TRON Lightcycle / Run is Worth the Virtual Queue Stress

TRON Lightcycle / Run is Worth the Virtual Queue Stress

6:55 AM
Wake up.

6:56 AM
Try to get my eyes to focus on the blazingly bright iPhone screen in a dark hotel room.

6:59:50 AM
Start my internal metronome so I can slam the button in exactly 10 seconds.

7:00:03 AM
Yay. I got a boarding group. Now I can go back to sleep.

7:09 AM
Nope. Can’t sleep.

I know why Disney uses Virtual Queues, but I still don’t like them. Not everyone wants to start their Disney day quite so early. We’re park closers, not rope droppers. At least the process is better than what it used to be.

If your boarding group time overlaps with your dining reservation, don’t stress too much. Cast Members should be accommodating, especially when you can show them your reservation on your phone.

I won’t be waking up early for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind anymore, but I’ll try for a TRON Lightcycle / Run boarding group every chance I get. It’s just that good. Short, but excellent.

TRON’s unique ride vehicles (the Lightcycles) are why I love this coaster so much. Like Cosmic Rewind, it begins with a great launch on a very smooth track. But that’s where the similarities end. Riding a Lightcycle in an almost-prone position cranks up the intensity of this ride. It’s never jarring and doesn’t go inverted. My thrill-ride-averse wife even enjoys it.

Unfortunately, the unique Lightcycle design can pose problems for some riders. Larger people (or people with large calves) can have fit issues. In terms of leg placement, TRON’s ride vehicles are similar to those found on Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom. Hopefully, if you fit Flight, you’ll fit TRON. But that’s not always the case. Luckily, there is another option. Some TRON trains are equipped with an accessible seat.

A test vehicle is available in the queue area. Oddly, the fitting has to happen in front of everyone in line. I know the sample Lightcycles double as a photo opp, but there needs to be a more discreet way for people to test.

TRON Lightcycle / Run test vehicle
TRON Lightcycle / Run coaster running on the track
TRON coaster with a more traditional seat option at the rear of the train

Even with the Virtual Queue, you will probably wait in a decent line, part of it outside. You’ll feel like you’re baking on sunny days. Thankfully that’s the shortest part of the queue.

TRON Lightcycle / Run outdoor queue
TRON Lightcycle / Run outdoor queue
TRON Lightcycle / Run indoor queue
TRON Lightcycle / Run indoor queue
TRON Lightcycle / Run interior
TRON Lightcycle / Run ride vehicles
TRON Lightcycle / Run ride vehicles

Before boarding, you’ll have to stow your loose items and bags in a double-sided locker. You can access the locker with your MagicBand or park ticket. Your phone can remain with you. Just be sure to remember the locker number (I told Siri to remember it for me). You’ll retrieve your belongings on the opposite side of the locker after exiting the ride.

TRON is a pretty short attraction. While you’re in your vehicle for about two minutes, the ride itself only takes about a minute. The launch is the best part, accelerating to 59 mph in seconds. That launch takes you outside on a 180-degree wide turn before finishing indoors. The lighting is spectacular. And Joseph Trapanese’s musical score sets the perfect tone for the ride. The ride photo and video are pretty great, too!

TRON Lightcycle / Run ride photo

TRON may not be the ideal attraction for everyone, but it is for me (well, once they get rid of the Virtual Queue, that is).