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    May 21, 2010: Midget Autopia 3.0?

    Yes, there are plans to bring back the Midget Autopia at a new location to delight a new generation of children.


    Please discuss it here.
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    Re: May 21, 2010: Midget Autopia 3.0?

    Werner,

    Thanks for another great article. I'm always appreciative of people who look to the past as a way to enhance the future. Looking at the website for the museum, there's a section for becoming a museum member but nothing specifically for people who want to donate to this project. Do you know if that's going to be a possibility?

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    Re: May 21, 2010: Midget Autopia 3.0?

    Cool article. Now if only they could rebuild ATIS or Nature's Wonderland somewhere.

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    Re: May 21, 2010: Midget Autopia 3.0?

    Yes, let us know if they have a specific location we can donate to.

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    Re: May 21, 2010: Midget Autopia 3.0?

    Quote Originally Posted by Disneyland Limited View Post
    Looking at the website for the museum, there's a section for becoming a museum member but nothing specifically for people who want to donate to this project. Do you know if that's going to be a possibility?
    Quote Originally Posted by disneyfn View Post
    Yes, let us know if they have a specific location we can donate to.
    I've sent a note to Kaye Malins, Director of the Walt Disney Hometown Museum, asking the best way to donate to the return of the Midget Autopia. I know she's busy today with a large tour group, so I thought I'd post my thoughts now, even before I hear back from Kaye.

    The Walt Disney Hometown Museum is owned and operated by the non-profit Main Street USA Charitable Foundation. It's an organization of tireless volunteers who created the museum, operate it, and have ambitious plans for the future.

    The membership form is a good way to make donations. I'm a paid member. Even if there's no chance you'll get to Marcelene in the next 12 months, you can still feel good about helping. I would specify "for the Midget Autopia project" with your donation or membership, if you wish. In addition to various membership levels, there is an "Other Gift for the Museum" space in which you can specify any amount in addition to (or instead of) a membership level. See:

    Membership | Benefits - WaltDisneyMuseum.org

    If someone is interested in making a larger gift to the Midget Autopia project or any of the museum's other terrific plans for the future, I would recommend contacting Kaye Malins directly.

    Contact Us | Please Contact Us Anytime - WaltDisneyMuseum.org
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    Re: May 21, 2010: Midget Autopia 3.0?

    Before Autopia at the Disneyland Resort, existed a small race track, racecars, and several real racecars.

    Where Toontown now exists was a company called Viking Trailers. The owner had several race cars on the property. He built a small car for his son and I to drive around the now Disneyland property. (Photo below). In the background on the trailer behind the pole is the Viking Trailer Indy 500 racecar. This photo was taken about 200 yards from where Autopia is located.



    As we got older he built a 1/4 scale racecar for his son, Jimmy Caruthers. Then a small banked oval racetrack called the "Jelly Bean Bowl" This was the start of 1/4 Midget racing that is still popular today. The racetrack was featured on the ABC TV program "You asked for it".. This photo is from an early Car Craft Magazine, showing Jimmy's Viking Mobile Home Special from Anaheim, CA.


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    Re: May 21, 2010: Midget Autopia 3.0?

    wow, this seems really cool

    having a reincarnated ride for future generations is always awesome

    and thanks, Disneyland 1951, for that interesting story





    now I just have to find a way to make myself three feet tall.....
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    Re: May 21, 2010: Midget Autopia 3.0?

    Paypal donation box?

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    Re: May 21, 2010: Midget Autopia 3.0?

    We should start an official Miceage / Micechat Group donation for the return of the midget autopia at Marceline Mo.
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    Re: May 21, 2010: Midget Autopia 3.0?

    Great Ideal ,for Marceline MO.
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    Re: May 21, 2010: Midget Autopia 3.0?

    Quote Originally Posted by davebert4 View Post
    Paypal donation box?
    I'm glad someone brought this up. Werner you may consider persuading the museum folks to set up a paypal account that can receive donations for this cause. Since you do have a future article planned regarding the museum, it would be an excellent opportunity to prominently feature a donation button. I'm sure every Disney fan would get a kick out of knowing their donation big or small helped to return a vintage Disney experience to this world.

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    Re: May 21, 2010: Midget Autopia 3.0?

    Quote Originally Posted by aduecey View Post
    Werner you may consider persuading the museum folks to set up a paypal account that can receive donations for this cause. Since you do have a future article planned regarding the museum, it would be an excellent opportunity to prominently feature a donation button. I'm sure every Disney fan would get a kick out of knowing their donation big or small helped to return a vintage Disney experience to this world.
    I've traded a few e-mail notes with Kaye Malins, Director of the Walt Disney Hometown Museum.

    There will be an opportunity for the readers of Yesterland, MiceChat, and MiceAge to contribute. Contributors will know where their money is going and how it will be used. I think you can expect an easy web-based interface.

    Anyone who wants to contribute right away can use the link in post #5 of this thread. Such early contributions would probably be very useful to help launch this effort.

    Kaye and other volunteers in Marceline have remarkable energy and commitment. I really think they can pull this off.
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    Re: May 21, 2010: Midget Autopia 3.0?

    Great article. I hope that they bring Midget Autopia back. It looks so cute.

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