This will be a rather unusual report because we’re combining Iron Gwazi, TRON Lightcycle / Run and Jurassic World: VelociCoaster into one update! We visited the three parks/projects over the past three days and though we didn’t quite collect enough for three separate reports, we definitely have enough to share for an exciting Central Florida Coaster Construction report!
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With weekday crowds being pretty minimal and Busch Gardens Tampa generally open with a few hours of darkness, we decided to hit the park for some night rides on our favorites!
During the park’s Christmas Town event, you can get up close to the ride. Especially when there are performances of the ice skating show! (Not on this visit unfortunately).
I never quite realized how much steel reinforcement this coaster has received as the coloration blends in nicely, but if you look closely you may notice the majority of the outward banked hill seen here is supported by steel supports:
TRON LIGHTCYCLE / RUN
Next up is Walt Disney World’s new TRON Lightcycle / Run coming to Magic Kingdom! Word out there is still a 2022 delay, but we’ve seen crazier things and are cautiously optimistic we may see it open next Fall anyways.
Though we can’t quite look inside the show building of course, seeing the ride’s massive canopy growing steadily is still quite entertaining. It will make for a gorgeous backdrop for Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland!
Besides a cargo door on the ground level of the show building and the part launch tunnel, all of the main building has been enclosed. The grounds surrounding the site are again used to construct canopy pieces before lifting them into place.