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Re: Work with Disney to make Autopia a proper Tomorrowland r

Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:35 am
by mikeEmike
After reading this post a while back, I decided to try out Autopia the next time I was at Disneyland, which was yesterday. I can see what other posters were complaining about, regarding the exhaust. On a bright note, there was a sign that says Disney is currently researching the use of hydrogen to replace gasoline in the Autopia ride. The sign was cleverly placed right over the where the exhaust fumes are their worst, on the bridge over where the riders board and exit the ride. I'm not sure if that's just lip service, or if they're seriously contemplating it. If they decide to keep the Autopia ride open, hopefully they will use the opportunity to convert over to some alternative fuel to help carry on the original vision of Tomorrowland. The ride in its current state belongs in Frontierland.

Re: Work with Disney to make Autopia a proper Tomorrowland r

Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:21 pm
by eclecticflower
Sounds like the go-karts we have/had at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri (never been to Disneyland). I worked there a couple seasons in the late '70s when I was 15-17 in Ride Operations (you could work extra shifts anywhere in your department, eventually working all rides). We had 2 kinds of go-kart rides: LeTaxiTour (in the Europa section):

http://www.worldsoffun.org/explore/Ride ... 2&ParkID=1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

and the Safari cars (in the Africa section):
http://www.worldsoffun.org/explore/Ride ... 8&ParkID=1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

My ears would ring long after I was off work. I could never rid my mind of the constant combustible engine noise; I'd hear it even in my sleep (shudder :( ). An electric ride would be so much better.

Re: Work with Disney to make Autopia a proper Tomorrowland r

Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:54 pm
by JimSouCal
mikeEmike wrote:After reading this post a while back, I decided to try out Autopia the next time I was at Disneyland, which was yesterday. I can see what other posters were complaining about, regarding the exhaust. On a bright note, there was a sign that says Disney is currently researching the use of hydrogen to replace gasoline in the Autopia ride. The sign was cleverly placed right over the where the exhaust fumes are their worst, on the bridge over where the riders board and exit the ride. I'm not sure if that's just lip service, or if they're seriously contemplating it. If they decide to keep the Autopia ride open, hopefully they will use the opportunity to convert over to some alternative fuel to help carry on the original vision of Tomorrowland. The ride in its current state belongs in Frontierland.
Hydrogen is, as many know here, problematic on many levels. If they wanted more now, why not CNG? And I really think electric would totally work better than lawnmower engines... BTW, thanks for the firsthand report.

Re: Work with Disney to make Autopia a proper Tomorrowland r

Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:51 pm
by jsongster
Seems the disney insurance folks might pause at the thought that highly pressurized vessels full of explosive material. More likely, little battery powered cars silently gliding around on the roadway.

Re: Work with Disney to make Autopia a proper Tomorrowland r

Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:44 pm
by JimSouCal
jsongster wrote:Seems the disney insurance folks might pause at the thought that highly pressurized vessels full of explosive material. More likely, little battery powered cars silently gliding around on the roadway.
I am with you on the electric, but really, gasoline is pretty darn dangerous too. BTW, Disney is self insured, and owns the judges in Orange County as evidenced that almost everybody settles rather than risk a day in court (so I am told by my highly competent personal attorney).

Re: Work with Disney to make Autopia a proper Tomorrowland r

Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:25 pm
by widgetboy
The autopia in * Hong Kong* Disneyland uses battery electric cars. The cars have speakers which simulate ICE noise. The ride is sponsored by Honda.

Re: Work with Disney to make Autopia a proper Tomorrowland r

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:45 am
by jsongster
Come on Renault/Nissan... maybe add in Mitsubishi... sponsor Autopia... use the electric cars from Tokyo... mod them with anticollision HW and SW... make it amusing simulate bumping on ride with the brakes... without ever letting the cars actually touch.

What a great way to promote Electric Vehicles. Tomorrowland, 15 minutes in the future... like Max Headroom.

Re: Work with Disney to make Autopia a proper Tomorrowland r

Posted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:09 pm
by widgetboy
I corrected my earlier post. It's Hong Kong Disneyland, not Tokyo. Story still applies. :-)

Honda Sponsors the attraction, not an oil company.