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Exploring the Smoothness and Accessibility of TRON Lightcycle / Run

by | Mar 14, 2023 | Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog

How does TRON Lightcycle / Run stack up when it comes to a smooth ride and accessibility for Guests? Here are our thoughts after riding the attraction for the very first time.

TRON Lightcycle / Run is receiving a lot of much-deserved attention ahead of its official April 4th opening! From having to store your items in lockers for the first time to a brand-new virtual queue time slot rollout, everything about this innovative and thrilling attraction is new. And that includes its ride vehicles and accessibility! There’s been a lot of buzz online around just how accessible this new high-speed coaster will be for Guests who may have different accessibility needs. We were lucky enough to check out a preview of the ride before it officially opens to the public – and if you’re wondering just how smooth it is, if it really is family-friendly, and if you’ll be comfortable in this new-style of ride vehicle, we’re diving into it all.

It’s time to enter The Grid and decide if TRON Lightcycle / Run is right for you!

TRON Lightcycle / Run Introduces a New Era of Attraction Vehicles

TRON Lightcycle / Run ride vehicle accessibility

A look at the angle and positioning you’ll be in on a Lightcycle. Photo by Maria Salerno

The attraction vehicles used for TRON Lightcycle / Run are unique. Riders board the attraction by straddling a ‘Lightcycle’ and are secured via locking back and leg restraints. Think Avatar Flight of Passage, but with a little more control as riders are allowed to engage the restraints themselves. Quite a departure from the traditional lap bar!

It’s easy to swing your leg over the seat and lock in the back restraints, and none of my immediate party (which spanned ages 27 to 65), had any issues getting on. However, several members of my party noted that they had to sit in a very specific way to be comfortable on the small seat. 

Are the TRON Lightcycle / Run ride vehicles comfortable for those with back issues or concerns? One member of my party has long-lasting lower back issues. After much deliberation, he decided to give TRON a try, and once off the attraction he stated that the ride did not bother his condition whatsoeverIf you have upper back or neck issues, though, keep in mind that since your riding position requires you to almost lay flat, you will have to lift and turn your neck in order to see. 

Note: Always follow Disney’s rider safety guidelines when deciding to ride! You’ll find these posted at the attraction entrance. 

Smoothness and Motion Sickness

Worried the newest attraction at Magic Kingdom Park may be too rough to ride? You can forget about bumpy coasters, because this is a ride that’ll wow you with its smoothness! TRON Lightcycle/Run is a launch-style family roller coaster. Its state-of-the-art technology, combined with its newness, leads to the perfect recipe – and one of the smoothest coasters I’ve ever ridden. 

The launch is fast…admittedly much faster than I anticipated! However, not once during the initial launch, or later during the interior twists and turns, was the attraction bumpy, rickety, or headache-inducing whatsoever. 

Additionally, since TRON stays on a linear path for the duration and never swivels (looking at you, Cosmic Rewind), you can feel confident that unexpected motion sickness likely won’t surprise you during – or after – riding. This attraction should be safe for those worried about motion sickness!

Intensity and Accessibility While Riding TRON Lightcycle / Run

TRON Lightcycle in action

Photo by Maria Salerno

TRON Lightcycle / Run features one of the most exhilarating launches of any coaster in Central Florida. The moment your Lightcycle starts to accelerate, the speed doesn’t cease to build until you explode out of the building and find yourself launching into high speeds underneath the attraction’s massive outdoor canopy. Once back inside, the story portion of the ride takes you through several tight twists and dips in semi-darkness

I spoke to over a dozen friends and family members who have been lucky enough to preview TRON, ranging from 8 to 65 years old…and each one has only had positive reviews! Not even the 8-year-old deemed it too intense or too fast! Regardless of age, this smooth-moving coaster balances high speed with a smooth, comfortable ride that shouldn’t be too intense for even the most concerned riders. 

So, who should ride TRON Lightcycle / Run? That’s all up to you! If you’re someone who enjoys Slinky Dog Dash and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, TRON is just as smooth, but with a bit more speed. If something like Rock N’ Roller Coaster is too intense for your taste, you may still want to give it a try – I’m in the same boat and enjoy TRON immensely! 

Whatever you decide, TRON Lightcycle / Run is a family-friendly, exhilarating addition to Tomorrowland, with just the right amount of smoothness and accessibility for all Guests. I can’t wait to experience it again when it opens on April 4th, 2023!

For more of our coverage on this brand-new attraction, keep reading below:

What to Know Before You Ride TRON Lightcycle / Run

First Look at TRON Lightcycle / Run Team Green Post-Show in Disney World

Written by Maria Salerno

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Maria is a proud WDW Magazine columnist and blog contributor. After holding a WDW Annual Pass in the Northeast USA for 4 years, she recently moved just 5 minutes from Walt Disney World to be as close as possible to her favorite place on earth! Maria is a Certified Disney Travel Agent and private music instructor. Next time you visit WDW, keep your ears open, you just might catch Maria singing and playing guitar at Epcot or Disney Springs!
Maria Salerno

Written by Maria Salerno

Maria is a proud WDW Magazine columnist and blog contributor. After holding a WDW Annual Pass in the Northeast USA for 4 years, she recently moved just 5 minutes from Walt Disney World to be as close as possible to her favorite place on earth! Maria is a Certified Disney Travel Agent and private music instructor. Next time you visit WDW, keep your ears open, you just might catch Maria singing and playing guitar at Epcot or Disney Springs!