Walt Disney World Files First Permits For 'Tron' Roller Coaster

Details about a new Tron film might be sparse, but fans of the films about people being trapped inside the world of video games will at least be able to experience the films through the new coaster that's coming to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. Inside the Magic reports that the coaster is moving forward, with Disney having recently filed permits for the attraction's construction.

The coaster, which is modeled after the Tron Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland, will take guests on a Lightcycle ride through the high-tech dystopia of the video game. The attraction was announced earlier this year at D23 and will be located in Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom with an expected opening in 2021.

TRON debuted in 1980 and quickly gained a passionate cult following, thanks to its ambitious special effects and embrace of video game culture. 30 years later, fans finally got to revisit the world created by the original film in Tron: Legacy.

Much like the original film, Legacy was a visual spectacle, but, unfortunately, failed to make an impact on audiences or critics. The expensive endeavor seemingly fell short of expectations, resulting in the possible abandonment of the franchise.

"I’m a little [excited]." Legacy star Garrett Hedlund revealed to That Hashtag Show about a possible sequel. "I know there’s been announcements or some [you know] people talking about certain things on it. I don’t know what the direction is. I’m sure it’s [you know] pretty far off."

Another promising detail about the potential of a third film is that Suicide Squad and Blade Runner 2049 star Jared Leto has been vocal about his love of the franchise.

"Jared and I had actually been talking about Tron since Tron: Legacy back in 2009," Joseph Kosinski, who directed Tron: Legacy, said last month. "We almost put him in that movie, actually in [the End of Line club scene]! So Jared’s a huge fan and we actually batted around ideas and I was talking to him about that role in Ascension, but we only got to the script stage on that. We never really moved beyond that and that’s sort of where it sits for now."

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Currently, it's anyone's guess as to whether a third film or the coaster's debut could happen first.

[H/T Inside the Magic]