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Autopia at Disneyland ParisLast updated by Adam on Wednesday, December 04, 2013 15:09
Submitted by Nick on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 10:53
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Apr 12, 1992
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Aimed squarely at younger Disneyland Paris guests, Autopia offers kids the chance to jump behind the wheel of a miniature, gasoline-guzzling Astrocoupé 9000 car. While based on the Disneyland original, the ride features a 1950s “vision of the future” theme in order to fit in with Discoveryland’s collection of retro-futuristic attractions.
The named “Autopia” is derived from “automobile utopia”, and kids can indeed drive around the circuit free of traffic jams and other inconveniences (although they may still face a lengthy queue before boarding). A number of tunnels and bridges feature on the miniature “freeways”, which take around 4 minutes to traverse.
Although the cars travel along a guide rail, drivers can control both acceleration and (to a very limited extent) steering. Although children are the target audience, adults can also drive the vehicles.Review:
Although it’s one of the most basic attractions at Disneyland Paris, Autopia can draw very large crowds. If you can persuade your children to avoid it, then do – the ride offers very little that they can’t experience at dozens of other theme parks. If you can’t, then aim to hit the ride early in the day.
On the plus side, Autopia’s theming is in-keeping with the rest of the wonderful Discoveryland area. Billboards and hoardings display advertisements for fictional “products of the future”, although you’ll be hard-pressed to force a grin if you’ve been waiting in line for an hour or more.Top Tip:
If it’s raining, put waterproof clothes on before your ride Autopia – a key design flaw of the Astrocoupé 9000 is its lack of protection from the weather.
Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures
Autopia will be closed for refurbishment between Monday, December 2, 2013 and Wednesday, December 18, 2013. These dates have been confirmed by the park, but are still subject to change. Please contact the park for official details of attraction closure dates.