Being a native of the Hoosier state (Indiana), racing just seems to be in our blood about like basketball is. Every May there is hype and excitement all around the city of Indianapolis due to the “greatest spectacle in racing,” the Indianapolis 500. The Tomorrowland Speedway takes on the look of many aspects from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is, literally, fun for the whole family.
The first and most exciting part of this attraction, located at the Magic Kingdom, is that everyone in the family, both big and small, can enjoy it together. Those that are less than 32 inches tall can ride along, however if they are equal or taller to 32 inches they can drive the car with an adult pushing the pedal. Boy do those kiddo’s really love driving the car! They could care less that they can’t reach the pedal or that they practically give mom and dad whiplash from turning the steering wheel back and forth through the entire ride. The looks on their faces is priceless. If guests are at least 54 inches they may get in the car and drive completely by themselves.
The track is not a giant oval but more of a roadway course that winds back and forth and up and down. You will not be “racing” in the sense that some guests wish. I know my Ethan (and husband for that matter) wishes the cars went much faster than the slow 7 MPH they are programmed to motor along. The attraction is adorned with many familiar items one would see at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; from the Yard of Bricks (the start/finish line at Indy) to the giant Scoring Pylon and Gasoline Alley, to Victory Circle. The other part of this attraction that gives me goosebumps is that old, familiar voice of Tom Carnegie, the voice of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for years and years. Just hearing that voice takes me right back to my teenage years sitting next to my dad at the track while he explained all the ins and outs of Indy racing to me.
The cars that are driven around the Tomorrowland Speedway track more of a “vintage” style Indy Racing car. You can fit 2 adults comfortably or an adult and two young children.
If a photo op with an Indy car is more what you are looking for they have one on display outside the attraction where you enter the ling queue. Do not let the looks of a long line scare you off, we have consistently noticed that if the queue states a 30 minute wait it is generally closer to 20 minutes.
Granted it is not the most thrilling attraction in the World or the fastest. But, it is a fun, family-friendly attraction that everyone can ride together.
Until next time…Abbie
Abbie shares with us: “I am a wife and mother of 3. My parents first introduced me to the Magic of Disney World when I was 5 years old. However it wasn’t until my second trip as a teenager that the magic actually infused into me. I started eating, sleeping, and thinking Disney all the time. I even made a small Mickey head as the dot on my “i” in my first name and it then became part of my signature. I now have 3 children of my own and had the pleasure of introducing them, along with my husband, to the magical world of Disney a few years ago and they have all fallen in love with the magic that is Walt Disney World as I did. We just were transferred to Tampa, Florida with my husband’s job and my dream of living near the Mouse has come true. We will be taking our first Florida resident vacation in September and are excited to say that we are upgrading our tickets to Passholders. We are excited to see what adventures and new things we can learn about the Wonderful World of Disney!”