Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
Opened: October 1, 1971
Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening
Type: Simulated car race
Similar To: Unique
Requirements: Must be 32” or taller to ride and 54” or taller to drive alone
Scary Factor: Zero
What to Expect: The Tomorrowland Speedway is themed like a race track and features more than 200 gas powered cars. Unlike a NASCAR race, the cars have a maximum speed of about seven miles per hour and there are guide rails that keep cars traveling in a straight line. The massive amount of exhaust leaving the cars makes the queue reek of gasoline and it is not shaded. The “race track” is about 2,000 feet long (4/10 of a mile) and takes about five minutes to complete.
When To Go: Visit before 10am for the best chance of riding with a minimal wait. Otherwise, return during the final hour of operation or during the last hour of evening Extra Magic Hours.
Expect to Wait: Because of its dismal capacity and decent popularity, wait times often peak in the 30 to 50 minute range from 11:30am – 5pm. Before 10am, waits of ten minutes are more common. There is also a longer wait than usual to unload after the ride is over. Expect to wait another 5-10 minutes then as well.
Length: 5 minutes
Commentary: The queue for the Tomorrowland Speedway is brutal. Uncovered and excruciatingly long, it’s one of the most unpleasant experiences at Disney World and not one I would recommend. The ride itself doesn’t offer most adults much in the way of fun or entertainment either. Youngsters tend to love it though, especially those tall enough to drive. If you do decide to ride the Speedway, I would only visit first thing in the morning or late at night, unless you’re traveling at a particularly slow time and lines are relatively short. If your group doesn’t include anyone under the age of ten, I would skip this unless you have a long vacation ahead of you.