Facts at a Glance About Tomorrowland Speedway:
|Park: Magic Kingdom. Location: Tomorrowland Height Requirement: See below. Genie+: Yes. Individual Lightning Lane: No.
|Quick Notes: Drive real mini gas-powered racecars on a track with a guide rail.
|Disney Warnings: Bumping may occur. WARNING! For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.
|Our Additional Cautions: Small gas powered cars, includes a bumpy, jerky ride with low-to-the-ground vehicles, small seats, S-curves, noisy ride and gas fumes, even in the queue. Ride car may get hit from behind by other riders. Gas pedal must be pressed at all times to keep the car in motion.
|Length: The ride lasts about 5 minutes.
|Special Needs & other info: Minimum height to ride is 32″/81cm. Minimum height required to ride alone or to control the vehicle is 54″/137cm. You must transfer from your wheelchair or ECV to the ride car. To drive you have to be able to reach the pedals, steer and see the track adequately. Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
Overview of Tomorrowland Speedway
Many kids dream about driving so this can be a dream come true! This very small version of a raceway is geared toward little drivers. Mini versions of real racecars drive the 4/10th of a mile on a 4 lane course designed with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in mind. Though your race car is on a guide rail, you steer and control the speed. Here’s what one parent had to say about this ride:
“It’s not the most exciting ride or full of thrills, but this was a great ride with young children. To this day 15 yrs later we still joke about how bad drivers they were. It’s a memory maker for me. ” -Brown Scotty
Queue and seating information for Tomorrowland Speedway
It can be a long wait for this popular ride, since it’s very slow loading. The long queue has a steep incline and decline, and it can get hot. Though most of it is covered, during the final portion of the line you’re in full sun with no shade at all. The race cars run on gasoline and the gas fumes can be strong and unavoidable while standing in line as well as while riding.
People of larger size may find it uncomfortably tight and hard to get in and out of, and those with long legs will find it tight. One Tomorrowland Speedway rider had this to say:
Others will find that there’s adequate room for two to squeeze in. There are individual high seat backs, but the seat bottom is one long bench seat. There’s only one seatbelt for two people, and one steering wheel on the left side of the vehicle. Though there’s a minimum height requirement to drive, smaller children who aren’t tall enough to drive can go on with an adult. The adult can work the pedals while the child steers the car.
Wheelchair/ECV queu information for Tomorrowland Speedway:
You must be able to transfer to the car seat from your wheelchair. The seats are low and small. You’ll need to step over the side of the vehicle and sit low to the ground.
Additional details about Tomorrowland Speedway
It’s a bumpy ride in a low-to-the-ground vehicle. The cars can bump one another from behind, giving a big jolt. A driver in front of you could suddenly stop, causing you to hit them from behind. The cars can roughly move from side to side along and into the rail if the driver has difficulty steering. You’ll see a lot of children drivers weaving and ramming the rail from one side to the other. This can cause some jolts and jerks. Some find that the ability to steer is limited. Here’s what one person reported in our Facebook Group:
“The steering wheels ought to at least work, even if the car is on a rail. We just got slammed back and forth against the rail the whole way. No fun at all.” – Bruce Carter
Top speed is 7 miles per hour, though you could get behind a slow driver, making your drive less exciting. Kids will often crash their cars into those waiting in front of them as they enter into the disembarking area.
Though the car is on a rail, a visual impairment may prevent a rider from seeing the car in front of theirs. Consider having someone drive with you who can let you know what’s coming. Loudspeakers around the course have an announcer calling the race (it’s really pre-recorded). At the end you’ll drive up a slight incline, and you may have to wait until it’s your turn to get out of your race car.
What do people say about Tomorrowland Speedway in Magic Kingdom?
This reader really sums up this ride:
And here’s what one mom of an adult autistic son has to say:
On the other hand, another mom of an autistic child felt differently:
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