Two Cranes Arrive at Magic Kingdom for Next Phase of Tron Lightcycle Run Construction and Cinderella Castle Dreamlights Installation

If the prospect of new construction walls this morning at Epcot wasn’t exciting enough, we now have two new cranes at Magic Kingdom. Of course, while the cranes themselves aren’t that exciting, what they represent is.

We’ll start behind Cinderella Castle, and the arrival of the crane that installs the Cinderella Castle Dreamlights for the Christmas season. If you’re not familiar with the Cinderella Castle Dreamlights, they are probably the best part about Magic Kingdom during the holiday season. Every year, Cinderella Castle is wrapped in thousands of white Christmas lights that are turned on every night as part of the Frozen Holiday Wish show. The nightly lighting typically starts in early November and runs through the holiday season. Of course, if you thought that wrapping your Christmas tree was time consuming, you can only imagine how long it takes for Disney to wrap Cinderella Castle. Before we get to the photos of the crane, here’s a look at A Frozen Holiday Wish lighting from last year.

Ok, back to our photos from our visit to Magic Kingdom yesterday evening. While September 8th seems early for the crane to be in place, Disney has taken to only installing the lights in overnight hours the past few years, necessitating an early start. Here’s a look at what we saw last night.

The next crane of interest can be found over at the Tron construction site. Of course, you won’t have to wait until you can see the construction walls (or even enter Tomorrowland) to see the crane. Here are a few of our vantage points of the second tower crane installation and a look at the Tron Lightcycle Run construction.

From the PeopleMover, we can see work on the initial launch section of the coaster, as well as more work on the foundation for the exterior loop and canopy.

The fence you can see in the photo below is the construction fence near the Barnstormer queue, which is where we’ll head next.

While the second tower crane has reached its full height now, the arm will get longer.

From on top of The Contemporary, we can see track has been installed for the load/unload station. This will be a dual load where the track splits in two at the station and then joins back into the single roller coaster track for the ride. Check out our detailed tour and review of the attraction from Shanghai Disneyland for a better idea of the station logistics.

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