Good morning! This day in Disney history, April 3rd, 1966.
The Midget Autopia attraction in Disneyland closes to make a new larger walkway for the soon-to-open IASW attraction. First making it's debut in 1957, It was the third & smallest Autopia track following the Tomorrowland Autopia (1955) & the Junior Autopia in Fantasyland (1956).
It was the only Autopia where every car had two steering wheels. This Autopia was for kids only. And while the other Autopias looked like freeways, this one looked more like a country road. The Midget Autopia was located right next to the Storybook Land Canal Boats, across from the Motor Boat Cruise.
What happened to the other two Autopias? The Junior Autopia closed in 1958, & reopened in 1959 as the expanded Fantasyland Autopia. The Tomorrowland Autopia & the Fantasyland Autopia operated until 1999, when work began to combine the tracks into a single attraction. In 2000, the redesigned attraction opened as the “Autopia, presented by Chevron,” w/a new fleet of intelligently designed cars.
Walt donated the Midget Autopia to his boyhood hometown of Marceline, Missouri - where it operated for several years in Walt Disney Municipal Park until cost & maintenance issues lead to it's closure. Do you remember this attraction? What did you think of it?
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