My Spoiler-Free Review of TRON Lightcycle / Run



TRON Lightcycle / Run entrance 

TRON Lightcycle / Run is the newest roller coaster at Walt Disney World. It opens to the public on April 4. My daughter and I rode on March 9 as part of the Annual Passholder Previews. She had ridden it before when invited by a Cast Member, it was my first time. Here’s my spoiler-free review, although there isn’t really much to spoil. This isn’t like Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, where the story is an integral part of the ride.

Part of the outdoor queue 

I’ll start right off by saying that I loved TRON Lightcycle / Run. It is easily my new favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom, and one of the best at Walt Disney World. It’s intense, but mostly because it’s fast. There are no large drops, no lose-your-stomach moments. The launch is incredible. Thrill ride fans will like the speed, but people like me who aren’t fans of large coasters can still enjoy TRON. It’s a great mix.

The warnings 

You don’t have to know the two TRON movies to enjoy the ride. I’ve only seen the first one. The story is secondary with TRON Lightcycle / Run. You’ll hear phrases like “enter the grid” but you won’t be lost if you have no idea what that means. Just imagine that you’re becoming part of a video game. That said, knowing the movies will enhance your experience, so if you have time and Disney+ go for it. My friends who are avid TRON fans have been waiting for this ride for years.

The indoor queue is very blue 

The queue is pretty cool. It’s very blue. Part of the queue is outdoors but covered. Along one wall indoors there are nods to the Teams playing the game and other references to the films. Since we were there during a preview we walked through the queue pretty quickly. Once TRON Lightcycle / Run opens to the general public I’m sure I’ll see more of the details.


There are lockers for you to store your gear. You can keep your cell phone and glasses with you, there’s a small compartment on the ride vehicle to hold them. Anything else will go into the locker. The lockers large and you don’t have to pay for them. You’ll open it with your MagicBand or ticket. Remember the locker number so that you can easily find your things again. If you don’t put your phone in the locker take a picture of the number.

The ride vehicles 

The ride vehicles are strange. The closest thing to them at Walt Disney World is found at Avatar Flight of Passage. You sit motorcycle-style, leaning forward. The restraints aren’t as tight as on Flight of Passage. It isn’t the most comfortable position, but I think that it also makes the ride feel more intense.

Loading procedure (it does make sense)

The loading procedure is a little bit confusing. While you’ll ride side to side, two to a row, the person on the far side will need to walk around the back of the vehicle. There are diagrams to show where to go. Just watch the people in front of you and you’ll know what to do.

Test seats before the queue 

If you aren’t comfortable with the main seats or if you’re on the larger size, there are two traditional seats at the back. I’m not sure if they’ve been added to all the vehicles or not, I was told unofficially that that’s the plan. Once TRON opens the back seats will have a longer line. The regular seats are part of the overall experience, so if you can ride in one, you’ll want to. There are test seats available so you can decide which will work better for you.

More from the indoor queue 

I don’t have an issue with motion sickness, so I can’t say much about it from a personal standpoint. I know a lot of people who have had problems on Cosmic Rewind but have ridden TRON with no difficulties. You can see a good portion of the ride before you board, that might help you to decide whether or not motion sickness could be a problem.

This is where you’ll store your phone and sunglasses 

The main complaint that I’ve heard about TRON Lightcycle / Run is that it’s a short ride. It is short. I’m not sure of the exact length but I’m pretty sure that it doesn’t last a full minute. Every single second, though, is a thrill. Ride with the expectation that it will be over in a flash and it might feel longer.

The lights were just coming on 

TRON Lightcycle / Run is a ride that you’ll want to see after dark. When we left it was near sunset and the canopy lights were coming on. We couldn’t stay, I can’t wait to see the full effect.

I can’t wait to ride again! 

Overall, TRON Lightcycle / Run is a blast. I still prefer Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, but it’s close. TRON will undoubtedly become the most popular ride at the Magic Kingdom once it opens. Walt Disney World has already announced that a Virtual Queue will be used and that it will be available for Individual Lightning Lane purchase. Those spots will go fast, just like TRON Lightcycle / Run.