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Autopia
Land Tomorrowland
Theme Parks Walt Disney Parks
Locations and Opening Dates
Disneyland July 17, 1955
Magic Kingdom October 1, 1971
Tokyo Disneyland April 15, 1983
Disneyland Paris April 12, 1992
Hong Kong Disneyland July 13, 2006

Autopia is an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, France, and at Hong Kong Disneyland on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Other versions of the attraction can be found at the Magic Kingdom as the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway and at Tokyo Disneyland as the Grand Circuit Raceway. Image File history File links Autopia_Poster. ... Tomorrowland is one of the many themed lands at the many Disneyland parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. ... Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is the division of The Walt Disney Company that conceives, builds and manages the theme parks and vacation resorts for which Disney is famous, as well as a variety of additional family-oriented leisure enterprises. ... is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 102nd day of the year (103rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... This article is about a theme park in Anaheim, California USA. For other Disney parks and attractions, see Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. ... Location of Anaheim within Orange County, California Coordinates: Country United States State California County Orange Government  - Mayor Curt Pringle Area  - City  50. ... Castle of the Sleeping Beauty in Disneyland Park Disneyland Resort Paris is a theme park in Marne-la-Vallée, near Paris. ... Marne-la-Vallée is a new town located near Paris, France. ... The fountain featuring Mickey Mouse in the Park Promenade next to Hong Kong Disneyland Hong Kong Disneyland (Traditional Chinese: ) is the first theme park inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, which is owned and managed by the Hong Kong International Theme Parks, an incorporated company jointly owned by The Walt... Map of Lantau Island, Hong Kong Lantau Island (based on the local old name of Lantau Peak 爛頭 Làntóu, Ragged Head; 大嶼山/大屿山 pinyin: DàyÇ” shān, Cantonese: Tai yue shan, Big Island Mountain), also Lantao, is the largest island in Hong Kong, located at the mouth of the Pearl... The Magic Kingdom is a theme park within the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando. ... Tokyo Disneyland ) is one of two theme parks in the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. ...


The name Autopia is a portmanteau of the words "automobile utopia," which was popularized in academic circles by British architecture critic Reyner Banham to describe Los Angeles in his 1971 book "Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies." A portmanteau (IPA pronunciation: ) is a word or morpheme which fuses two or more words or parts of words to give a combined or loaded meaning. ... Reyner Banham (1922-1988) was a prolific Anglo-American architectural critic and writer best known for his 1960 theoretical treatise Theory and Design in the First Machine Age, and his 1971 book Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies in which he categorized the Angelean experience into four ecological models...

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Disneyland Autopia History

An overhead view, looking down at an autopia car in 2003.
An overhead view, looking down at an autopia car in 2003.

The Disneyland Autopia, in one form or another, is one of the few current attractions that opened with the park on July 17, 1955. When it opened, it represented the future of what would become America's multilane limited-access highways, which were still being developed. President Eisenhower had yet to sign the Interstate Highway legislation at the time Disneyland opened. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 452 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1232 × 1632 pixel, file size: 456 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 452 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1232 × 1632 pixel, file size: 456 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free... is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Dwight David Ike Eisenhower (October 14, 1890–March 28, 1969), American soldier and politician, was the 34th President of the United States (1953–1961) and supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II, with the rank of General of the Army. ...


Before the park opened, the cars were tested without the bumpers, and were almost completely destroyed by the test drivers. Bumpers were fitted around the vehicle, but there were still problems with collisions, as a guide rail had yet to be implemented on the ride. Eventually the vehicles were fitted with spring-loaded bumpers to discourage collisions. The Tomorrowland version received makeovers in 1967 and 1999.


The Tomorrowland version was not the only form of Autopia to exist at Disneyland. Other versions, separate from the Tomorrowland version, included the Midget Autopia, Fantasyland Autopia (Rescue Rangers Raceway), and Junior Autopia. Of these, the Tomorrowland Autopia existed the longest. Fantasyland is one of the themed lands at the many Magic Kingdom-style parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. ... Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers is an animated series made by The Walt Disney Company. ...


The Midget Autopia opened in 1957. It was the smallest and was the third Autopia track, after the Tomorrowland Autopia (1955) and the Junior Autopia in Fantasyland (1956). It was located next to the Storybook Land Canal Boats and the Motor Boat Cruise at the very edge of Fantasyland. It was closed in 1966 and dismantled to make way for 'it's a small world'. The ride was donated to the city of Marceline, Missouri, where it operated for a few years. Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Disneyland. ... its a small world ( lowercase and quoted) is currently an attraction at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland Park, and Disneyland Paris. ... Marceline is a city in Chariton and Linn County, Missouri. ...

Autopia in 1996, before its complete remodel in 2000. The Autopia cars at this time closely resembled the Corvette Stingray.
Autopia in 1996, before its complete remodel in 2000. The Autopia cars at this time closely resembled the Corvette Stingray.

The Fantasyland Autopia began originally as the Junior Autopia in 1956. It closed in 1958, and reopened in 1959 as the expanded Fantasyland Autopia. It was a duplicate version of the Tomorrowland Autopia and featured the same theme of the original until 1991, when part of the Disney's Afternoon Avenue makeover of Fantasyland, the ride was transformed into the Rescue Rangers Raceway. The theming was kept until 1992, when the promotion ended. The ride remained open on an interim basis until 1999, when both the Tomorrowland and Fantasyland Autopias were closed. Image File history File linksMetadata Autopia96_wb. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Autopia96_wb. ...

The Autopia in 2005 showing the updated cars in several different designs. The building with the elevated walkway on the right is part of the queue for the Autopia.
The Autopia in 2005 showing the updated cars in several different designs. The building with the elevated walkway on the right is part of the queue for the Autopia.


In 2000, Disneyland replaced both existing Autopia tracks with a new, much larger Autopia sponsored by Chevron. The colorful Chevrolet Corvette Stingray-style cars were replaced by three different kinds of cars: Dusty, an off-road style car; Sparky, a sports car; and Suzy, a Volkswagen Beetle-style car. Each was designed to be tied into the Chevron line of animated 'Chevron Cars', and 4 versions of the Autopia cars were sold as toys during the 2000 summer season at Chevron stations nationwide. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1632x1232, 605 KB)Autopia at Disneyland, Nov 2005. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1632x1232, 605 KB)Autopia at Disneyland, Nov 2005. ... Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) is one of the worlds largest global energy companies. ... The Chevrolet Corvette is the sports car that has been manufactured by Chevrolet since 1953. ... This article is about the original Volkswagen Beetle. ...



In 2005, rumors circulated that Disney was planning on developing an overlay that would tie in with the Pixar film, Cars, which would have required the ride going down sometime in 2006. However, this did not happen. Also a Cars attraction based on Epcot's Test Track attraction is being planned for Disney's California Adventure Park. It had also been rumored that in 2006 the Autopia cars will be replaced with ones powered by fuel cells. However, this replacement did not happen. Now the future prospect for the current Autopia cars is to be eventually replaced with electric cars if that system is able to prove itself in the Hong Kong version of the attraction. Pixars studio lot in Emeryville Pixar Animation Studios is an American seven time Academy Award winning computer animation studio based in Emeryville, California (USA). ... Cars is an animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, presented by Walt Disney Pictures, and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. ... Cars is an animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, presented by Walt Disney Pictures, and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. ... The interior of Test Track shows a simulated test lab, including test dummies and damaged cars. ... Disneys California Adventure Park is a Disney theme park in Anaheim, California, adjacent to Disneyland Park and part of the larger Disneyland Resort. ... A fuel cell is an electrochemical device similar to a battery, but differing from the latter in that it is designed for continuous replenishment of the reactants consumed; i. ...


Other Versions

Walt Disney World

The second Disney theme park to open was the 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. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company was founded in 1898 by Frank Seiberling. ...


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 Toontown Fair. The Grand Prix theme and name was dropped in favor of 'Tomorrowland Speedway', but the track and vehicles remained the same, as new theming to coincide with the "New Tomorrowland" overlay was installed. Mickeys Toontown is a small land at the Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland theme parks in Anaheim, California, and Chiba, Japan. ...


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 features panels with the three Indy events: the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400 and the United States Grand Prix.[1] December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Alternate meanings: Disney (disambiguation) The Walt Disney Company (also known as Disney Enterprises, Inc. ... Indianapolis Motor Speedway, located in Speedway, Indiana (a separate town completely surrounded by Indianapolis) in the United States, is the second-oldest surviving automobile racing track in the world (after the Milwaukee Mile), having existed since 1909, and the original Speedway, the first racing facility historically to incorporate the word. ... Gasoline Alley could refer to: Gasoline Alley, a comic strip by Frank King. ... “Indy 500” redirects here. ... The Allstate 400 at The Brickyard is an annual 400-mile (644 km) NASCAR Nextel Cup points race held each August at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. ... The United States Grand Prix is a motor racing event which has taken place at various times since 1959 in several locations, at first as a part of the American Grand Prize series and later as a race in the Formula One World Championship. ...


Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland "Grand Circuit Raceway"
Tokyo Disneyland "Grand Circuit Raceway"

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 then the name similarity to the Disneyland car ride (it's an homage) Aquatopia is closer (as an attraction) to Disneyland's former Motor Boat Cruise. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Bridgestone Corporation ) (TYO: 5108 ) is a Japanese rubber conglomerate founded in 1931 by Shojiro Ishibashi ) in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan. ... Aquatopia is an attraction at Tokyo DisneySea theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Ciba, Japan. ... Tokyo DisneySea ) is an 176 acre (714,000 m²) theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, just outside of Tokyo. ... This article is about a theme park in Anaheim, California USA. For other Disney parks and attractions, see Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. ... Aquatopia is an attraction at Tokyo DisneySea theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Ciba, Japan. ... Motor Boat Cruise was an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. ...


Disneyland Paris

The Disneyland Paris version, which opened with the park on April 12, 1992, uses the original Disneyland name of Autopia, but it has a unique sense of style and theming. The cars are more rounded and feature a toy-like quality to with a 1950s retro theme, which differs from the Discoveryland theme. There are rumors that the ride will eventually close because of the high cost and limited season of operations. is the 102nd day of the year (103rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


The ride is open only from April to September, as the snow and cold weather are not favorable for the vehicles and drivers. There are also plans to enclose the ride and re-engineer the vehicles.


Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland is the first Disneyland-type park to not open with a form of the Autopia. Opened in Summer 2006 as part of its Phase I Expansion, the Hong Kong version is different from all the other versions, as it features electric cars, with lighting effects on the cars, and a unique on-board audio-system. Theming includes a lush jungle and alien landscape. Honda Motors is the sponsor of the attraction. Unlike the other versions, the cars on the Hong Kong Autopia feature left-hand drive (just as Hong Kong roadways and vehicles have).


Attraction facts

Disneyland

  • Grand opening: July 17, 1955 (Opened with Disneyland)
  • Designer: WED Enterprises
  • Sponsor: Chevron (2000-Present)
  • Vehicles: 96
    • Current model: Mark IX (2000)
    • Vehicle theme: Chevron Cars
  • Top speed: 6.5mph
  • Track length: 2,568' (782 meters)
  • Boarding requirements:
    • Passenger: 1 Year of Age
    • Driver: 1 Years of Age/52"
  • Trip length: 4:32
  • Required ticket: "C"
  • Ride system: Miniature vehicles along a guided track

is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... WED Enterprises (WED), was formed as a separate company from Walt Disney Studios by Walt Disney in the late 1940s/early 1950s. ... An ARCO gas station in Los Angeles ARCO (an acronym for Atlantic Richfield Company) is an American oil company that was formed by the merger of East Coast-based Atlantic Refining and California-based Richfield Petroleum in 1966. ... FASTPASS® is an innovation from The Walt Disney Company to allow guests to skip past long lines at its theme parks. ...


Magic Kingdom

  • Grand opening: October 1, 1971 (Opened with Magic Kingdom)
  • Designer: WED Enterprises
  • Vehicles: 146
    • Vehicle theme: Race Car
    • Current model: Mark VII (1971)
  • Top speed: 7.5 mph
  • Track length: 4/10 Mile
  • Boarding requirements:
    • Passenger: 1 Year of Age
    • Driver: 7 Years of Age/52"
  • Trip length: 5:00
  • Required ticket: "C"
  • Ride system: Miniature vehicles along a guided track

is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company was founded in 1898 by Frank Seiberling. ... WED Enterprises (WED), was formed as a separate company from Walt Disney Studios by Walt Disney in the late 1940s/early 1950s. ...

Tokyo Disneyland

  • Grand opening: April 15, 1983 (Opened with Tokyo Disneyland)
  • Designer: WED Enterprises
  • Sponsor: Bridgestone
  • Vehicles:
    • Current model - Mark VII (1971 Design)
  • Top speed: 7mph
  • Boarding requirements:
    • Passenger: 132 cm
  • Trip length: 5:00
  • Required ticket: "C"
  • Ride system: Miniature vehicles along a guided track

is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... WED Enterprises (WED), was formed as a separate company from Walt Disney Studios by Walt Disney in the late 1940s/early 1950s. ... Bridgestone Corporation ) (TYO: 5108 ) is a Japanese rubber conglomerate founded in 1931 by Shojiro Ishibashi ) in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan. ...

Disneyland Paris

  • Grand opening: April 12, 1992 (Opened with Disneyland Paris)
  • Designer: Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Sponsor: Ford (2007-Present)
    • Previous sponsor: Mattel (1992-2000), Esso (2002-2007)
  • Vehicles:
    • Current model: Mark VIII (1992)
  • Trip length: 5:00
  • Boarding requirements:
    • Passenger - 132 cm
  • Ride system: Miniature vehicles along a guided track

is the 102nd day of the year (103rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Walt Disney Imagineering was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises (WED: Walter Elias Disney) to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ... Ford may mean a number of things: A ford is a river crossing. ... Mattel Inc. ... An Esso Station in Stabekk, Norway Esso sign Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Esso is an international trade name for Exxon Mobil Corporation and its related companies. ...

Hong Kong Disneyland

  • Grand opening: July 13, 2006
  • Designer: Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Sponsor: Honda
  • Track: 3
    • A: Longest track featuring an overpass across the UFO Zone area
    • B: Shortest track
    • C: More "difficult" to drive
  • Vehicles: Max 54 in operation (18 per track)
    • Current model: Mark X (2006)
    • Motor Type: Electric (First for Disney)
  • Boarding requirements:
    • Driver - 132 cm
    • Passenger - 81 cm
  • Ride system: Miniature vehicles along a guided track

is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Walt Disney Imagineering was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises (WED: Walter Elias Disney) to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ... The logo of the Honda automobiles The logo of the Honda motorcycles Honda Motor Company, Limited )   (TYO: 7267 , NYSE: HMC), or simply called Honda, is a Japanese multinational corporation, engine manufacturer and engineering corporation. ...

See also

Disneyland is a theme park within the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California conceived by Walt Disney. ... This article will replace: List of current Magic Kingdom attractions List of past Magic Kingdom attractions Magic Kingdom entertainment history The Magic Kingdom is a theme park located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. ... // Main article: Main Street, U.S.A. Main article: Fantasyland Alices Tea Party Castle Carrousel Cinderella Castle Dumbo the Flying Elephant its a small world Mickey Mouse Revue Peter Pans Flight Pinocchios Daring Journey Poohs Hunny Hunt Snow Whites Adventures The Haunted Mansion Cinderella...

References

  1. ^ Tomorrowland Indy Speedway. WDWHistory.com. Retrieved on August 12, 2006.

External links

  • Disneyland - Autopia
  • Walt Disney World Resort - Tomorrowland Indy Speedway

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