What kid doesn’t want to drive a car like Mom and Dad? Well, at Walt Disney World, kids can (safely!) do just that on one of the original rides from back in 1971.
Tomorrowland Speedway makes you feel like you’re really part of the race – riding in Indy-style race cars. You enter in the pit, lining up to get into your car.
The track has a lot of twists and turns, so you get a chance to steer the car in several different directions. If your kid is like my two-and-a-half-year old, no need to worry if they want to do the driving – there is a rail that goes along the entire route, so there’s no chance of steering off course or into another car.
Your kid can drive the car by themselves if they are 54” tall, or with you if they are just 32” tall – making this a great ride for kids of all ages. The cars are real gas-powered cars (the engine is a Briggs & Stratton 9hp engine – see the pic at the end of the article for a view under the hood, for all you gear heads). Max speed is about 7.5 MPH, and in the warm weather it’s a warm ride, since there is minimal shade along the 4/10 mile track.
If this ride is on your must-do list, definitely make sure to take advantage of early morning magic hours, when the line is bearable, or schedule a FastPass+ here. Lines by midday are usually in excess of an hour. So plan your time accordingly. But if you have a car fan, this is definitely one you should hit!
Nicole is a more recent convert to Disney, and has her husband Corey to thank. As a kid, she went a couple of times and had fun, but didn’t really catch the “Disney bug” until her husband finally convinced her to go in March of 2003. Since then, she goes every opportunity she can, and every time finds something new to explore! She’s a proud Disney Vacation Club owner and mother of two Disneyphiles – ages 5 (Maggie) and 2 (Max). She helps friends and family to plan Disney vacations all year round, and when she can’t be at Disney, she surrounds herself with it. Her house and office have plenty of pictures and souvenirs covering them, so she’s never far away from the magic!