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A display of the Tron Light Cycle Power Run attraction at Disney's D23 Expo 2019.
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Revisiting the TRON Presence at Disney’s D23 Expo 2019

If I could put “con-goer” down on my resume, I would because I go to cons more often than professional development events.

This past summer, I finally scratched Disney’s D23 Expo off my con-themed bucket list. For years, I wanted to attend the Disney-fied event and immerse myself in all things Disney. 

While I had a good time with my mom, it struck me how Tron was underutilized not only at the theme park next door but also on the Exhibit Floor. It’s a franchise that deserves more attention, especially as our own digital world continues to grow. That said, there were some unexpected surprises as my mom and I toured the floor.

When the opportunity presented itself, we made our way into the Heroes and Villains costume exhibit. I nearly geeked out when I saw the costumes of Kevin Flynn and a Black Guard.

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Left: “We definitely wanted to create a synthetic world, so we used nothing organic. Even for Jeff Bridges’ character, who was meant to be Zen-like, we wanted his clothing to have an organic, rough linen look. But it’s still polyester.” —Costume Designer Christine Bieselin Clark

Right: “The (light) suit is all made of a hexagon mesh which we also printed and made the fabric from 3D files. This would go onto the hard form; it would go inside the mould which was silicon matrix. We would put those together and then inject foam into the negative space. The wiring harness is embedded into the mould and you get a torso. We then paint it and that’s your finished suit.” —Costume Designer Christine Bieselin Clark

Not only that, but there was framed concept art from the original Tron film. I’ve only seen the art online, so it was incredible to see it in person.

From there, the only other Tron presence existed at the Epcot area, where a light cycle sat on display as well as Tron: Legacy inspired uniforms for the upcoming Tron attraction at Disney World.

Seeing a lot of people walk up to it and taking photos gave me hope the attraction will bring much-needed attention to the franchise as well as a bigger presence at future D23 Expo events.

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