Tomorrowland Indy Speedway

by josh on May 12, 2010

Tomorrowland Indy Speedway

Opened: October 1, 1971

Location: Tomorrowland

Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening

FASTPASS: No

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

Rating: 3/10

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.

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Tim December 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm

This is the funniest ride to watch, take 5 minutes and just watch the huge smiles on each kid’s face while they crank the wheel from side to side hitting the partition and laughing while their passenger has white knuckles holding on with one hand and trying to avoid grabbing the wheel and ruining the driver’s fun!

Matt December 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I rode this last year, and couldn’t wait for it to be over. The cars move way too slow, and the steering is terrible. I tried to keep the rail centered between the wheels, but it is nearly impossible to do so.. If the steering was more reliable, it could make for a relaxing ride, but as it stands, I will be skipping this ride.

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