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Retheme of Tomorrowland Speedway Has the Internet Ready to “Wreck It”

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Disney faithful often don’t like the idea of changing rides and attractions at Walt Disney World. Although Walt Disney himself insisted that his parks would never be finished, the idea of changing popular rides and shows is cringy to many. However, on the other hand, often, these same individuals are the first to make their voices heard in displeasure at rides and attractions that need a little TLC. One particular that many are boisterous about is Tomorrowland Speedway at Magic Kingdom.

Tomorrowland Speedway

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Come to Disney World and Drive a Car, Sorta

Get ready to rev your engines and race through Tomorrowland Speedway at Magic Kingdom! This iconic attraction allows guests of all ages to hop into their very own race car and zoom (we use that word loosely) around a track filled with twists and turns. As part of the lineup of rides at Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland Speedway offers a unique driving experience that will have even the younger ones in your party behind the wheel.

Located in the heart of Tomorrowland, this attraction combines the nostalgic charm of classic gas-powered cars with the futuristic setting of Walt Disney World. From the moment you step into your race car, you’ll feel the anticipation building as you await the signal to start your engines.

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The track at Tomorrowland Speedway winds its way through a scenic course, passing by landmarks like Space Mountain and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. Although shortened since the inclusion of Tron at Magic Kingdom, as you navigate the track, be prepared to still encounter sharp turns, hills, and maybe even a few surprises along the way.

One of the highlights of Tomorrowland Speedway is the opportunity for young guests to take the wheel and control their own car. Whether they’re a speed demon looking to race ahead of the pack or a more cautious driver enjoying a leisurely cruise, this attraction offers something for everyone.

Visitors can also admire the intricate detail of the race cars, which are designed to resemble classic Grand Prix cars, adding an extra touch of realism to the experience. The sights and sounds (and smells) of Tomorrowland Speedway combine to create an immersive environment that transports guests into the heart of a thrilling race.

That Sounds Nice, But Here’s the Reality

The idea of racing a car at Walt Disney World around a Grand Prix Raceway sounds enticing, that is until you smell Tomorrowland Speedway.

Two boys driving car in Tomorrowland Speedway

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Impossible to miss, this loud and aggressive attraction is a formidable opponent to Disney’s usual scent-control measures. Probably the most violent smell in any Disney Park, Tomorrowland Speedway sits towards the back of Tomorrowland, but its smell can waft all the way into New Fantasy Land when the wind hits right.

Like most attractions, Tomorrowland Speedway takes Lightning Lane reservations, but you’ll likely not need one, as the wait time doesn’t often get above 20 minutes (although they can).

Although the attraction is billed as an exciting experience at Walt Disney World Resort, you’re likely not to exceed a whopping 8 miles per hour as you slowly make your way around the track.

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Tomorrowland Speedway is also aggressively loud. Much like the smell, the sound of the engines can be heard from a far distance. For me personally (and this is solely my opinion), the ride in a migraine inducing nightmare.

It’s Time to Do Something With Tomorrowland Speedway

Whether it’s getting rid of sections of Hollywood Studios for Star Wars, retheming Splash Mountain, or closing Country Bear Jamboree, Disney fans struggle with change.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what the suggestion is or why Disney is making the change; not everyone is going to be happy, and that’s okay. But most of us can agree that it’s absolutely beyond time to do something about Tomorrowland Speedway.

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Outdated, noisy, and stinky, although a nostalgic attraction, it doesn’t hold up to the test of time like Pirates of the Caribbean or Haunted Mansion. One could make the arguement that it’s not only the worst ride at Magic Kingdom Park, but potentially in all of Walt Disney World Resort.

As small changes have worked with other attractions like Jungle Cruise, that may be the first assumption for Tomorrowland Speedway, but for it to not only be feasible but also fit in with the futuristic themes of its land, big changes need to happen.

Hey Tomorrowland Speedway: It’s Time to “Wreck-It”

In thinking of what could work, firstly the fuel-injected engines have to go. I don’t know if electric batteries or an electric track is more reasonable, and honestly, I don’t really care. Ultimately, Disney has to pull the proverbial trigger and make changes to the awful sounds and smells surrounding Tomorrowland Speedway.

Secondly, keeping true to Disney’s methodology of late, we have to pick an IP for the attraction to be centered around. Although something like Toy Story could work, it’s already well represented with Toy Story Mania and its own land over at Hollywood Studios.

Keeping the idea of utlizing Pixar, one Reddit user @strangebur pitched an idea that might actually work, so let’s explore.

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Commenting in a thread (admittedly from a long time) that asked Walt Disney World fans to give obscure and forgotten Disney properties that would make a great attraction, this particular user suggested retheming Tomorrowland Speedway to Sugar Rush from Wreck-It Ralph (2012)!

Others quickly pointed out that this may not fit with the theming in Tomorrowland. However, I’d argue quickly that neither does Tomorrowland Speedway in its current state. If there’s a Magic Kingdom ride that doesn’t make sense, it’s definitely this attraction.

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If Disney could use the video game concept of Sugar Rush from the Pixar film, and turn Tomorrowland Speedway into something similiar to Mario Cart: Bowser’s Challenge at Universal Studios Orlando (coming in 2025), this could actually work!

Of course, this would mean a massive overhaul for the attraction, ultimately shutting it down for a very long time, however, with the space available outside of the park to build and expand, it’s definitely possiblity.

Not only would this eliminate the noisy cars and their putrid stench, but it would also introduce another popular Pixar franchise to Tomorrowland. What do you think? Could a massive, high-tech, video-game-inspired retheme based on Wreck-It Ralph work

Many of the opinions in the article are that of the author and do not reflect official positions of Disney Dining or The Walt Disney Company.

About Michael Arnold

Michael is a father, husband, and an Army Veteran. Michael spends his weekends at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando checking out new merchandise and food. Michael is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has an education background in Public Health. You can find Michael riding Pirates of the Caribbean over and over again or binge watching new Marvel and Star Wars content. Han shot first. Thor is the strongest Avenger. Roll Tide and Wash Your Hands!

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