One of the interesting quirks about Hong Kong Disneyland is that Autopia is one of the busiest rides in the park. I assume it’s because Hong Kong is so congested it makes no sense for most people to drive on a daily basis. That makes Autopia the closest many people can come to joy riding down a relatively open road.
The Autopia in Hong Kong is also unique in that it is fully electric with motor sounds played through an in-car sound system and connected to the gas pedal. The lack of exhaust has resulted in a surprisingly clean track. The ride has a futuristic theme with exotic alien-like topiaries. Billboards and signs encourage guests to “Journey into the Future” and “do not bump car ahead”. I guess that last one will still be a problem in the future. As Autopia is a Tomorrowland ride the theme makes sense.
Many people still wonder why Autopia is in the Anaheim Tomorrowland since they obviously had cars in 1955. I was recently told that Autopia represented the to be finalized interstate highway system which was not put into place until 1956 [wikipedia.org]. So technically, yes it was from the near future.
At one point Hong Kong Disneyland was the only Disney park in the world without an Autopia as it wasn’t opened until 2006, a year after the main park.
The theme for Disney Wordless Wednesday this week is Transportation. Check out Focused on the Magic for more Disney Transportation pictures and Friday Daydreamin’ hosted by RWeThereYetMom for more great travel pics.