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Autopia Computer Games

With Autopia/Tomorrowland Speedway being a car-based attraction, it's perhaps not surprising that it features in a number of Disney computer games.

One of these is Adventures in the Magic Kingdom.  This was a Nintendo NES game which featured the player retrieving various keys from various attractions at Disneyland.  Autopia is a race game you can play to gain a silver key.  Mickey informs you that Panhandle Pete has stolen the key and challenged you to a race to gain it back.  You take control of a red Autopia car and 'speed' along the track avoiding various obstacles such as cones, collecting stars and jumping off ramps.  There are some 'hidden' Mickeys along the way in the shape of bushes.  For a relatively basic digital recreation of the ride, it isn't bad with a grey track and grassy, flowery banks on either side.

Game play is okay (and you can have a go yourself by following this link) and there are some tricky sections of navigate giving it a bit of challen…


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…