A Big TRON Update and More Construction Progress in Disney World

Snacks, rides, and characters all come and go in the Disney parks, but one thing seems to be constant: construction walls.

Construction walls in EPCOT

Disney is consistently changing and updating things around the resort, which means we see a lot of construction when we visit. It can be super exciting to watch, because that means that something new is on the way. Take a look here at 5 big construction updates from Disney World this week!

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TRON: Lightcycle Run

In Tomorrowland, some nighttime lighting was added to the TRON: Lightcycle Run roller coaster, which is still under construction. We could see the coaster from California Grill (located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort). The ride was lit up in multiple colors, which changed as we watched!

TRON nighttime lighting

Disney’s lighting team programmed “more than 1,200 light fixtures across the canopy’s surface,” and they’re now testing the system. The coaster runs underneath the canopy, so these lights will be above guests who are riding. We still don’t know when this ride will open, but we’re hoping that Disney announces that soon!

Click here to learn more about TRON: Lightcycle Run.


Journey of Water — Inspired by Moana

Construction is also coming along at the upcoming Journey of Water — Inspired by Moana attraction in EPCOT. We saw more rock formations taking shape, which will be a key part of the walk-through attraction once it opens.

Construction in EPCOT

Disney has said that guests will get to interact with “living water” at Journey of Water. Based on the concept art we’ve seen so far, it seems like that means various fountains throughout the area. We also don’t know yet when this attraction will open.

World Showcase Updates

A couple of smaller construction projects wrapped up this week in EPCOT’s World Showcase.

Germany pavilion | June 15, 2022

Cast Members were refurbishing the ground in the Germany and Japan pavilions, and it looks like they’ve finished the updates.

Find out how EPCOT’s new ride is CHANGING this year.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Last week, we reported that the Spirit of Aloha dinner show building was demolished at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Now, construction is continuing in that area to make way for the upcoming DVC building.

Cleaning up

We saw construction crews cleaning up the demolished building to pave the way for the newer one. When the DVC building opens sometime in late 2024, it will house some new shopping and dining locations as well as DVC villas.

Learn about a temporary closure coming soon to this hotel.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

And at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, construction has moved from the Big Pine Key building (which is now updated with new DVC Resort Studios) to the Boca Chica building.

Grand Floridian

The construction area at this building has been blocked off by fencing, and crews are hard at work inside.

Take a virtual tour of the new Resort Studios here!

That’s it for our update this week on the biggest construction projects around Disney World. Disney has a lot of exciting projects in the works right now! We’re still waiting for completion dates for several of those projects, including the TRON coaster, Journey of Water, and the Roundup Rodeo BBQ restaurant.

We’ll be watching for more updates on all of Disney’s projects, so stay tuned to AllEars for the latest Disney news.

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  1. Disney announced an opening date for Tiana’s splash mountain overlay, but they still do not want to give a season or year for TRON. Epcot (the entire park) was finished faster than TRON. What’s up with that?