The TRON Lightcycle Run coaster at the Magic Kingdom may not open for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary. A new report suggests construction on the new Magic Kingdom attraction has been delayed, likely postponing the original plan to have it open for the 50th anniversary in October 2021.
This latest rumor has popped up in several locations, with user Seanual757 discussing it over on WDWMagic.
“Tron WILL NOT open fall of 2021. The exterior will be completed to clean up the area (still tons of work to be done). December will end the construction on this project and it will be suspended until October 2021. The outdoor canopies will continue to go up during the winter and into 2021. Depending on how the economy and attendance goes construction will pick back up fall of 2021. Plan on Spring/Summer 2022 for an opening.”
As always, take a rumor like this with a grain of salt. However, we have heard similar rumblings that the coaster was going to face a delay even as work progressed on its exterior canopy. The belief is Disney wants to protect the building from the elements and then postpone the remainder of the work until a later date.
A similar approach may also be used for the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind coaster that’s going in at Epcot. Originally expected to open in 2021, the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster could also fall back to 2022.
These latest rumored delays come after Disney announced they would lay off 28,000 cast members. Disney appears intent to button up their projects, lay off the crews working on them and then revisit construction once their finances have stabilized.