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Autopia

Let's continue touring the attractions of Tomorrowland and visit one which I have to admit to never having ridden - Autopia or the Tomorrowland Speedway.

This, like Space Mountain, is a staple attraction of the various Disney parks: Autopia appears at Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland.  Disney World has an iteration called Tomorrowland Speedway and Tokyo Disneyland has Grand Circuit Raceway.

Autopia as a ride has been through many changes and versions.  At one point in the early days of Disneyland, there were different versions in different areas - a Tomorrowland Autopia, a Fantasyland Autopia and even a Midget Autopia for children to small to ride the main attraction.  Over time these others have disappeared and the Tomorrowland and Fantasyland tracks were merged to become the attraction we currently have.  For a long while the Disneyland Autopia was sponsored by Chevron with theming to match but, in the last year, has been renewed by sponsorship from Honda, com…

Carousel of Progress

Our tour of Tomorrowland continues with a visit to an attraction whose pedigree extends all the way back to the New York World Fair of 1964 - Carousel of Progress.

This is one of those attractions at the Disney theme parks which oozes America and, in particular, Walt Disney's vision for the parks.  This is not a thrill ride.  This is not an experience based around a Disney film.  This is education and optimism and audio-animatronics.

For me, this is an attraction in the group that includes Great Moments with Abraham Lincoln which can be found in the Town Square at Disneyland.  Indeed, Carousel of Progress, after appearing at the World Fair, was a fixture at Disneyland until 1973. 

The attraction then moved to Disney World opening in 1975 and is still there to this day.  Although it has undergone a series of minor changes over the years, it is still, essentially, the same attraction viewed by visitors to the World Fair over 50 years ago!



Let's take a ride on Walt Disney's Carou…

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Melody Time, as a film, doesn't have a huge presence in the parks although it has more than some more high-profile films.  What it does have, though, is the same contribution provided by its sister-film, Make Mine Music - an eatery.

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe is a counter service cafe/restaurant situated in Frontierland at Walt Disney World.  Now unlike previous eateries I have written about in this blog, Pecos Bill's is one I have actually eaten in.

When my wife and I visited Walt Disney World back at Christmas 2007, one evening we ate here.  It was at the time of the Spectromagic parade and we were starving.  We tend to motor round theme parks ensuring we get as much done as is possible.  The result of this is we rarely took time to stop and eat.  On Christmas Day, for instance, our Christmas dinner consisted of the legendary turkey leg and a bottle of coke whilst in the queue for Thunder Mountain!

It was quite late before we decided to grab a bite to eat on the day we c…

Melody Time