Experience the thrill of Disney World’s newest rollercoaster, the TRON Lightcycle/Run.
A half-century of waiting may have been in vain, but Mickey Mouse’s Walt Disney World resort in Florida is now fully integrated with the 21st century.
Only in this way can you explain the new TRON: Lightcycle/Run ride at the legendary Magic Kingdom, a dazzling blue and white monument.
TRON: Legacy is an epic journey through the Grid that brings a genuine sci-fi thriller into the world of pirates, princesses, and castles.
At its core is an enormous roller coaster decked out in the same bright blue as the world of the computer-generated film it was meant to mimic.
It’s a novel concept, with ride vehicles modeled after the futuristic motorcycles raced by Jeff Bridges in the original 1982 film, which flopped commercially but became a cult classic and paved the way for the commercially and critically successful sequel TRON: Legacy (2010).
Like on the best Disney rides, riders are “digitized” before entering the Grid, where the deadly Team Orange is waiting on their signature high-speed lightcycles to do battle with anyone who dares enter. Prepare for some lightning-fast mayhem.
Riders are blasted into the Master Program as Team Blue and forced to compete against the villainous orange team.
It’s a race to the finish line that could end in death, and the outcome is uncertain until the very end.
The roller coaster reaches a top speed of 60 miles per hour (though the fast launch makes it feel more like 160 miles per hour), and then dives back into the main building to be greeted by a dazzling array of video screens, pulsating lights, and a rousing soundtrack.
Safety restraints on the legs and back keep riders in a lean-forward motorbike position for the duration of the ride.
On the other hand, a more conventional automobile is available for those with mobility issues or disabilities.
Joseph Trapanese, who worked with Daft Punk on the TRON: Legacy soundtrack, has been brought on board to create a fresh musical motif for the attraction. Throughout, a thumping beat is provided, making for a truly engrossing experience.
There is, of course, the obligatory Florida-style gift shop on the exit route, where you can pick up all sorts of fun movie-themed trinkets and souvenirs like customized action figures and glowing accoutrements.
The new roller coaster’s ride time, at less than two minutes, is the only thing that could be considered a criticism.
On the other hand, there is a lot to see on your fantastic whizz through the Grid, and it may take more than one ride.
Since Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebrations have been going on for quite some time, and will be wrapping up at the end of this month, the new ride is a fitting way to cap things off.
It’s the first completely new ride at the Magic Kingdom in nearly a decade, and it should keep visitors flocking to Tomorrowland.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be getting a tasty upgrade later this month, as the House of Mouse continues to add new elements to its other theme parks.
If our sneak peek this week is any indication, the Roundup Rodeo BBQ, which opens on Thursday of next week in Toy Story Land, will offer some seriously succulent barbecue fare.
There are four types of smoked meats and three equally delicious vegetarian options, so once word gets out, expect a sizable line at the barbecue.
The sides, including the Mac & Cheese and Buckin’ Baked Beans, are just as delicious as the main course.
The Cake Bake Shop, located at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort later this year, will offer a wide selection of delectable baked goods and other treats, as well as refreshing beverages.
At long last, this fall will see the debut of a slew of brand-new features at Disney World’s EPCOT park.
These include a brand new pyrotechnics show, an innovative character encounter with Mickey and the gang, and a walk-through attraction based on the movie Moana.
The price for a family of four to stay at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort for seven nights, including round-trip direct flights on June 15 on Virgin Atlantic and Disney 7-Day Magic Tickets, is from £1,307 per person (based on two adults and two children under the age of nine sharing a room).
Visit disneyholidays.co.uk or call 0800 169 0737 to make your reservation.