PHOTOS: Newly Paved Tomorrowland Speedway Reveals Similar, Yet Shortened Track at the Magic Kingdom

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With the Tomorrowland Speedway opening back up in under a month, it’s a race to the finish line for final project completion. Most recent changes we’ve noticed as of late have leaned on the aesthetic, with bright new teal paint gracing the handrails and a new color scheme coming to the ride’s entrance/queue building. Many of you have been wondering whether this classic attraction (albeit a divisive one) would “survive” the changes being made to it, and today, we’re happy to report that the ride track, while shortened, has remained mostly the same.

We took to our favorite attraction, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, for an impromptu aerial view of the construction:

Back in January, entire chunks of the track had been removed to accommodate for Tron construction out back.

Before this, the track layout had undergone alterations in 2011 for the introduction of Storybook Circus. While this seems to be a larger alteration, thankfully the changes weren’t huge.

That back turn was shortened, but the route has remained the same.

We had some hope seeing as though they’d left some of the older trees that lined the track layout. (See the older construction photo below for reference.)

With the track layout finally paved over once again, we should be blessed with the grand re-opening of the Tomorrowland Speedway (along with the noise and noxious fumes) soon enough. The Tomorrowland Speedway is set to reopen May 18th and the TRON Roller Coaster is set to open in 2021.

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Frank
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Frank

Hopefully, New Electric cars will be installed !!!

Reffect
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Reffect

I’ve never been to WDW, but at DL I find it humorous how this attraction is part of “Tomorrowland”, yet is much more like “Yesterdayland” with the smoky lawn mower engined karts. In addition to being electric they would be better with some sort of augmented reality windscreens that perhaps time, driver inputs, and accelerator inputs aggregated throughout the ride that shows the energy impact and efficiency while attempting the best time. Declare a winner or put up a scoreboard with high scores getting some sort of visual reward or medal at the end of the ride.

Glen
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Glen

Maybe the cars will be electric.

And drive themselves without a rail.

Or at least be built with radar so you can’t ram the car in front of you.

Doug
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Doug

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover is a favorite of mine and my wife. It’s great for resting our feet, sight-seeing, and taking photos. I wish they’d bring back the People Mover at Disneyland. What great views that had.

JFDisney
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JFDisney

So, how many times did you ride the People Mover to capture all of those photos?

Tom Corless
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Tom Corless

Once

Curt
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Curt

If this ride doesn’t go faster it’s junk. They should’ve removed it altogether and added something new. Maybe I’ll try in July but if it’s the same, noooooooooo!

Bimmer Mike
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Bimmer Mike

It’s fine. It’s for kids. Adults can drive real cars. When they had the Richard Petty Experience at the Speedway, nobody was interested. Go up to Spartanburg, SC and BMWs track and drive real cars fast and properly. Best school and most fun I’ve ever had.

Davenport Florida Home
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Davenport Florida Home

I wish they would have made it longer

Michael
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Michael

Are we certain its been repaved? The concrete still looks pretty beaten up, unless its just me.

Tom Corless
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Tom Corless

Most of the back section has.

Michael Chadwick
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Michael Chadwick

These additions they’re making for 2021’s 50th anniversary are nice, but the Imagineers are missing out on some rather obvious alterations that could be made. Tomorrowland is my favorite (especially at night) but given the financial resources Disney has, there are many aspects of it which are outdated/neglected and some basic investment would improve. Tomorrowland should not be static and thus stuck in the “future” it thought of 40 years ago (despite recent paltry changes to hide this). I fully appreciate that architectural changes would be expensive, but there are several ways things could be improved there without changing the… Read more »