Disneyland.
We’re still a couple years away from being able to straddle TRON’s motorcycle-like ride vehicles for ourselves, but we’ve already received a preview of the coaster’s signature track element while riding the PeopleMover.
Riders will be launched outside and arc over the heads of pedestrians on this curving track below before entering the large show building and doing cyber-battle on the Game Grid.
The TRON coaster track construction is best seen as the PeopleMover enters and exits Space Mountain, which will lose its crown as the Magic Kingdom’s wildest ride to its new neighbor. That’s only one of the points of interest along the Tomorrowland Transit Authority’s elevated track, which also includes a portion of Walt’s fabled Progress City model, which inspired the original EPCOT concept.
In the Unofficial Guide, we give the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover 3 1/2 stars and call it “a relaxing ride where lines move quickly” and “a good choice during busier times of day.” A cast member dispatches small groups of guests up the inclined speed ramp of the entrance to avoid congestion, so you may see a long line, but it will move quickly. This full queue was less than a 10-minute wait.
By the way, the TRON coaster isn’t the only new thing rising in Tomorrowland. The old entrance marquee, which dated to the land’s mid-90s makeover, was recently replaced with this sleek mid-century archway.
Could this be a sign of a great, big, beautiful tomorrow coming to the rest of Tomorrowland?
While we’re all waiting for the TRON Lightcycle Power Run to arrive, why not sit back, relax, and take a grand circle tour of Tomorrowland with this complete POV of the Magic Kingdom’s PeopleMover ride.
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