Lightning Lane — Pay to guarantee your spot
If you don't want to deal with the stress or hassle of racing to secure your place in the virtual queue, there is a third option, but it requires you to spend a bit of money. To guarantee that you ride Tron Lightcycle Run, you can purchase an individual Lightning Lane pass for it.
The Lightning Lane for Tron Lightcycle Run — which is separate from the general Genie+ — will cost you upwards of $20. And that's per rider. So if you have four people who want to ride, you can do the math and see how it can add up pretty quickly.
But if you've got the money to spare, the Lightning Lane route is a much less stressful option. You simply pay the cost of that day's Lightning Lane pass and can reserve an hour-long slot to ride at a time of your choice.
The afternoon/evening slots are the easiest to get but you will not be able to jump to another park unless your queue is later in the evening. For example, we got a grouping for Cosmic Rewind during the 1:00 p.m. opening. That group time estimated ride entry to be around 8:00 pm. We opted to jump over to Hollywood Studios on the gondolas and rode a couple of rides there and then made it back to Epcot in time for our slot.
Keep this in mind. You only need to be in the park to join a virtual queue at 1:00 p.m. then you can leave and come back, provided you can make it.