If you look closely the emblem pictured above pays tribute to the attraction's earlier Grand Prix roots by putting "Walt Disney World Grand Prix" on the rear of each of the cars.
The premise for the attraction is still basically the same. You drive a 9 hp, gas powered car around a curving, guided, 2,260 ft. track at speeds of up to 7.5 mph.
The precursor to this ride was Disneyland’s Autotopia, which was designed when the nation’s highway systems were really starting to evolve. At the time Walt Disney wanted the attraction to help children get used to the concept of driving on a highway. By the time the Disney World version was created in 1971, highway driving was now commonplace, so they chose a race course theme for their attraction.
Because of its popularity, this is a ride that you should try to ride early in the day, before the lines get long.
Although the cars have steering wheels, the guides on the track do not allow you to go too far off course and technically, you do not need to steer much at all. The one pedal operation also simplifies the driving for children. You depress the foot pedal to accelerate and when you release it, the disc brakes engage and stop the car.
Disney World Did You Know?: The official host of the Tomorrowland Speedway is called “Al Unserbot.”
At 7.5 mph you can hardly call the Tomorrowland Speedway a thrill ride, but kids continue to love this attraction and flock to it. If you have children this is a must do attraction for your Disney World Vacation. There is that appeal of driving on a race track, no matter what the speed might be.
If you don't have children you may want to experience this ride again for the nostalgic effect and become a kid again, if just for a day.