Last summer, Disney announced some amazing projects that will be completed in time for Magic Kingdom’s 50th Anniversary in 2021. One announcement was that a Tron themed coaster would be coming to Magic Kingdom. Now, a year later, Disney has announced that two nearby attractions will see temporary closures while construction moves ahead. Catch all the details below.
Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Jennifer Fickley-Baker:
Last summer we unveiled plans for a thrilling Tron coaster-style attraction to be added in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park. Today, we wanted to share a first look at a new Tron-themed billboard at Magic Kingdom Park that’s now visible from Storybook Circus.
The new attraction will occupy an entirely new area next to the land’s Space Mountain, and now, as we prepare to welcome Tron into the park, a few modifications will be made to nearby attractions as construction kicks into gear.
First, the Walt Disney World Railroad will temporarily take up residence at the Main Street Station starting in December 2018, pausing its grand-circle tours of Magic Kingdom Park. During this time, guests will be able to get an up-close look at the railroad and take advantage of one-of-a-kind photo opportunities.
The Tomorrowland Speedway will close for a portion of 2019, as the attraction’s track is adjusted. It will reopen as the same attraction our guests know and love in the summer of 2019.
Magic Kingdom’s Tron attraction, which is set to debut in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021, is based on TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland (pictured above). This coaster-style attraction allows riders to board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles for a thrilling race through the digital frontier. TRON Lightcycle Power Run debuted on Shanghai Disneyland’s opening day and quickly became the highest-rated attraction at the park.
RELATED ARTICLE: How to Deal With…Construction, Refurbishments and Closings-Oh, My! on Your Disney World Vacation
by Christy Caby
You may have heard that there is a ton of construction and closures going on around Walt Disney World. That is somewhat true. There are tons of amazing new things coming and that means that other attractions may have to be closed in order to make room for the great things to come. All of the attractions also periodically have maintenance and go down for refurbishments and enhancements so that guests get the most enjoyment out of them each and every time. It can get frustrating and seem like there is too much going on but don’t fret. You can still have an amazing vacation and still have so many things to do while on property. Here are tips for how to deal with all of the construction, refurbishments, and closings:
6 – Review the closing/refurbishment schedule before you go.
If you do a couple google searches, you can easily find various closing and refurbishment schedules for Walt Disney World. You should definitely take time to review these so that you can plan your trip accordingly. If certain attractions are the most important to you, you may need to adjust your dates so that you don’t miss them, or minimally have your expectation set so that you or other members of the family aren’t disappointed when you learn of the closures. It is also a good tool to use to plan out you FastPass+ selections in advance so there are no surprises when you actually go to make the FastPass+ selections online.
5 – Consider all activities and entertainment, not just the rides.
There is so much to do at each of the parks. Many guests are so focused on the rides that they forget about the shows and character interactions. Be sure to review the Times Guide when you get to the park and look for the other events that occur in each park. There are characters that come out throughout the day at various spots that you may not even realize. There is also other street entertainment and personalities that come out regularly to perform, including singing and dancing, with the crowd. The Times Guide will be your resource to make sure you don’t miss any of the magic and that you have tons of entertainment all day long, even if there are attractions that are closed.
4 – Visit water parks, golf and more.
Don’t get stuck on just the 4 major theme parks. There are also 2 water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. There are 2 different miniature golf courses, ESPN Wide World of Sports and Disney Springs. Between all of these locations, you have so much more to do than just what is going on in the parks. There could definitely be construction occurring at some of these places when you visit, but it feels less impactful than complete rides being shut down. It is also a great way to get to experience a different aspect of Disney World while still enjoying a lot of magic and fun with your family. We try to always plan a water park day during the week so that we can just focus on fun in the water and relaxation. It is great to get that break and mix up the type of fun we have during our stay.
3 – Plan a resort day.
I know you may think that you need to spend every single day of your vacation in the parks in order to get the most out of your vacation. It is always a great idea to plan a day to just enjoy the resort, especially if you are staying at a Disney Resort. The parks can be grueling and a ton of walking. Having a lower key day to recuperate and see the sights is also a great way to get away from the construction for a bit and not worry about it. You can even go and visit other resorts, too. Take a self-guided tour all over property and visit other resorts to experience all of the different themes, snacks, and entertainment that you can find at each resort. (Just remember that you can’t pool hop. You are restricted to the pool at your own resort due to the popularity of Disney pools.)
2 – Enjoy recreation activities.
Need a break from construction and some of the cranes that you may see from time to time? Take a break to enjoy some of the other recreation activities. You can go horseback riding, go on a wagon ride, rent a boat to take out on the water, go fishing, go golfing, rent bikes or surrey bikes to ride around your resort and so much more. Disney does an amazing job of making Walt Disney World Resort a place that has something for everyone and tons of entertainment and activities that allow you to do just about anything that you can think of. Do you want to go on a balloon ride? You can! Do you want to parasail over Bay Lake? You can do that, too! There is too much to do, so don’t let yourself get down about the construction or closures!
1 – Be positive and patient.
Hey, don’t forget… you’re on vacation. I know that sometimes certain aspects can seem frustrating or disappointing, but try to stay positive and patient. It isn’t worth letting closures or these disappointments negatively impact your vacation. You are there to spend an amazing time with your family and the people you love, and you can still definitely do that and make a ton of amazing memories. You’ll have a much better vacation if you don’t sweat the small stuff and you focus on being in the moment during your stay!
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