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    Is anyone REALLY Surprised that the Autopia is on the chopping block?

    I understand that people like it and that parents like taking their kids on it, but its been around since the park opened, and they haven't really done anything exciting with it since. The cars are still loud, and stinky, the peddles are a little tough to keep pressed down for the whole trip. The center guide rail is a pain when you bang against it.

    The main compliments that people seem to give is either they want their kids to experience the same fun that they experienced when they were young, or Its a classic Disney attraction that's been around since the park opened, or Kids still love it! Honestly though, I think the main reason people like it is nostalgia. It was something they liked when they were young and they want their kids to experience it too...but it takes up a LOT of land that can built upon.

    I personally have no love for the Autopia, it hasn't been "Walt's" Autopia for over a decade so I'm not really sure where the nostalgia stems from, but I personally cant wait to see what they do with the space

    BTW, Screamscape reported this today:

    Tomorrowland Update - Rumor - (6/29/12) An anonymous tip sent in to Screamscape confirms that the word going around Disneyland is that Innoventions and Autopia are very likely to be walled off by this time next summer as they work to remove them, along with the old Peoplemover track around this area as well.
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    Re: Is anyone REALLY Surprised that the Autopia is on the chopping block?

    Is anyone REALLY Surprised that the Autopia is on the chopping block?


    NO!


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    Re: Is anyone REALLY Surprised that the Autopia is on the chopping block?

    no not really


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    Re: Is anyone REALLY Surprised that the Autopia is on the chopping block?

    Okay I'll admit that when I read Al's article I was a tad surprised. But when he claimed that the subs were also supposedly on the chopping block it made sense. Basically the subs stink and they're tied into valuable land. Chop chop.

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    Re: Is anyone REALLY Surprised that the Autopia is on the chopping block?

    As much as the kids love Autopia, I can't love it.. I think it's because I drive everyday anyway, it's just, why do I want to be behind the wheel...again!? I would love for Tomorrowland to get a whole new look...

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    Re: Is anyone REALLY Surprised that the Autopia is on the chopping block?

    Not really...

    Now the subs on the other hand, I was a bit shocked to find out about.

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    Re: Is anyone REALLY Surprised that the Autopia is on the chopping block?

    I think people will be OK with losing the Autopia if something really cool replaces it.
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    Re: Is anyone REALLY Surprised that the Autopia is on the chopping block?

    It disturbs me somewhat that everyone thinks that the Submarine Voyage maybe getting the axe. This rumor doesn't make any sense. Not after all the money Disney spent on refurbing the attraction a few years ago. And especially not after the fact the ride is still popular. Now if they have to close the Submarine Voyage temporarily while they reworked Autopia, that makes a little more sense.

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    It doesn't make sense... it makes Dollars!!! Lol

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    Re: Is anyone REALLY Surprised that the Autopia is on the chopping block?

    I am not surprised. 6 years ago my wife (then gf) and I were about to board cars on utopia, and I was talking about the burning fuel smell. My wife replied well they are cars so it’s the gas. And even though I could smell it, and it’s obvious, I kept saying, "No, there are no way they run all of these off gas, that’s so bad, and must be expensive, and a lot of engine up keep. I asked the CM who replied, yes they run on gas.

    This was 6 years ago. They have no upgraded them to electric, or hydro, or natural gas or anything??!?! (I know, Chevron was the sponsor so that wouldn't happen.) But 6 years have passed and nothing has been done?!?!

    It all makes sense now... they knew it was doomed, but why not let it soak up guests while the company is focused across the esplanade... I am so excited to see what comes next.

    Now looking at my post... it would have made for a cool ride, if they upgraded the cars to each of the energy sources I listed. You never know if you'll get the hydro car, or the electric, or the natural gas. And then you can all laugh at the one guy in your group who gets stuck with the old gas car.
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    Re: Is anyone REALLY Surprised that the Autopia is on the chopping block?

    I'm pretty surprised actually. I love the ride! Not only that but I've been a passenger to many youngin's driving this one and it's something that really puts a smile on their face just for being able to drive. Shorten the track? Change up the cars? Sure, go ahead. But I would hate to see it gutted completely.
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    Re: Is anyone REALLY Surprised that the Autopia is on the chopping block?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheriff Lightyear View Post
    I'm pretty surprised actually. I love the ride! Not only that but I've been a passenger to many youngin's driving this one and it's something that really puts a smile on their face just for being able to drive. Shorten the track? Change up the cars? Sure, go ahead. But I would hate to see it gutted completely.
    The problem is though, it takes up too much room. It would be nice to have a expierence for little ones to drive cars, but it takes up too much room.
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    Re: Is anyone REALLY Surprised that the Autopia is on the chopping block?

    Not surprised about Autopia but a little saddened even though I have only a little desire to ride it anymore. This is a very popular ride with the kids though and I would rather see it reconfigured into a denser layout rather than be scrapped altogether.
    As far as the subs are concerned I personally don't think for one minute they are going away soon.

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    Re: Is anyone REALLY Surprised that the Autopia is on the chopping block?

    I am surprised, but only because I thought Disney would never do this.

    Do I agree with getting rid of it? Absolutely!!

    It's old, tired, and worn out. It takes up a lot of valuable room.

    Again, I didn't think Disney would ever agree with me on this one, but hopefully finally it is true

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    Re: Is anyone REALLY Surprised that the Autopia is on the chopping block?

    I was not surprised, but the Subs removal was what shocked me

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