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  • When did Autopia get the guide rails?

    I watched the opening TV broadcast yesterday and noticed that the Freeway of the Future's only safety feature was aluminium bumpers. So, when did Autopia get the guide rails?
    Disney FAQ#275: What is DCA?
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    Re: When did Autopia get the guide rails?

    60s I think

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    • #3
      Re: When did Autopia get the guide rails?

      1965

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      • #4
        Re: When did Autopia get the guide rails?

        Originally posted by monotonehell View Post
        So, when did Autopia get the guide rails?





        After the first lawsuit...

        :evil:

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        • #5
          Re: When did Autopia get the guide rails?

          ...sometime after a few of the Original Mouseketeers (they used to perform in a circus tent on that side of the Park; Walt was still using the kids to promote the new Park) took them joy riding around the Park after hours (completely off road / off the track...) and crashed one of the cars...

          :shy:

          OOPS

          The "Midget Autopia" (about where the path to Small World is now) however, always had a track - as far as I can remember...
          "I've got the heart of a child..." - I keep it in a box, next to my bed...

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            Re: When did Autopia get the guide rails?

            Originally posted by EvilQueen View Post
            ...sometime after a few of the Original Mouseketeers (they used to perform in a circus tent on that side of the Park; Walt was still using the kids to promote the new Park) took them joy riding around the Park after hours (completely off road / off the track...) and crashed one of the cars...

            :shy:

            OOPS

            The "Midget Autopia" (about where the path to Small World is now) however, always had a track - as far as I can remember...
            Wow, that is crazy, and would be kind of fun.:angel:

            I never knew there wasn't guide rails though... crazy. So what would happen if they went off the track? Or were there walls on the side or something?


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            • #7
              Re: When did Autopia get the guide rails?

              Originally posted by xRybo View Post
              Wow, that is crazy, and would be kind of fun.:angel:

              I never knew there wasn't guide rails though... crazy. So what would happen if they went off the track? Or were there walls on the side or something?
              No walls, just a huge drop into Molten MAG-MA. (Dr. Evil Style)

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              • #8
                Re: When did Autopia get the guide rails?

                Same style of track (with curb), just minus the center guide rail.

                That design was (literally) an accident waiting to happen.

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                • #9
                  Re: When did Autopia get the guide rails?

                  They were governed to 11MPH, I forgot to mention.

                  Actually in the opening day parade down Main Street they had a flock of Autopia* cars driving in formation. That was the first thing that tweaked my wonder. There wasn't a single float in the first parade, everything was nicked from a ride, Main Street vehicles, Trail Wagons, and a load of horses (all bred to 5/8th scale... )

                  (* What is the collective noun for cars in formation?)
                  Disney FAQ#275: What is DCA?
                  DCA stands for Disney Construction Area. All the Cast Members are themed with hard hats and steel toed boots.

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                  • #10
                    Re: When did Autopia get the guide rails?

                    Where did you see the original broadcast?

                    Years ago, when the Disney Channel had Vault Disney, the kids fell asleep while watching the Disney Channel. After I put them to bed, I went to turn the TV off and I saw Ronald Reagan talking in what appeared to be an old news broadcast. Then I saw DL!

                    I sat down to watch it and couldn't believe what I was seeing. The opening day of DL! I never knew that it was on film.

                    I have since seen it numerous times (sadly not on Vault Disney anymore) and even recorded it on VHS.

                    VERY cool show!

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                    • #11
                      Re: When did Autopia get the guide rails?

                      Originally posted by monotonehell View Post
                      (* What is the collective noun for cars in formation?)
                      Traffic.

                      Also, the collective noun for old cars is "drove."
                      Last edited by The Dark Lady; 07-18-2007, 07:55 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Re: When did Autopia get the guide rails?

                        Originally posted by Zeus View Post
                        1965
                        This is the correct answer.

                        The "Mark VI" series Autopia cars were the first to use a center guide-rail...in 1965.

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