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  • Demolish Autopia

    Quote From Reaver:

    "I'm all for removing Autopia, but mainly because I don't like it. I mean it's fun if you can't drive, but when you drive in CA traffic, do you really want to drive some more at DL? Now if they could speed them up, maybe add some challenge to it, that would be a different story altogether. Seriously, go-carts are more fun, and twice as fast as the Autopia cars..."

    I saw this on another thread having to do with Paradise Pier's removal and DCA "horrors" in general. Reaver made a good point and one that I agree wholeheartedly with...that this attraction warrants retirement.

    In my 46 years of DL visitations I have never been on TL's Autopia. It was amazing to me when they revamped the attraction and held a re-opening like it was something new and exciting. Perhaps if you are 12-15 years of age.

    When DL was built, one of the big reasons its location was chosen was the fact that the extension of the I5 freeway was passing right by the park's main entrance. Freeways were new and exciting at that time and it's no wonder that TL got its own mini-version of them. Well, the charm has long since vanished and most of us spend enormous amounts of time trying to navigate them. That area always reeked of exhaust for years and was also very noisy. Don't know what the newer vehicles' pollutant or decibel levels are but I'm sure things have changed with EPA standards and the City of Anaheim's codes.

    I realize the pylons for the monorail are a major impediment in that area of the park and is perhaps the reason nothing has ever been done but really, that "thing" takes up an enormous amount of space. It could be better utilized for something bigger and better. Or, parceled out for several new attractions' space. What are your thoughts?
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  • #2
    I seriously doubt it will be demolished anytime soon, especially since it was overhauled not that long ago. It is definitely a favorite for kids and I am sure most of us can remember when we went from riding shotgun to getting to drive our own car. I do HATE the driver's licenses they hand out- a waste of paper if you ask me.
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    • #3
      I've thought about this before. That NE section of the park that Autopia occupies is a nice fat chunk of real estate in Disneyland that I think, sometime down the line, will be used for a new attraction/area/somethin'. That said, I acknowledge this as a kid's fave, and deservedly so; the "highway" you drive on is a great scenic ride through the "woods" and 'round the sub lagoon. So I don't see it getting "demolished" any time soon. But eventually...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dramaqueen
        ... I do HATE the driver's licenses they hand out- a waste of paper if you ask me.
        Yo DQ...

        Is it possible that you hate the licenses because you used to sweep stuff like that up all day?

        My kids love the licenses... They have won several free Chevron cars over the years, and we send them all to Mexico (with other Disneyland stuff) with a couple in our church who go down there a few times a year to bless orphanages...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SomeSayImGoofy
          Is it possible that you hate the licenses because you used to sweep stuff like that up all day?

          Its possible..... I guess I never really looked into what they were good for, apart from putting your pic in them. But those little buggers are a pain to sweep up and most people just leave them on the ground. Thankfully I wasn't in that part of the park very often

          Its nice what you are teaching your kids though- props :bow:
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          • #6
            I know I wouldn't miss Autopia, but my daughter sure would. She is 8 and the thrill of driving is not to be overlooked for someone that age, Disneyland is for the young & young at heart, musn't forget that! I try to let my Hubby go for the ride with her (driving those cars is a challenge), since it can be quite rough on the old tush! Maybe some kind of futuristic car ride would be better though, since it is Tomorrowland and those cars are the "here & now"!
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            • #7
              There is a reason why Autopia was in both FL and TL... It is a fantasy for younger people to drive and they will tomorrow... This isn't supposed to be our Tomorrow... It is theirs....
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              • #8
                Originally posted by desertdweller
                In my 46 years of DL visitations I have never been on TL's Autopia. It was amazing to me when they revamped the attraction and held a re-opening like it was something new and exciting. Perhaps if you are 12-15 years of age
                heh - never been on it but want it out?

                Anyway, from what I can see by the many happy faces when we go on this ride the *target audiecne* loves this ride. Sure, some person that is stuck in traffic all day may have no desire to partake in the fun - but tha target audience you are not.

                I do HATE the driver's licenses they hand out- a waste of paper if you ask me.
                Not a waste of paper for some

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cellarhound
                  There is a reason why Autopia was in both FL and TL... It is a fantasy for younger people to drive and they will tomorrow... This isn't supposed to be our Tomorrow... It is theirs....

                  Excellent Point! Here Here! Bravo!
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                  • #10
                    Autopia really looks dumpy and poorly landscaped compared to the South County Backroads ride at Bonfante Gardens. The Bonfante Gardens ride takes you past streams and waterfalls with exquisite landscaping. You go through a mock car wash and get pulled over by a policeman. If Autopia was redone with electric cars that moved at a constant speed like the Bonfante Gardens ride, it could probably yield a higher capacity.

                    It could be a great ride if it was redone properly.

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                    • #11
                      Kids love it and the sponsor paid for it to be there. i doubt they would rip it out completely.
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                      • #12
                        why not stay with an automobile theme but replace Autopia with a
                        Fast Tracks 'type' ride ??

                        doesn't have to be the same as Epcot's but I'm willing to bet most
                        people would be willing to part with Autopia IF this were to replace it.

                        just a thought

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                        • #13
                          I rode it when I was a kid and when my kids were old enough, they rode it. Don't take it out, improve it.
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                          • #14
                            Move to DCA- retheme it for the upcoming Pixar film "Cars" and set it in a more exciting face paced course through a mock up of California, ease up in the inihibitors that keep it slow and bamn everyone is happy.






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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ah schucks
                              Move to DCA- retheme it for the upcoming Pixar film "Cars" and set it in a more exciting face paced course through a mock up of California, ease up in the inihibitors that keep it slow and bamn everyone is happy.
                              I doubt they'll move it to DCA, but you better believe they'll hype the "Cars" film.
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                              • #16
                                They won't move it or remove it all. Walt was said to love the ride (this according to my leads while I worked on it).

                                And the whole Chevron gas spill thing under the loading station.






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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by SoCalDude
                                  heh - never been on it but want it out?

                                  Anyway, from what I can see by the many happy faces when we go on this ride the *target audiecne* loves this ride. Sure, some person that is stuck in traffic all day may have no desire to partake in the fun - but tha target audience you are not.
                                  I don't know what they've done with it but there used to be a FL Autopia for the children and the other more "adult" version. Those along with the Motorboat Cruise, made that whole end of the park a dead end for me. I'm looking at is as an antiquated attraction that occupies a very large and valuable plot of land which could be put to much better use.
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                                  • #18
                                    If you find it boring don't go on it...if you find it boring your not the target audience.
                                    that would be like me saying --I hate the sun wheel...it scares me, take it out it's a waste of space-- taking no consideration for the masses of people who love the sun wheel...will I ever demand it's departure, nope but you couldn't pay me to get back on it.

                                    my kids love autopia, personaly it's not my favorite either but I love to see their faces when the get to "drive"

                                    Disneyland is for the young and the young at heart...but it doesn't mean that every attraction is for every person.

                                    Bonfente Gardens and Legoland are targeted at children
                                    Six Flags and Great america are targeted at adults and teens
                                    Disneyland is for everyone there needs to be a balance of attractions that enchant children and wow adults
                                    procrastibating

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                                    • #19
                                      They just need to install car stereos in the cars--can you imagine it cruising through the Autopia backlot bumping Nelly "Its getting hot in hure, so take of all dem clothes." *Shakes his head a lil, bounces around in his seat*






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                                      • #20
                                        maybe they could put the cars on hydraulics- that would be more fun for the big kids
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