Walt Disney World Railroad Refurbishment Extended into 2022

The Walt Disney World Railroad will be closed through at least early 2022 according to internal refurbishment calendars. The calendars work on a rolling 70-day schedule, so the Walt Disney World Railroad is currently listed as under refurbishment through early January 2022, but it will likely be closed much longer than that.

The railroad, which has been closed since early December 2018, passed the 1,000-day mark in late August, and Disney has not indicated when it might return.

To support land clearing near the TRON Lightcycle Run roller coaster, Disney removed a portion of the railroad tracks between the Fantasyland Station and Space Mountain. TRON would even lead to the shortening of the nearby Tomorrowland Speedway route as well.

Just a couple of weeks after the closure, Disney ripped up the railroad tracks seen above and started to expand the TRON Lightcycle Run construction site “into” Magic Kingdom. TRON Lightcycle Run will hit 1,300 days of construction next month.

In lieu of presenting the attraction, Disney created a static exhibit that would allow guests to get an up-close look at an engine and car.

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Following the reopening of the theme parks last summer, the static railroad display didn’t return to either the Main Street USA station (which would eventually receive an extensive refurbishment) or the Fantasyland station, likely due to COVID-19 safety protocols.

Disney would take advantage of the downtime by replacing the entire route that circles Magic Kingdom with synthetic railroad ties – preparing for the next 50 years of magic at Walt Disney World.

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In the first concept art released for TRON, Disney illustrated the railroad as passing beneath the TRON Lightcycle Run canopy.

While the train route remained in updated concept art, a tunnel has been added, perhaps to prevent steam from rising up to the elevated guest platform that services the main entrance and exit to the TRON Lightcycle Run attraction.

Work has begun on construction of the tunnel seen above, but more than 1,000 days later, we’re still waiting and in the dark on when the Walt Disney World Railroad will return.

As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news and photos from around the Disney Parks!

Mike
Mike is the owner and writer for BlogMickey.com. Visiting the parks daily allows him to keep up with the latest Disney news, reviews, and photos from around the Disney Parks. You can reach him at [email protected]

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