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    Talking Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    So I was at K1 Speed in Irvine the other day and I had a wonderful idea for Autopia.

    Wouldn't it be AWESOME if Autopia was turned into a Go-Kart Track? How about tracks 1/2 and 3/4 (the pairs that run more or less parallel) get turned into two LARGE tracks with no rails and some barriers (you know, standard kart tracks) and we just take electric karts around for a few laps?

    Now before you point this out, OF COURSE this won't work. Even in a few minutes of casual thought, I can think of about 1,001 reasons why this is not at all practical for Disneyland, at least not without serious modifications, but it's fun to imagine... zipping through there at 20-25 MPH instead of 6 on a slick track... a nice heat of laps and then out! Put it one good long back straight and it's perfect! The electric karts at K1 can touch 40 on the long straights.

    It would probably be easier for Disney to turn one of the parking lots into a Go-Kart track with an identical layout and scenery to the real thing behind the berm.

    I'm babbling... just a fun/silly idea that I wanted to share.

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    It's fun. But the CM's needed to flag and turn the spin outs and those stuck in tires would be too much for Disneyland.
    Love K1 tho.

    my imagining of Autopia is to remove it completely along with the subs and introduce something magical and a bit much more higher tech and worth a ticket JUST to wait in the line for. Lol

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    Quote Originally Posted by DJS View Post
    It's fun. But the CM's needed to flag and turn the spin outs and those stuck in tires would be too much for Disneyland.
    Love K1 tho.

    my imagining of Autopia is to remove it completely along with the subs and introduce something magical and a bit much more higher tech and worth a ticket JUST to wait in the line for. Lol
    Oh are you kidding? People bumping into the barriers would be the LEAST of their problems. In order for something like that to realistically work the Karts would have to slow down to Boomers-speeds. All in all it's a fun idea but it'd be a logistical nightmare when you consider how they'd have to arrange the ride to move a lot of people through it. Then consider all the ways that people disobeying ride instructions and safety could injure themselves and you'd have, um, somewhat of a liability.

    I think Autopia at the very least needs a huge tech upgrade. The Subs I like and are OK for now even if they don't quite fit the theme of the land that well.

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    There are the canoe races in the rivers of America
    now the go cart races in The parking lots

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    Quote Originally Posted by mratigan View Post
    There are the canoe races in the rivers of America
    now the go cart races in The parking lots
    This is a great idea. Turn Autopia into a parking lot!

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    Quote Originally Posted by ohmyjustin View Post
    This is a great idea. Turn Autopia into a parking lot!
    Even better, turn it into a uber exclusive "hotel of the future" w/rates starting at $3200 a night. Balconies facing Matterhorn, space mountain and small world....

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    My local family fun center has a go cart track. Sometimes the Walmart parking lot has a go kart track. There would have to be something insanely special about this go kart track for Disney to justify it.

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pizzapants View Post
    My local family fun center has a go cart track. Sometimes the Walmart parking lot has a go kart track. There would have to be something insanely special about this go kart track for Disney to justify it.
    And yet, it's an insanely slow, outdated, dull slot car ride as it stands now. Zzzzzz.
    Bulldozer it.

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    Quote Originally Posted by DJS View Post
    And yet, it's an insanely slow, outdated, dull slot car ride as it stands now. Zzzzzz.
    Bulldozer it.
    Yeah I'm fine with that too.

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    Quote Originally Posted by DJS View Post
    Even better, turn it into a uber exclusive "hotel of the future" w/rates starting at $3200 a night. Balconies facing Matterhorn, space mountain and small world....
    That might be a good idea for something where Innoventions stands... use the foot print of the building and just make it a little taller with balconies only on the side facing into the park, and have the "core of the building (lobby and such) towards the back end.

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pizzapants View Post
    My local family fun center has a go cart track. Sometimes the Walmart parking lot has a go kart track. There would have to be something insanely special about this go kart track for Disney to justify it.
    Agreed. Question is - what could they do?

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    The Karts could be themed to an outdoor real life version of Mr. Toad.

    You could run over fences, through buildings, scatter a flock of AA sheep etc, and generally wreak havoc through a richly themed countryside setting!

    Just sign this 10,000 page legal waiver, and off you go!

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    Quote Originally Posted by DJS View Post
    And yet, it's an insanely slow, outdated, dull slot car ride as it stands now. Zzzzzz.
    Bulldozer it.
    I had thought that too, until I rode them again this past week. My son and wife were in the car ahead of me. His face was beaming...he's almost 3. He was SOOOO excited to be driving. As for me, I barely fit in the car, but I was pleasantly surprised I hit the barrier way less now that I'm 44. lol Seriously, this is still a great bit of fun.

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pirate Lover 68 View Post
    I had thought that too, until I rode them again this past week. Seriously, this is still a great bit of fun.
    I made a point of riding it when all the doom and gloom discussion started since I wouldn't want it to disappear without one last spin and -- surprise, surprise -- it was fun and I went back another couple of times. Where else can I drive on the British side?

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    Man I like the way you think. That would be a blast that track would be insane going around at 50 mph. They could have a celebrity to kart race every year fun idea.

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