Wednesday, February 24, 2016
The Disneyland Autopias were very popular from day 1, and only continued to become more in demand as the years went by, until there were (for a while) three of them operating at once.
It seems only natural that small children would be the ones who most wanted to experience the thrill of driving, but the Tomorrowland Autopia cars were just too large for them. Even the Junior Autopia (which opened in 1956), with blocks placed on the gas pedal for those with shorter legs, were too much for the younger kids. And so, on April 23, 1957, the Midget Autopia (dammit, auto-correct, I do not mean "utopia"!!) debuted.
The Midget Autopia was basically an off-the-shelf ride with twin steering wheels, and a track/bus-bar to keep the kids from losing control. A scenic, winding roadway provided pleasant views and small-scale thrills. This little red number is a beauty, and the front end has a distinctly friendly "face"!
This kid looks particularly cool. All he needs is a cell phone and some shades, he could be a movie star. The Midget Autopia lasted just under nine years, closing on April 3, 1966, when it was removed for the addition of "It's a Small World".