14 Mar The Autopia Cars
Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Black Loop. Today we are sharing some the best attraction ride vehicles at Disney.
Ahhhhh, the open road. Feel that wind blowing through your mouse ears. Smell that buttery popcorn at a cart in the distance. Listen to the shrieks or terror from the snowy mountain over yonder. Wait, why is my car on a track? More importantly, “brakes! Brakes! Where are the brakes!” Not to worry! We are at Disneyland riding one of my favorite attractions, Autopia!
Autopia is one of the few attractions at Disneyland that has been around since opening day in 1955. Did you know that the original cars designed by Disney imagineer and legend, Bob Gurr, actually had no bumpers? After seeing the damage that was done to the cars in testing, they were fitted with bumpers. Later on, they were replaced with spring loaded bumpers. Even after these changes, they continued to have issues with collisions on the track until they added the center guide rail in 1965.
Disney Imagineer, Bob Gurr in 2013
As a child, I dreamed of the day I’d be able to get behind the wheel of a car and just drive! This is why the cars of Autopia are my favorite ride vehicles at Disneyland. As soon as you are 32″ tall you can drive! Unless you want to drive alone, then you’ll need to be 54″ tall. But who wants to drive alone? You’ll definitely want to have a co-pilot to show off your mad driving skills to. “Look mom! No hands!!!”
My dad and I on Autopia in the 1980’s
Now that I’m an adult with sweet little kiddos of my own, I love to take them on Autopia and just watch them go! Granted, these days, I make sure to take my Excedrin before getting in the car with my crazy drivers. Even though there is a center guide rail to keep us from crashing, we still hit that center guide rail…a lot! Especially when your driver can’t see over the steering wheel.
Even though I have to take my pain meds to try to ward off a migraine before getting on this ride, it is still one of my favorites and my kids love it as much as I did growing up. Hearing their squeals of delight as we bounce back and forth off of the center guide rail always brings a smile to my face. Seriously, listen to how happy my little one gets every time we jerk back and forth!
Thanks for joining us today to chat about Disneyland’s Autopia Cars! If you want to check out some more of Disney’s best attraction ride vehicles, be sure to jump back on the Blogorail loop and visit all 5 stops!
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Black | Best Attraction Ride Vehicles Loop:
- 1st Stop – Frontierland Station | Haunted Mansion Doom Buggies
- 2nd Stop – What’s the Point? | Space Mountain Rocket Trains
- 3rd Stop – Mousekatools Mom | Autopia Cars
- 4th Stop – Adventureland Pam | Jungle Cruise Boats
- 5th Stop – Disney Nouns | PeopleMover