TRON Lightcyle Review- Accessibility Guide-What To Expect
TRON Lightcyle Power/Run is almost ready for you to enter the grid! The excitement continues to build for TRON Lightcycle but when it comes to actually experiencing the attraction, just how accessible is TRON Lightcycle Power/Run? TRON Lightcycle Run, a thrilling new ride at Magic Kingdom, is set to open on April 4, 2023. One major discussion point surrounding this unique roller coaster is the Lightcycle motorcycle-style vehicles, which are unlike anything you’ve seen at Walt Disney World.
We were lucky enough to enter the grid and experience TRON Lightcycle Power Run at the Magic Kingdom last week and can give you a sneak peek of what to expect.
As you embark on your TRON Lightcycle Power Run adventure, you’ll join Team Blue in racing against Team Orange through the Grid, a computerized universe from the movie. Along the way, you’ll zoom through eight Energy Gates in an environment designed to feel limitless.
The ride vehicles for TRON Lightcycle Run have a unique restraint system that may restrict guests of certain body shapes or sizes from riding. A back restraint will push down on riders of TRON Lightcycle Run, and a calf restraint will swing into place to secure the legs. Restraint locking ability will depend on the size of the rider’s calves and the length of their legs.
Fortunately, a test ride vehicle is available outside the ride so you can check if the restraints work for you. If they don’t, there’s also a bench seat with a traditional lap restraint available to accommodate more guests. However, only two TRON trains currently have these benches, so it may require a longer wait time. Before getting in the queue of TRON Lightcycle Run, guests using an ECV will have to transfer to a wheelchair. When boarding the ride, they will then need to transfer from the wheelchair into the ride vehicle, and those who may have trouble transferring to the ride vehicle may find it’s easier to use the bench seat instead.
The seating on the lightcycles is similar to sitting on a motorcycle, and guests with back issues may find it uncomfortable as they will be hunched over while riding. If you suffer from carpal tunnel or arthritis in your hands, it may be difficult to grip the handles. If you have mobility issues or leg or knee issues, it is recommended to try out the cycles before riding and board from the side of your stronger leg. The accessible vehicle allows you to sit upright with a different restraint system that doesn’t jolt your head or neck around.
If you’re unsure whether you’ll fit comfortably on the ride, there are lightcycles available for you to try in front of the attraction. Some guests who are larger in size including those that are tall, may not fit comfortably on the ride. For guests who need it, video captioning and handheld captioning are both available.
Expectant mothers are encouraged not to ride, and guests with high blood pressure or heart, back or neck problems are cautioned that the ride may aggravate these conditions.
TRON Lightcycle Run is a fast-moving rollercoaster ride with sharp turns and sudden drops, often in a dark environment. If you experience motion sickness on similar thrill rides, the same may happen here, and Disney does include a motion sickness warning for TRON both online and on a board right outside the queue.
I sadly do suffer from both motion sickness and Vertigo but luckily the 90-second length of the ride was plenty long enough for me to enjoy the attraction as any longer and it might have been a totally different story.
TRON Lightcycle Run is a highly anticipated ride at Magic Kingdom. While it offers an exhilarating experience, it’s important to keep in mind the unique features of the ride that may affect its accessibility, such as the unique restraint system, seating options, and physical limitations that may arise due to the ride’s motion and speed. By keeping these factors in mind, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable ride on TRON Lightcycle Run.