To attract visitors, Walt Disney World consistently introduces new elements to its parks. The upcoming debut of Tron: Lightcycle Run is set to be one of the largest and most exhilarating openings the resort has seen in years. Notable Disney enthusiast JoJo Siwa and a handful of lucky individuals, including our very own Mike Reyes, have already gone for a spin on the thrilling ride. Siwa even had the privilege of experiencing it alongside the President of Walt Disney World, Jeff Vahle, who many believe has the best job in the world.
This week, Walt Disney World hosted its exclusive #AllTheDisneyThrills event for media and VIPs. Notable celebrities, including JoJo Siwa and stars from the original Tron movie, graced the occasion with their presence. Among the highlights was JoJo’s Instagram post, showcasing her ride experience and gratitude towards her ride partner.
As Bob Chapek ascended to the position of CEO, he appointed Josh D’Amaro as Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products, leaving Jeff Vahle to take the reins as the President of Walt Disney World in 2020. Although some of Chapek’s appointees relinquished their positions shortly after his exit, the Parks continue to thrive under Vahle’s leadership.
Diehard Disney Parks enthusiasts are familiar with the names of the people who operate behind the curtains. Although not all are equally adored, they all receive recognition. Jeff Vahle and Josh D’Amaro, for instance, are often seen wandering through Disney World taking pictures with visitors, much like any other costumed character.
Step onto carriages that bear an uncanny resemblance to the classic lightcycles featured in the Tron movies with Tron: Lightcycle Run. Although these are single-rider vehicles, the roller coaster sets up two cycles next to one another and constructs a train from them to accommodate more guests. Expect a companion for your ride, as each person will have a partner to join them on their experience: a member of your own party or another guest chosen at random.
For the last few weeks, Tron: Lightcycle Run has been operating in preview mode before its grand opening slated for April. During this period, the ride has been accessible to not just Annual Pass holders but also to Walt Disney World Cast Members. This week, the media was welcomed to experience the ride.
Judging by their expressions, it’s clear that both of them had a fantastic time on the Tron: Lightcycle Run attraction. Despite a few concerns raised about accessibility, the overwhelming response to the ride has been overwhelmingly positive, with many hailing it as a thrilling and impressive new addition to both Disney World and Magic Kingdom.