Last year at D23, Disney confirmed that a new TRON indoor roller coaster would be coming to the Magic Kingdom. While the belief was this new signature attraction would open in time for the 50th Anniversary, we now have a better understanding of the timeline thanks to recently filed government paperwork.
, we saw Environmental Resource permits filed with the South Florida Water Management District that gave exact locations for both the TRON Lightcycle Power Run coaster, and the new Main Street theater.
But the permits didn’t give much for details. However, now we have "notices of commencement" permits
that tell us Disney is expected to break ground soon and gave us new details on who will be doing the work.
The permits filed with Orange County confirm that Disney has hired local construction company The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. to oversee the project.
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TRON coaster at Shanghai Disneyland
Like most construction permits, these documents don’t have exact dates on them, but they’re typically filed only when the design is set, and construction is about to begin. Using previous construction timelines
, we can expect a two-year build timeline for the TRON
coaster. While the official groundbreaking at Shanghai Disneyland was in 2011, it wasn’t until late 2013 that construction truly took off with the first steel column laid in October 2013. The TRON attraction saw vertical construction by early 2014 and was testing with invited guests in spring of 2016.
We should see ground clearing and site preparation at the Magic Kingdom in the coming months with most of it taking place well before the rainy season. Once vertical construction does begin, which will likely be before the end of this year, the Walt Disney World Railroad will go down for at least a brief period since the TRON building stretches over the railroad.
The Tomorrowland Speedway will also go down for a brief period as it gets an update, which will likely include a slightly updated track and new theming. Tomorrowland as a whole is expected to get a major theme overhaul
in the coming years, though that might be a few years after TRON opens.
All three attractions and the Main Street theater should be open by the 50th Anniversary celebration in 2021.