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Tomorrowland Speedway
Tomorrowland Speedway
Magic Kingdom
Land Tomorrowland
Designer WED Enterprises
Theme Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Propulsion method Gas engine
Opening date October 1, 1971
Vehicle capacity 2 max.
Ride duration 3:50 minutes
Length 2112 ft (643.7 m)
 Tomorrowland Speedway is an attraction, in which patrons steer specially designed cars through an enclosed track. This attraction is located at Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. It opened October 1, 1971 as the Grand Prix Raceway. It was expanded in 1973 and remained unchanged until the 1994 remodel of Tomorrowland. The name was changed to Tomorrowland Speedway in 2008.

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

The second Disney theme park to open was Magic Kingdom. An opening day attraction, the Grand Prix Raceway was based on an international car race rather than the futuristic roadways of Autopia. The original sponsor was Goodyear, as it supplied all of the tires on the Mark VII vehicles.

The ride was expanded in 1973 and remained unchanged until the 1994 remodel of Tomorrowland. Part of the track was also shortened to make room for Mickey's Birthdayland sometime between late 1987 and early 1988. The Grand Prix theme and name was dropped in favor of Tomorrowland Indy Speedway, but the track and vehicles remained the same, as new theming to coincide with the "New Tomorrowland" overlay was installed.

On December 20, 1999, Walt Disney Company and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway partnered to change the theme of the track. The ride was changed to add items from the famous Speedway, such as the famous Yard of Bricks, the Scoring Pylon, Gasoline Alley and the wheel and wing logo. The loading area featured panels with the three Indy events: the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400 and the United States Grand Prix.

The name was changed in 2008 to Tomorrowland Speedway, resulting in the drop of the Indy portion of the title.

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