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Fun Find Friday

 

June 3, 2011
Location:
Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom

The Tomorrowland Speedway. It's an attraction often overlooked by veteran WDW travelers. Most guests have their first driving experience at this iconic attraction, and in return receiver their first ever Driver's License!

So what about this attraction qualifies as a Fun Find for this week? Am I revealing the hidden curves where you can strike the car in front of you and not be seen or the secret of how to keep the pedal to the metal without coming out with a sore leg?

Actually, it has to do with the picture to the left.

The attraction opened with the park on October 1, 1971 as the Grand Prix Raceway. In 1988 the attraction had a refurb to be shortened for the addition of Mickey's Birthdayland. With this refurb the name was changed to the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway.

Eventually, Disney teamed up with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and new additions were added to the attraction. Two of them will be saved for future Friday's, but today we are going to talk about the placement stand that is towering over the track in the picture to the left.

When looking at the placement stand you may notice that there are 33 possible places to be in during the race. When I first saw that I was quite puzzled on why Disney would choose such a random number (race car fans, I apologize in advance since you most likely already know the connection). After some research I realized that every Indy 500 there are 33 cars in the race (11 rows of 3 cars each).

Because of this, Disney and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway thought it would be a good homage to the Indy 500 by placing 33 different places here as well! When the name changed to Tomorrowland Speedway in 2008, the decision was made to keep these hidden secrets around for racing (and Disney) fans to find on future trips.

I know what you're thinking: "What is that orange car driving over?" Well my friends, that answer will be revealed on another Fun Find Friday!

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