In June 2020, Disney Parks announced it would be retheming Splash Mountain at both Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort and Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort with a brand-new story based on the 2009 animated film The Princess and The Frog.
Additionally, last month, Disney announced another attraction would be getting a reimagining as well, again at both Disneyland and Disney World — the beloved ride known as Jungle Cruise.
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With Disney Parks continuing to update, refurbish, and even retheme older attractions, fans are sharing what other attractions could use some reimagining as well.
Well, one Reddit thread asked Disney fans what their ideas for future refurbishments and overhauls are and there was one attraction, in particular, that got a lot of attention — Tomorrowland Speedway.
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In case you aren’t familiar, Tomorrowland Speedway is an attraction located inside Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The official description of the attraction reads:
Take the wheel of a gas-powered car and strap yourself in for an exciting and scenic drive. As the checkered flag is waved, you’re off!
Accelerate around sharp bends and lush foliage. Spot iconic attractions visible from the roadway, and pick up the pace as you sprint to the finish line. Featuring a working gas pedal and steering wheel, your car can navigate up and down inclines and around turns.
It’s a nostalgic drive that will have you smiling for miles!
Fans Call for Tomorrowland Speedway to Be Reimagined
Now, Disney World fans are suggesting that the theme park needs to give this ride some tender love and care as many feel it is outdated. Even though the ride is located in a land that is themed for “the future,” many feel that the current iteration of the attraction no longer fits with the land.
Reddit user EPCOT_Is_My_Favorite suggested that Tomorrowland Speedway is the next ride that needs an update because of the “gas-guzzling, atmosphere polluting cars”:
Electric cars for Tomorrowland Speedway. For a land that’s focused on the “future” they sure love their gas-guzzling, atmosphere polluting cars.
Reddit user LennyFackler replied suggesting Disney scrap the ride completely:
Would it be sacrilege to suggest scrapping the ride altogether? Even as a little kid I wasn’t very impressed. There has to be a better use for that huge space.
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Another user who goes by tdt0005 made the point of the “gas-guzzling” cars are part of the Tomorrowland Speedway experience, and they would rather see Disney remove the ride altogether than bring in electric cars:
Kids still go crazy over this attraction like they did 60 years ago. And the noise of the cars is a big part of it. You turn them into golf carts then it just wouldn’t be the same. So I’d tend to agree that just getting rid of them all together is better than keeping the same ride but removing the “charm.”
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And one user, fersure4, suggest Tomorrowland Speedway get a WALL-E retheme, writing:
I’ve always personally fantasized of them scrapping it and putting a track less wall-e themed dark ride in its place.
There are go-karts literally at the mall by my house, so I also think they could use the space better. Its dated and nothing that can’t be found elsewhere. Its one of the few rides I have no nostalgia for.
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With Tomorrowland being the land of “the future,” I, personally, can understand why fans are calling for this ride to be reimagined next. If Disney wanted to keep the same idea for the attraction, but just give it some much-needed updates then electric cars would make total sense.
Keep in mind that Disney has not announced any plans to reimagine or even remove Tomorrowland Speedway. However, if Disney World were to completely close Tomorrowland Speedway and bring in a new ride that is much more up-to-date and appeals to the new generation, I, for one, would be on board with that.
What do you think? Should Disney World reimagine Tomorrowland Speedway or close the attraction down for good? Or should they leave this ride alone and not make any updates to it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.