Tomorrowland Speedway

Adults frequently wonder what is so "Tomorrow" about driving a car around a concrete course, but the key is to remember that for children, driving a car is always in the future. In Tomorrowland Speedway, children get to drive their racecar (on a track) around a speedway-themed track.

General Information - Hide Section
  • Location: Back left of Tomorrowland.
  • Date Opened: 10/1/1971
  • # of Ride Units: 146 cars
  • Ride Capacity: 1 driver per car plus one small child
  • Restraint Method: Seatbelt
  • Ticket Rating: B Ticket
  • Ride Photo: No
  • Sponsor: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Time Commitment Information - Hide Section
  • Open/Close: Open and close with the park. This attraction is open during both morning and evening Extra Magic Hours.
  • Wait Times: Tomorrowland Indy Speedway has a slow moving line and it is exposed to the sun. Expect waits of 30-40 minutes, longer when the park is particularly busy.
  • Length of Ride: 5 minutes
  • FastPass: No
  • Single Rider: No
  • Queue Description: Shows scenes and memorabilia from major races held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Access Information - Hide Section
  • Health Restriction: Should be in good health. Pregnant women and guests with back or neck problems should consider not riding since cars may impact other vehicles.
  • Ride Access: Guests must be ambulatory to ride Tomorrowland Indy Speedway as a driver, needing to manipulate both a steering wheel and gas pedal.
  • Wheelchair Transfer: It is required that you transfer from wheelchairs and ECVs into the race cars.
  • Service Animals: No
  • Audio: Environmental sounds of a race track are broadcast along the course, but no assistive devices are available.
  • Weight and Size Issues: The cars are big enough for most adults but they're really designed for small children in mind (they need to read the wheel and pedals).
Parenting Information - Hide Section
  • Height Restriction: 32" (80 cm.)
  • Child Swap: Yes
  • Other Issues:
History and Trivia - Hide Section
  • At this location: Though originally named Grand Prix Raceway, Tomorrowland Indy Speedway was an opening day attraction at Magic Kingdom.
  • The Attraction's History: Grand Prix Raceway was open for business on the day of Magic Kingdom's opening in October 1971. The ride remained essentially unchanged until 1996 when it had to be closed for the construction of Donald's Boat and The Barnstormer in Mickey's Toontown Fair. The expansion of that land required a minor shift and shortening of the track layout. At the same time the ride was renamed Tomorrowland Speedway. In early 2000 Indianapolis Motor Speedway came on board as a sponsor and the queue and theming through the ride were updated to reflect scenes and locations at that historic race track.
  • Other Trivia:
    • The cars: The Autopia Mark VII cars have 9 horsepower engines and can go as fast as 7.5 miles per hour (a governor on the engine prevents any higher speeds).
    • Sponsors: Indianapolis Motor Speedway has a sponsors lounge in the control tower near the beginning of the ride.
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