What Does Tomorrow Hold For Tomorrowland Speedway?

The all-new TRON Lightcycle Power Run will be a welcome addition to Tomorrowland in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Who can’t wait to take those new ride vehicles for a spin?

TRON Lightcycle Power Run

This new roller coaster will take up residence next to Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland. Due to the construction, the Walt Disney World Railroad and Tomorrowland Speedway will be shut down for some time. The track for Tomorrowland Speedway will ultimately be rerouted during this refurbishment period.

While rumors swirled around that the Tomorrowland Speedway would close completely, Disney announced that it would reopen as the same experience park-goers love. This announcement came as a disappointment to some, who were hoping the old ride would be updated in some ways.

The argument was that a few things could be adjusted without completely changing the attraction, like swapping out the current vehicles for a greener option. While we’re happy that families will get to visit this ride in its classic glory, we can’t help but think about the what-ifs. Some reimagining could make the Tomorrowland Speedway fit in with the location’s theming with a futuristic take.

Tomorrowland Speedway

Videogame Concept

Lots of fans have been hoping for a Wreck-It Ralph attraction since the release of the iconic film. Tomorrowland Speedway would be the perfect ride to revamp. Just imagine it as a competitive Sugar Rush race! Candy cars would be so sweet! A videogame feel could be the perfect way to bring this classic ride into the future. With the upcoming sequel for Wreck-It Ralph coming later this year, this could be an opportunity to capitalize on the videogame-lover following.

TRON Lightcycle Vehicles

Futuristic Tie-In

Another way the Tomorrowland Speedway could get a revamp would be to tie in to the TRON setting. Nighttime lighting could be easily added to create the feel of ENCOM’s mainframe system. With a new paintjob on the existing cars (or updated styles completely), you’d have everything you need to create this sci-fi theming for Tomorrowland Speedway.

Check Back for Updates

The refurbishment period for Tomorrowland Speedway is currently scheduled for January 2 through May 17 of 2019. For now, we’ll just have to wait and dream of possible changes that could keep the classic experience (as Disney has reported).

In the meantime, you can read about the TRON ride as it is now in Shanghai Disneyland.

Are you excited for the new TRON Lightcycle Power Run? Let us know in the comments.


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Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for AllEars.net since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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10 Replies to “What Does Tomorrow Hold For Tomorrowland Speedway?”

  1. Sorry Guys. I may be in the minority, but I have to disagree with you. I find I would not like the last scene in Carousel updated. I was upset when they added all the 90’s stuff to it the last update. For me, the nostalgia of what people in the 50’s thought/hoped the future would become is priceless. And we aren’t far off, “Alexa, turn on the oven to 400 degrees” I also like the original attractions in Tomorrowland because just like Small World, it feels like it’s still a connection of Walt’s Dream. I can appreciate the improvements and additions around the World, but as a die hard fan of the man himself I can’t help weeping a little every time we lose a piece of things he had a personal involvement with. As Walt said when he introduced Disney World, “here, we have the luxury of space”. Add all you want,please keep as much of the original as you can.

    1. Christine, I and countless others agree with those thoughts. But, as I have said before, todays imagineers couldn’t give a rats rear end about what Walt would approve. They are so far removed from the vision and philosophy of Walt Disney they can’t even see it in their rear view mirrors. Tradition and history mean nothing to this bunch. And to tell you the truth, far too many of today’s Disney lovers feel the same way too. Time has come to accept it, Disney as it was founded is gone forever.

  2. Get Tesla to fund a refurbishment with Tesla-branded electric cars powered by induction from under the roadway and leveraging self-driving technology to avert today’s frequent collisions.

  3. Disney could and should convert the cars to electric ones.

    They would offset the cost by selling the current cars to Disney collectors, much like old arenas sell off chairs to fans for ridiculous prices.

  4. I hope the Tron ride is the start of an overdue refurbishment of Tomorrowland. Stitch needs to finally go, the last scene in Carousel of Progress needs updating, the People Mover is in serious need of an overhaul since they only seem to running at half capacity (it used to be walk up and get on but now there’s always a wait and they seem to periodically halt people from getting on), and the Speedway is a relic. A Tron theme would be cool, and maybe they could have the track go through the new Light Cycle ride so they sort of interact with each other.

  5. Excited for Tron. Rarely, if ever, ride Tomorrowland Speedway. Long wait for a very hard to drive car where my already tired legs are more tired. I so wish they would update this attraction or remove and make way for something new. Love the Wreck-it Ralph idea.

  6. It was a bad ride 20 years ago and with no appreciable improvements it’s now an old, bad, run down ride.
    You have to wonder why Disney holds on so staunchly to attractions with such limited appeal like this one and Stitch’s Great Escape while scrapping those like Body Wars and The Great Movie Ride.

    1. My guess would be that the speedway is a relatively cheap ride to operate and maintain, whereas body wars and the great movie rode were costing Disney a bit too much of their precious pixie dust.

  7. I wish they would make this ride a CARs theme! It’s a ride in “Tomorrowland” but the cars are so old it feels like YESTERDAY!

  8. Of all of the wonderful classic rides Disney has unceremoniously tossed in the dumpster, Tomorrowland Speedway is the one the imagineers want to keep on life support forever. I think all of the gas fumes have finally taken their toll.