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New TRON Roller Coaster To Open At Shanghai Disneyland China, In 2016?

By TronFAQ on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 3:31 PM
A new TRON-themed roller coaster ride is apparently coming to Shanghai Disneyland in China. The entire park is still under construction, and won't open until some time in 2016.

Concept art of TRON roller coaster ride at Shanghai Disneyland

With the ride being in China . . . there goes any chance of most TRON fans actually being able to visit and check it out. Still very cool news, though.

I wouldn't read too much into the announcement, in terms of this being a sign that Disney must still have big plans for TRON. The design, and construction start date, for this ride had to have been set in motion and committed to years ago. Before Disney started getting cold feet again about a TRON 3 film.

It's not that I doubt Disney will revisit TRON again in the future. Just not in the near-term. In a previous article: I discuss what happened to TRON 3 (aka TRON Ascension), why production was halted, and whether or not there's a chance the film could still be made.

Thanks TheSharkFromJaws on Reddit for the tip, and insidethemagic.net as the original source of this news.

July 15th, 2015 UPDATE: The site insidethemagic.net has another update about the TRON ride coming to Shanghai Disneyland in China. Including a couple of concept videos showing what the completed attraction will look like.

Videos showing TRON attraction in Shanghai Disneyland


The videos reveal that not only will there be a TRON Light Cycle roller coaster (called the TRON Light Cycle Power Run), but also an entire TRON-themed attraction that includes another Flying Scooter or Hurricane type ride with what looks like miniature Light Jets, and an Amphitheater concert/dance arena (ElecTRONica returns?). (Note that the second video has no sound until the 34 second mark.)

Whether a TRON-themed attraction like this (though likely smaller in scale) will be coming to the other Disneyland parks, any time soon, is anyone's guess.
 
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