TRON Lightcycle / Run doesn’t have a standby line. If you’re going to Disney World and you want to ride, you’ll need either a Virtual Queue Boarding Group or a paid Individual Lightning Lane Reservation. Below, we’ll walk you through the process no matter which option you choose. Last updated/republished Ocotber 11, 2023.
The Virtual Queue is active at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. every day. There is a third opening at 6 p.m. that’s limited to visitors who are eligible for Extended Evening Hours or attending a Magic Kingdom Halloween or Christmas party. Have you never used the Virtual Queue? Keep reading and we’ll tell you how! If you’ve never heard the term “Individual Lightning Lane Reservation”, you may want to start with How to Use Genie+ and Lightning Lane at Disney World and then read this article.
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Getting an Individual Lightning Lane reservation for Tron Lightcycle Run
Getting a Boarding Group for Tron Lightcycle Run
Using Disability Access Service (DAS) with a Tron Lightcycle Run Boarding Group,
At the Ride
Frequently Asked Questions
What You Need to Get Started:
Whether you’re looking for an ILL or a Boarding Group, you’ll need the following before you can begin.
- The My Disney Experience App
- Updated Family & Friends List on the My Disney Experience App—everyone you want to book for will need to be on it.
You and everyone who wants to ride with you will also need:
- Valid Park Admission
- Park reservation, if necessary
- If your admission media requires a park reservation, then you’ll need a Park Pass for Magic Kingdom on that day, or a Park Pass for a different park and a Park Hopper ticket or Annual Pass. (Note: for a Boarding Group you will almost certainly need a Park Pass; don’t rely on reservations still being available when Park Hopping begins at 2 p.m.)
- If your ticket does not require a reservation (such as the 4-Park Summer Magic ticket), then you’re good to go.
How to Get an Individual Lightning Lane Reservation for TRON
The good news is that making an Individual Lightning Lane (ILL) reservation for Lightcycle Run is exactly like booking any other ILL. If you’ve ever done it before, you already know how to do it. The screenshots below show a different attraction, but the workflow is the same.
Guests at eligible Disney Resort hotels can begin booking at 7 a.m. All other guests can make Individual Lightning Lane reservations for TRON when Magic Kingdom opens for the day. You do not need to be inside the park to make an ILL reservation. TRON ILLs are usually available until sometime after park opening; during peak times they may still sell out earlier.
Getting Genie Ready
You’ll want to set up Genie in advance of your eligibility time if you’re planning to get an Individual Lightning Lane for TRON. You can begin from either of two places: the MDE Home Screen, or through the Hamburger Menu.
In the next few screens you’ll select your park and the date, and indicate who you’ll be touring with.
Most of these screens are self-explanatory (and you can go back and change your choices later), but one that isn’t so obvious is the Top Picks screen. Make sure to select TRON Lightcycle Run. If your park pass isn’t for Magic Kingdom then you’ll need to set up park hopping in Genie to enable this, but it will put the listing for TRON right at the top when you’re using the Tip Board later. Those few seconds of scrolling you’ll save may count for a lot when trying to make your ILL.
You can set up Genie for days in the future, and if you are trying to get an ILL for TRON we recommend setting it up before you are eligible to reserve so that you’ll be all ready to go.
Booking Your ILL
On the day of your visit, just before you’re eligible, make sure that your Tip Board is showing Magic Kingdom. As soon as your booking window opens pull down hard on the top of the screen to refresh the Tip Board, then click the panel for TRON.
For an ILL reservation you can select the time, but if reservations have been booking up quickly you may not want to take too long browsing for the perfect slot. As usual, you can select to include all or only some of your group. If your park reservation is not for Magic Kingdom, you should only see times after 2 p.m. when booking an Individual Lightning Lane.
On the Review Details page, make sure to check the time of the reservation; it’s not uncommon for it to be different from what you selected. The time you see here will be held for several minutes so that you can complete the reservation, and will not change again. If the time is wildly inappropriate for you, you can go back and search for a different time — but if reservations have been booking up in only a few minutes, know that going back might cost you your chance to get one at all.
After clicking purchase you’ll see a confirmation screen. Clicking through will bring you back to Genie where you’ll see your reservation in the “My Day” section.
How to Get A Boarding Group for TRON
If you’ve used the Virtual Queue for other rides, you’ll find TRON is very similar. If you haven’t, here’s how to do it. If you’ve never heard of Virtual Queues, you may want to read some of Answering All Your Questions About Virtual Queues before getting started.
Boarding Group Rules
Rule #1: Boarding Groups are only available to book TWICE per day for riding during regular park hours.
- The first chance for booking is at 7:00 a.m., and you can book from anywhere.
- The second chance is at 1:00 p.m., but you must be inside of Magic Kingdom to be eligible. (This is according to Disney’s information: in practice we’ve found that you only have to have entered the park earlier in the day to be eligible).
Rule #2: You can only enter using a Boarding Group once per day during regular park hours. If you got a group at 7 a.m., and rode, you can’t get another at 1 p.m. (If your Boarding Group from the 7 a.m. drop expired before you returned to ride, you can try again to get a Boarding Group at 1 p.m.).
Note for park hoppers: It’s technically possible to get a Boarding Group during regular park hours if you don’t have a Park Pass for Magic Kingdom. Your challenge is that availability from the 1 p.m. drop has to last long enough for you to tap in at 2 p.m. when Park Hopping starts. This has happened occasionally on days with lower crowds, but don’t rely on it if riding TRON is very important to you.
Rule #3: If you are eligible for Magic Kingdom’s Extended Evening Hours, or you are attending a hard-ticket event that offers a TRON Virtual Queue, there is a third chance to book a boarding group. This group opens at 6 p.m. on these days, and you can book at 6 p.m. even if you’ve already scored a boarding group earlier in the day. For these 6 p.m. groups, everyone in your party who will ride needs to be eligible. For Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you’ll need to have a party ticket for that day linked to your My Disney Experience account. For EETPH, you’ll need to be staying at a qualifying Disney World Resort and be able to enter the park during the Extended Hours period.
Getting a Group
You can begin as early as one hour in advance of the drop that you’re trying to join. Even if the queue isn’t available yet, you’ll be able to confirm your party. This is your opportunity to fix any Friends & Family issues that are keeping people from appearing in your group. If you’re confident that you’ll see everyone you’re supposed to see in your party, then 4-5 minutes in advance is plenty and an hour is massive overkill.
From the My Disney Experience app, click the hamburger on the bottom right, then select Virtual Queues. On the next screen, select “Join Virtual Queue”. If you aren’t automatically directed to the queue for TRON Lightcycle Run, select it from the available options. Then “Confirm Your Party”.
After tapping the button, select the people that you want to ride with. Friends & Family should display automatically if they have admission and a park reservation. Ineligible Friends & Family will show in the section below.
One minute before time, begin repeatedly tapping the Refresh button and tap it as soon as it changes to “Join Virtual Queue”. Some people prefer to use a separate clock to time the shift to the correct minute and only press Refresh one time; I find that the refresh is pretty quick and I do better without my brain engaged. A little practice at home can tell you which method works effectively for you.
With luck, you will be rewarded with a screen that looks like the one on the left below. Unlike some other Virtual Queues, TRON doesn’t show your estimated callback time; only which groups are currently boarding. TRON Cast Members are enforcing the callback times (you have an hour after your group is called), so make sure you’re watching so that you’re prepared when your group is called.
There are varying opinions about whether it’s better to use the park WiFi or cell service, but one super-important tip is that you can have multiple people trying for a group at the same time. If you’re touring with 4 people, having all four try for a boarding group increases the probability that someone will get one so that everyone can ride.
Don’t forget!! Assuming you do get a boarding group, check the status periodically throughout the day. TRON Cast Members are being strict about callback times, so make sure you don’t miss your group. If you have an unavoidable conflict such as a dining reservation, bring your dining receipt with you to the ride.
Using DAS With A Boarding Group
If someone in your party is eligible to use the Disability Access System (DAS), you will still have to join the Virtual Queue and get a Boarding Group using the regular procedure. For other Virtual Queues, the return time has been treated like a DAS start time and you could return any time. For TRON, Cast Members have confirmed that you will need to return within the 1-hour window when your Boarding Group is called. However, you’ll enter through the Lightning Lane to ensure that your wait is minimized.
At the Ride
TRON Lightcycle / Run has a few things to know about once you arrive at the attraction and before you get on board.
The ride vehicles do have enough space for your cell phone, but unlike most Disney World rides, you can’t bring your backpack onto TRON. In the queue you’ll find lockers for storing your loose items before you board. Lockers can be opened using either a MagicBand or a ticket card (MagicMobile will not work), and are about a cubic foot. That’s big enough for a school backpack and perhaps a few other items.
The lockers are double-sided — think elevators with doors that open at the front or the back depending on your floor. When you exit the ride, you’ll access your locker from the other side to retrieve your stuff. Forgot your number in the excitement? No problem, touch your MagicBand to a terminal at the end of the locker row to retrieve it.
TRON has trains like all roller coasters, but most of the vehicles in the trains are bikes. The bikes require you to sit in a specific position and may not fit all guests. Test seats are available at the entrance to the attraction and can be used to check your fit before getting to the loading platform.
In the above picture, Len is trying out the test seat and you can see where the leg restraint lands. Fit on these vehicles is not about your clothing size – it’s about this restraint. Cast Members have told us that the people who most commonly don’t fit are either tall (less room to adjust leg position to find a good spot for the restraint) or have large calves, or both. If you think you’re going to have a problem, try the test seat. Even if you fit, if it’s close it will help you understand how you need to get positioned during loading for the ride.
If you don’t fit, or if you’re just uncomfortable with the position on the bikes, TRON offers a regular car-style coaster seat at the end of some trains. Tell the cast member you’ll need the accessible seat (they call it the Light Rover) and you should be all set.
If you’re looking for stroller or ECV parking, they are often nearby to each other – but not at TRON. Stroller parking is on the ramp leading up to the attraction. ECV parking is at the top of the ramp (so you don’t have to climb it after you get out of your ECV!) to the right of the restrooms.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you get a Boarding Group and an Individual Lightning Lane for TRON Lightcycle Run on the same day?
Yes, you can get a Boarding Group and an ILL on the same day. You can also get a Boarding Group during regular park hours and one during Extended Evening Hours (if eligible). If you combine a regular Boarding Group, an EEH Boarding Group, and an ILL, you can get three rides on TRON in one day.
Can you get a Boarding Group for TRON and Cosmic Rewind in the same day?
Possibly. See How to Get a Boarding Group for Tron and Cosmic Rewind in the Same Day for more details.
Can you practice getting a Boarding Group before your trip?
Yes, as long as you have admission that can be used to make a park reservation before your arrival. Make a Magic Kingdom reservation for, say, tomorrow, and practice joining the Virtual Queue. As long as you do not actually enter the park, it won’t use up your admission.
As a matter of courtesy, don’t choose a day when Magic Kingdom reservations are scarce, and leave the queue if you do get a spot. If park reservations are an issue during your visit, you’ll want to do this far enough in advance that you aren’t using your reservations for practice when you need to make them for the day you will actually be there.
I got a Boarding Group, but I need to add or remove someone.
See the Guest Services team at the blue umbrellas and explain your situation. They will usually be able to help out.
Does everyone need to be in the park at 1 p.m. to be eligible for the Virtual Queue?
According to Disney, you need to be in the park at 1 p.m. to be eligible and yes, everyone who wants to ride needs to be there. However, our test team has found in other Virtual Queues that you only need to have entered the park before you try to join. If you were in Magic Kingdom earlier and left for lunch, you shouldn’t need to get back by 1 p.m.
How long will TRON Lightcycle Run use a Virtual Queue?
We’re not psychic, and we can’t give a definitive answer. Rise of the Resistance used a Virtual Queue for over two years, but it was … an interesting two years. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure used a Virtual Queue for only a little over two months, and Web Slingers at Disneyland used its Virtual Queue for a little over five months. We guessed that Cosmic Rewind’s Virtual Queue would last for 4-6 weeks, and we were way wrong on that one – it’s still in place.
Do I need to buy Genie+ to make an ILL reservation?
What time can I begin making Individual Lightning Lane reservations for TRON Lightcycle Run?
Onsite guests of Disney hotels can begin making Individual Lightning Lane reservations at 7 a.m. At park opening, everyone will be able to make ILL reservations.
Can I get a Boarding Group for Extended Theme Park Evening Hours even if I got one earlier in the day?
Yes. Guests who get a Boarding Group for TRON during regular hours are still eligible to enter the Virtual Queue at 6 p.m. on days when Extended Evening Hours are offered. If you get an Individual Lightning Lane too, this could give you three rides on TRON in a single day!
Guests who are attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are also eligible to get a second boarding group for the party if they got one during regular hours. You’re only eligible to enter the Party Virtual Queue once.
Can you use Rider Switch with TRON Lightcycle Run?
Yes, you can. TRON’s minimum height will be 48″, and all Disney World rides that have a height restriction offer Rider Switch. You’ll be able to use it no matter whether you’re riding with the Virtual Queue or Individual Lightning Lane. For more details, see Rider Switch at Disney World: Guide and FAQ.
Can kids or teens purchase Individual Lightning Lanes?
Yes, minors who are old enough to have their own MDE accounts can buy ILLs, but they’ll need to enter a payment method at checkout instead of using stored payment information. More details: How Can Kids and Teens Pay for Things at Disney World?
Can you use MagicMobile to open the lockers at TRON?
This may change in the future, but when we tested it the answer was no. Only MagicBands, ticket cards, and Key to the World cards can be used to open TRON’s lockers.
How much can you fit in the lockers at TRON?
We found the lockers to be slightly over a cubic foot. That’s big enough for a school backpack and a few other items. There is a small compartment on the bike that can fit a cell phone and a pair of sunglasses.
What if you forget your locker number at TRON?
There are terminals at the end of the rows that can be used to get your locker number. Tap your MagicBand or ticket card and it will display on the screen.
What if I don’t fit on the test seat at TRON?
TRON has a regular-style coaster car at the end of each train. Tell the Cast Member in the loading area that you’ll need the accessible seat to be directed to the car instead of the bikes.
Is it easier to get a Boarding Group or an Individual Lightning Lane for TRON?
Boarding Groups are free and ILLs cost money. So far, that typically means that Boarding Groups for TRON fill up before ILL reservations run out. That said, if you’re not staying at a Disney Resort hotel you should definitely expect that it will be easier to get a Boarding Group during peak periods because the Individual Lightning Lane reservations may sell out before the park opens. Need help booking an onsite stay so you can have a shot at the ILL? Our friends at TouringPlans Travel can hook you up.
Are you excited to ride TRON Lightcycle Run? Which team are you on, Virtual Queue or ILL? What’s your bet on how long the Virtual Queue will be in place? Let us know in the comments!
Originally published January 27, 2023.