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News Tomorrowland Speedway and Walt Disney World Railroad to be impacted by TRON construction at the Magic Kingdom

Monorail_Red_77

Well-Known Member
I've always thought it doesn't fit Tomorrowland or even a Disney park.
More suited for a place like Fun Spot Orlando IMHO.
I get what you are saying but....
Disneyland Autopia opened July 17, 1955.
The US Interstate System (Eisenhower Interstate System) was created July 29, 1956.
It wasn't officially considered completed until October 14, 1992. So the roots of the Tomorrowland Speedway are older than our Interstate System. For me, it is a huge nostalgia factor. I remember driving it with my father as early as Oct 1982. Now, I get to drive it with my kids. They love it and I love experiencing it with them. Yes there are times, i'm like not again.... when they want to ride it over and over. But, I hope it stick around for just a little longer. Yes, I'd rather have this than another meet and greet. I hope whatever replaces it in the future is worth it. Not like we traded 20k leagues for Pooh's Playground. Thank goodness that was temporary.
 

Andrew M

Active Member
I get what you are saying but....
Disneyland Autopia opened July 17, 1955.
The US Interstate System (Eisenhower Interstate System) was created July 29, 1956.
It wasn't officially considered completed until October 14, 1992. So the roots of the Tomorrowland Speedway are older than our Interstate System. For me, it is a huge nostalgia factor. I remember driving it with my father as early as Oct 1982. Now, I get to drive it with my kids. They love it and I love experiencing it with them. Yes there are times, i'm like not again.... when they want to ride it over and over. But, I hope it stick around for just a little longer. Yes, I'd rather have this than another meet and greet. I hope whatever replaces it in the future is worth it. Not like we traded 20k leagues for Pooh's Playground. Thank goodness that was temporary.
My thoughts exactly.

I remember before I was big enough for real go-karts that this was the first time I could actually drive. We went in March and my 5 and 4 year olds were really bummed out that it was closed. They really look forward to actually being able to drive at Disneyworld, especially while they're still too little to drive anything other than kiddie bumper cars.
 

NunuBelle

Well-Known Member
I get what you are saying but....
Disneyland Autopia opened July 17, 1955.
The US Interstate System (Eisenhower Interstate System) was created July 29, 1956.
It wasn't officially considered completed until October 14, 1992. So the roots of the Tomorrowland Speedway are older than our Interstate System. For me, it is a huge nostalgia factor. I remember driving it with my father as early as Oct 1982. Now, I get to drive it with my kids. They love it and I love experiencing it with them. Yes there are times, i'm like not again.... when they want to ride it over and over. But, I hope it stick around for just a little longer. Yes, I'd rather have this than another meet and greet. I hope whatever replaces it in the future is worth it. Not like we traded 20k leagues for Pooh's Playground. Thank goodness that was temporary.
My thoughts exactly.

I remember before I was big enough for real go-karts that this was the first time I could actually drive. We went in March and my 5 and 4 year olds were really bummed out that it was closed. They really look forward to actually being able to drive at Disneyworld, especially while they're still too little to drive anything other than kiddie bumper cars.
Oh! I totally get the nostalgia aspect of Tomorrowland Speedway, I also remember riding it with my grandma on my first ever visit to WDW as a teenager. Good memories!

TS still has many fans, and you'll be enjoying it for years to come.
 

cheezbat

Well-Known Member
I get what you are saying but....
Disneyland Autopia opened July 17, 1955.
The US Interstate System (Eisenhower Interstate System) was created July 29, 1956.
It wasn't officially considered completed until October 14, 1992. So the roots of the Tomorrowland Speedway are older than our Interstate System. For me, it is a huge nostalgia factor. I remember driving it with my father as early as Oct 1982. Now, I get to drive it with my kids. They love it and I love experiencing it with them. Yes there are times, i'm like not again.... when they want to ride it over and over. But, I hope it stick around for just a little longer. Yes, I'd rather have this than another meet and greet. I hope whatever replaces it in the future is worth it. Not like we traded 20k leagues for Pooh's Playground. Thank goodness that was temporary.
20,000 Leagues....

Now that would be a fun replacement for the Speedway. They could build something similar to the one in Tokyo so it’s not actually a ‘water’ ride....heck...they could make a Jules Verne mini-land that bridges between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. That would help cover up Tron’s show building too...

And if they MUST have an Autopia style ride, I say start over. Build a new electric version on the plot of land/parking lot next to Carousel of Progress and the back end of Main Street USA where the old Tomorrowland ampitheatre used to be. It could be so much more intricate and weave over and under itself and take up considerably less space than the current version.
 

NunuBelle

Well-Known Member
20,000 Leagues....

Now that would be a fun replacement for the Speedway. They could build something similar to the one in Tokyo so it’s not actually a ‘water’ ride....heck...they could make a Jules Verne mini-land that bridges between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. That would help cover up Tron’s show building too...

And if they MUST have an Autopia style ride, I say start over. Build a new electric version on the plot of land/parking lot next to Carousel of Progress and the back end of Main Street USA where the old Tomorrowland ampitheatre used to be. It could be so much more intricate and weave over and under itself and take up considerably less space than the current version.
IMO, WDW missed an oppprtunity here. How about new reimagined vehicles? Something more fitted with TL, I don't know, like rockets or mini Mars rovers for example.
Instead, they chose the cheaper, easier route.

Also address the fumes and noise issues.

The basic scope of the ride would remain unchanged giving fans a refreshed experience.
 

Surfin' Tuna

Well-Known Member
IMO, WDW missed an oppprtunity here. How about new reimagined vehicles? Something more fitted with TL, I don't know, like rockets or mini Mars rovers for example.
Instead, they chose the cheaper, easier route.

Also address the fumes and noise issues.

The basic scope of the ride would remain unchanged giving fans a refreshed experience.
I believe there is a refurb still scheduled for this attraction. IIRC Martin also alluded to that somewhere in this thread.

In my heart I still want to love this attraction for the joy it brings kids, but it sure did smell and sound a lot better when it was closed. Reimagined, though, I could really learn to love it again.
 

Bocabear

Well-Known Member
IMO, WDW missed an oppprtunity here. How about new reimagined vehicles? Something more fitted with TL, I don't know, like rockets or mini Mars rovers for example.
Instead, they chose the cheaper, easier route.

Also address the fumes and noise issues.

The basic scope of the ride would remain unchanged giving fans a refreshed experience.
When Hong Kong closed their futuristic themed electric car Autopia, they apparently sent their cars to WDW...Not sure what WDW did with them, but the fact that they did not bother to use this current shutdown to retool and upgrade the infrastructure and visuals does not make me confident that they are going to do anything meaningful with the Speedway...sadly.
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debpeduz

Member
Hello! Does anyone know how long the WDW Railroad will be closed for refurbishment? Going end Sept/Oct and it’s one of my sons favorites!
 

Pooh.sHoneyHuntTDL

Well-Known Member
IMO, WDW missed an oppprtunity here. How about new reimagined vehicles? Something more fitted with TL, I don't know, like rockets or mini Mars rovers for example.
Instead, they chose the cheaper, easier route.

Also address the fumes and noise issues.

The basic scope of the ride would remain unchanged giving fans a refreshed experience.
I believe that when the Mario Kart ride open at Universal they will be forced to update this ride.
Disney seems reactionary and not proactive.
 

TJ Vazquez

Well-Known Member
When Hong Kong closed their futuristic themed electric car Autopia, they apparently sent their cars to WDW...Not sure what WDW did with them, but the fact that they did not bother to use this current shutdown to retool and upgrade the infrastructure and visuals does not make me confident that they are going to do anything meaningful with the Speedway...sadly.
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Fair, but there will be multiple closures during TRON's construction which would give them a fe opportunities to upgrade visuals and/or Cars if they so choose to.
 

lazyboy97o

Well-Known Member
I believe that when the Mario Kart ride open at Universal they will be forced to update this ride.
Disney seems reactionary and not proactive.
Mario Kart really isn’t a similar ride system. It’s only similar in that this one iteration of the Autopia is a “race.”
 
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