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Grand Circuit Raceway
Grand Circuit Raceway
Tokyo Disneyland
Land Tomorrowland
Designer WED Enterprises
Opening date April 15, 1983
Closing date March 2018
Vehicle capacity 2 max.
Sponsored by Bridgestone
Replaced by TRON Lightcycle Power Run
Grand Circuit Raceway is an attraction, in which patrons steer specially designed cars through an enclosed track. This attraction is located at Tokyo Disneyland at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan. It opened on April 15, 1983.

Summary

  • Take the wheel of a gas-powered car and speed through a winding track to Victory Circle.
  • Stroll past classic racing marquees and make your way to the racing pit, home to growling, multi-colored speedsters. Designed to look like the famed Indiana Motor Speedway, the racetrack includes well-known backdrops of the motoring world, including the Scoring Pylon, Gasoline Alley and the Yard of Bricks.
  • At the pit, hop inside a streamlined race car that is unique in color and design, then strap yourself in for an exciting and challenging drive. As the checkered flag is waved, you're off!
  • Accelerate at 7 miles per hour around a scenic 0.4 mile-long racetrack. Careen around sharp bends, past lush foliage, and pick up the pace underneath a small bridge. Along the way, listen to an announcer call the race overhead, as you pass such iconic attractions as Space Mountain in the not-too-far-off distance.
  • Go for a personal best or race against a family member or friend. In the end, coast into Victory Circle, at the top of your game champion of the track!

History

At Tokyo Disneyland, the ride exists as Grand Circuit Raceway. This version of the ride has remained open since the park's opening in 1983 and has remained largely unchanged. The ride is sponsored by Bridgestone and features a grandstand for visitors to watch the "races" between drivers. The track is described as a "figure eight" shape, but is actually quite longer. A new ride, Aquatopia, opened at neighboring park Tokyo DisneySea in 2001, but other than the name similarity to the Disneyland car ride (it's a homage) Aquatopia is closer (as an attraction) to Disneyland's former Motor Boat Cruise.

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