Entertainment Design

Tron Disneyland Shanghai


In 2013, three years after the release of Tron:Legacy, producers of the Tron attraction for Shanghai Disneyland asked Daniel Simon to return to the grid. The goal was to create – under creative guidance of GM China, GM North America, and Disney – a full size vehicle unique enough to capture the imagination of visitors after they exit the exhilarating Tron Lightcycle Power Run. The post-show exhibit is sponsored by General Motors’ Chevrolet division, therefore Simon worked closely with creatives of both Chevrolet and Disney to distill the perfect essence of Chevrolet and Tron into one machine.

The result is the ‘Qing Yi’, which is on permanent display at Shanghai Disneyland, China. With two capsules for riders in Lightcycle-inspired position, and a liquid, high-frequency rendered body shell which smoothly adjusts to steering movements of the front wheels, this high speed cruiser blends styling queues from a real world Chevrolet Corvette with elements of the iconic Tron world Lightcycles.

Here is how Simon’s design is described in the exhibit: Qing Yi is a Tron transport that features Lightcycle-inspired ergonomics for pilot and navigator. Fusing a Corvette with cutting-edge technology from the world of Tron, Qing Yi has the unique ability to drive on and off the grid using the first generation light fusion reactor powered by Blue Light Energy.