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  • [Question] Will Radiator Springs be the end of Autopia?

    Autopia may have been one of the rides to open with the park back in '55 but common consensus from the boards is that it's one of the least magical rides in the park. Kids may love it but without a doubt, they love the movie Cars more. And if they don't, they'll love a much more themed and much bigger track to ride upon. And if not that, people will tend to go for the newer designed cars to test out that are years ahead of Autopia's old and stinky cars. With the ride being rumored to be the "most expensive ever built" with a budget of $200 million -- do you think Radiator Springs will eventually cause the downfall and possible closure of Autopia?

    My guess, in many ways, yes. Once that technology is tested out, even though it is in a different park, people will forget Autopia even exists. Once the ride opens, I predict Autopia's days of filling that queue ever again will be over. Some will take advantage of this time and go in the "15 minute wait time" that Autopia will forever be plagued with. Then slowly but surely, dwindle down to pretty much nothing other than APers trying to catch a little glimpse of their past before it is gone. That's just my prediction! Yours?

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    Re: Will Radiator Springs be the end of Autopia?

    I don't think RSR will be the end of Autopia. If anything, RSR may be a good thing for Autopia. There is a fundamental difference between the two rides: RSR is passive, Autopia is active. On Autopia, you are driving and giving it the gas. You are more or less in control of the car, if not the ultimate path it takes. With RSR you have no control at all. You are a passive observer. This is largely the draw that Autopia offers and has done for many many decades. It will continue to have this draw even after RSR opens.

    What is likely to happen is an upgrade to the ride. Hopefully a massive top to bottom overhaul. New, over-the-top themeing, new vehicles (rumor was that Honda was going to take over with electric cars after Chevron's sponsorship ran out), new queue.

    One possibility is Tron. There has been mention of more than one Tron attraction coming to Tomorrowland. The trailer for the movie has a VERY brief glimpse of a "car" like vehicle. Autopia could easily be made over into this type of attraction while still leaving you semi in control of the vehicle. It would make it more futuristic and allow them to tie that little corner of Tomorrowland into the rest of the land a little better than it currently is.

    Or there have been numerous other ideas of re-themes to Autopia mentioned in the past on this board. I've seen lunar rovers mentioned even. So no, I don't think RSR will kill Autopia. The competition could actually make Autopia more popular than ever, and if the powers that be are astute and smart, they will have realized this too.

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      Re: Will Radiator Springs be the end of Autopia?

      I agree that with RSR and Autopia being very different rides, Autopia will continue to maintain it's long queue lines! Besides there are alot of people who will continue to visit the one park (Disneyland) and won't venture over to DCA which I am sure will change once all the new additions are completed at DCA which will suck for me as a Premium passholder, I often escape the crowds of Disneyland for a much more casule and less cluttered afternoon at DCA.

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        Re: Will Radiator Springs be the end of Autopia?

        No it won't be the end of autopia. They arn't really that similar. With Autopia you are the driver.

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        • #5
          Re: Will Radiator Springs be the end of Autopia?

          I think alot of people are thinking that you are driving the car like autopia. RSR is like test track and rocket rods. Disney is going to try to advertise RSR so people are not disapointed when they figure out that you can't drive the car.
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          • #6
            Re: Will Radiator Springs be the end of Autopia?

            But it's still very much apples and oranges. You're comparing the two just because they're themes are based around automobiles? The experience of each one is still completely different. That's like saying (back in the day) is Space Mt. gonna kill Matterhorn or is Big-Thunder going to kill Space Mt. when they were all coming out, based just on the fact that they're all roller-coasters? They are all unique trips just like Autopia and Radiator Springs Racers, totally different.

            If you want something more comparable to RSR (imo based on what I've gathered in reading about the Racers) it sounds like Indy is going to be more in the same ballpark than the two you've suggested. Even though those are still absolutely differed from one another.
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            • #7
              Re: Will Radiator Springs be the end of Autopia?

              As mycroft16 pointed out, the Autopia is an interactive attraction. I don't see a comparison/competition between Autopia and RSR anymore than I see one between Autopia and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride...or even Autopia and Indy. On Autopia you have limited steering capabilities and full control over the throttle and brakes. And, if you're young and tall enough, You can get a car all to yourself! I am 46 and I still remember my first solo drive. It was a serious "coming of age" event for me. Radiator Springs Racers will be a ride that, once you board, will go through it's cycle even if you fall asleep at the wheel. Not that THAT'S ever going to happen! In that respect, it's no different from any of the other dark rides.
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                Re: Will Radiator Springs be the end of Autopia?

                AH! There is the problem. I thought RSR was going to be drivable and from what I was reading, that that was one of the main case in points for why it'll be such a great attraction. I am now less excited for the ride.

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                • #9
                  Re: Will Radiator Springs be the end of Autopia?

                  Plus RSR will probably have a height requirement, so the younger kids couldn't ride it anyways.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Will Radiator Springs be the end of Autopia?

                    I believe that RSR will be a sort of GM Test Track/Indy hybrid. While I am not sure, I seem to remember hearing something about each car experiencing some randomly programmed movements (stops, starts, etc.) that could be slightly different each time you ride. However, each "car" will be connected to the computers the entire time and letting the riders have any control over the speed or stoppage of the car (ala Autopia) will have horrendous effects on the ride's capacity. And seeing that this attraction will be the "must ride" for years to come, I don't see the Imagineers giving any control of the car over to the riders. At least nothing that could affect the hourly capacity. Especially if that effect means less riders per hour.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Will Radiator Springs be the end of Autopia?

                      Not at all. Test Track was not the end of Autopia in WDW, and I don't expect any different in Anaheim.

                      They are different rides with different experiences and different appeal.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Will Radiator Springs be the end of Autopia?

                        I don't think that it marks the end of Autopia but it will hopefully provide a much needed distraction so that maybe Autopia can go down for a six month overhaul.

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                          Re: Will Radiator Springs be the end of Autopia?

                          ^^Amen to that idea

                          Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. mycroft16 on Twitter

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                          • #14
                            Re: Will Radiator Springs be the end of Autopia?

                            Originally posted by WestsideCM99 View Post
                            I don't think that it marks the end of Autopia but it will hopefully provide a much needed distraction so that maybe Autopia can go down for a six month overhaul.
                            Sounds like a plan!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Will Radiator Springs be the end of Autopia?

                              ..seriously, I want my electric cars, repaved roadway, and theme upgrades pronto!

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