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Tomorrowland Speedway showcases America’s love with fast cars. (These cars only look fast.They have a top speed of 7.5 mph. No that’s not 75 mph that seven point five miles per hour.) Yep, those are some fast cars.
Back before the interstate highway system was built. Back when most roads were two lanes. Uncle Walt wanted to show the value of wide lanes of traffic as the future of the highway system, so he designed Autopia for Disneyland.
This is a ride wholly designed for the little tykes (and their parents). Teens and young adults will be very bored.
Uncle Walt was great at creating an atmosphere. Here Uncle Walt took all the ingredients (including the noise and smell) of a racetrack and made them part of the ride. This includes spectators watching from a bridge over the track (smile and wave as you go by). Uncle Walt even included grandstands for those wimpy big brothers and sisters.
Here’s a video from the big opening day. You’ve got to see this, it stars Buddy Hackett and Herbie the Luv Bug.
Here are some interesting tidbits –
- This ride is called Autotopia in Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland. It’s called Tomorrowland Indy Speedway at Tokyo Disneyland.
- The Disneyland version was opened in 1955, before the interstate highway system came into being.
- The track is four tenths of a mile long.
This attraction first opened at Walt Disney World on October 1, 1971 with the rest of the park.
- Originally it was called Grand Prix Raceway with Goodyear as it’s sponsor.
- In 1994 the name was changed in conjunction with the New Tomorrowland update.
- In 1999 Disney partnered with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and added the famous Yard of Bricks as a finish line and added Gasoline Alley logos to the ride.
|Description: Drive replica race cars around a replica track|
|Height Requirement – at least 54″ tall to drive||Fastpass:YES||Length of Ride: 5 minutes|
|Type of ride: Motorized cars on a track|
|Other Information: There are bumpers and rails but rear end collisions still happen|
Are You Tall Enough?
Is your child tall enough to ride? Yes, there is a height requirement pn the Speedway, but it’s only if they want to ride alone.
You have to be at least 52 inches tall to ride Tomorrowland Speedway by yourself
Dad also has a cool little tool to measure the kids as they grow and keep track of when they are tall enough to ride the rides. I call it Dad’s Are You Tall Enough To Ride?…
Every ride at WDW is on this chart. Mount it on the wall and keep track of the kids while they grow.
The Fine Print
Important information –
- You should be in good health, free from high pressure, heart, neck and back problems.
- If you are expecting (yes a baby) you should not ride.
- Guests must transfer from ECV or wheelchairs to board ride vehicles.
Dad’s Bottom Line
This is one of Uncle Walt’s great creations. Youngsters everywhere all holler to drive these cars. It’s always one of the longest lines of the day. Enjoy, but check those rear view mirrors when you come to the finish line.