Posted on Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
Ever since the first test footage from Tron Legacy premiered at Comic-Con three years ago, Disney fans have been talking up the idea of the Mouse House introducing a new Tron ride at the Disneyland/Disney World theme parks. I’ve told you previously that Disney Imagineers were visiting the set just days before I stepped foot on the End of Line Club soundstage. Disney decided to skin the Monorails in Orlando, transforming them into light bikes, to promote the upcoming movie release. And we’ve heard rumors of a Flynn’s Arcade in Tomorrowland, a revamp of the old People Movers and even a new Tron Legacy ride. These are just rumors, we don’t know what is true or now.
Last month we got confirmation that Tron Legacy will have a presence in the Disneyland theme parks. And now we have a first look at some of the concept art for ElecTRONica.
Here is some concept art, click to enlarge:
ElecTRONica will be a nighttime dance party/experience every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this Fall at Hollywood Pictures Backlot in Disney California Adventure park beginning October 8th 2010. Here is more information from the DisneyParks Blog:
It’s an “electrifying” experience for the entire family, filled with music, lights and some of your favorite food and beverage, all set amidst the captivating world of “TRON: Legacy!” From a dazzling dance club under the stars to an authentic recreation of Flynn’s Arcade to some radical gaming, it’s like nowhere else on the grid! Each night, we’ll feature live entertainers, complete with lasers, glow accessories and the hottest music ever to rock the grid. ElecTRONica is “the” place to dance the night away in a fantastic world that only Disney can create. Highlights for the entire family will definitely be Flynn’s Video Arcade, face painting and the TRON: Evolution video game area. TRON fans and families can also enjoy the party seven days a week during Thanksgiving week and Christmas week.
As for a ride, we might be waiting a little longer for that announcement. When I talked with Disney’s President of Production/Tron Legacy producer Sean Bailey at Comic-Con this year, I asked him if there would be a Tron Legacy presence at Disneyland parks. He responded:
“We don’t know yet. Look, as a kid, I went to the park like you. Certainly, the idea that something you worked on is ultimately one day at the park, what a thrilling possibility. These rides take a lot of time, a lot of energy, and a lot of thinking to do them at the level our Imagineers so brilliantly do. So I think it’s kind of in the thinking about stage, but man, I would love it if it became a reality one day.”
So if there is a ride, it might not be announced until well after Tron Legacy is released later this year.