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Is the Tomorrowland Speedway Finally Getting Ready to Close Forever?

Rumors have been flying like crazy this week, and with the D23 Expo just a few days away, it looks like even more are circulating. Yesterday, WDWNT reported that they had heard from their own sources that the TRON roller coaster that has been incredibly popular at Shanghai Disneyland would indeed be coming to the Magic Kingdom, and that this project would be announced this Saturday during the Disney Parks panel at the D23 Expo. They go on to say that this new attraction will open at the Magic Kingdom just before the park’s 50th anniversary with construction beginning sometime next year.

Though Disney has not yet confirmed this development, if the Tron Roller Coaster is coming to the Magic Kingdom in the near future, it would mean the end for one of this park's most classic attractions...

Has time finally run out for the Tomorrowland Speedway?

Image: Disney

It's no secret that the Tomorrowland Speedway isn't exactly the hit it once was. Though this slow moving, drive-it-yourself attraction may still be a hit with the single-digit set, this ride feels pretty dated to most guests, especially in Tomorrowland, which is supposed to bring guests into the future. After all, it's unlikely that anyone at this point imagines any kind of future will include gas-powered go karts. 

Now while criticisms have been levied at this attraction for years, many thought that Disney would never actually get rid of this attraction, as it was actually an opening day attraction at this park, and has a sort of cult popularity among Disney fans. However, while pure nostalgia may be keeping other Magic Kingdom opening day attractions around, there's something very specific working against the Tomorrowland Speedway: it's size. 

Tomorrowland Speedway

Image: Disney

If you look at an overhead map of the Magic Kingdom, you might be startled to realize that the Tomorrowland Speedway takes up nearly as much land as the Peoplemover, Space Mountain, the Carousel of Progress and the Astro Orbiter, combined. And for the space they only get one attraction, with medium capacity. However, by leveling this attraction and putting a Tron roller coaster in its place, Disney could get a lot more bang for its buck here in terms of real estate, which is one of the big reasons this rumor has gained a lot of traction over the past few days. But that's not the only reason...

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There are 3 comments.

Would love this! As iconic as the Speedway is, the noise and smell of burning gas have me standing clear of this area. Tron or even a Cars themed attraction would be great here! At this point, it's hard for Tomorrowland to really live up to it's name...especially with "Future World" at Epcot just a monorail stop down the road.

I would rather see TRON in Epcot Future World. With that said, I would love to see any good ride or rides replace the Speedway. You can find a Go-Karts anywhere in the U.S. and the amount of land it takes up is crazy.

I dont care what they put there. It's long past due to update this ride and he rest og tomorrow land.

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