Autopia of the Future at Hong Kong Disneyland

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.

Autopia at Hong Kong Disneyland

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.

Autopia Speedometer at Hong Kong Disneyland

Autopia Safety Notice at Hong Kong Disneyland

Autopia Journey into the Future at Hong Kong Disneyland

  Autopia Do Not Bump the Car Ahead at Hong Kong Disneyland

Autopia Take Your Imagination for a Drive at Hong Kong Disneyland

 

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.

25 thoughts on “Autopia of the Future at Hong Kong Disneyland

  1. The Tomorrowland Speedway at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is absolutely one of the rides at WDW that needs to be updated. It is still gas powered (or something equivalent) and the smell of the fumes is insane. Despite that, it is still one of the more popular attractions, although the line may be partly because of the time it takes to load and unload drivers into the cars. I would love to see it updated to electric cars. Great post, thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks! I’ve realized that not many people on Deb’s Wordless Wednesday have been to the Asian parks. Since I’ll be going back to both this year I’ll try to take lots of pictures to share with everyone.

    • It might be my fave Autopia. Up until recently it was a pretty small park so they can still pay attention to a lot of the details.

    • I don’t have the numbers to back it up but all I know is that the lineup for Autopia is always longer than the lineup for Space Mountain.

  2. I’ve never been a fan of the Autopia in Disneyland because of all that noise and smell but I can get behind this HK version with no problems. Those topiaries are cool and what a great scenic background of the mountains. You’re going back to Tokyo Disney Resort? Lucky! I’m jealous too since we loved DisneySea so much.

    • We’ve got a day planned at Tokyo Disneyland and a day at DisneySea. With a shorter stop in HK we’ll likely spend a single day mostly exploring the new Grizzly Gulch at Hong Kong Disneyland. I wonder if I can justify a trip to Paris via Orlando to see if I can get all 5 in a year?

      I just found out that Mystic Manor in HK will run on a trackless system like some of the rides in Tokyo. I wonder when the new Mystic Point land opens….

  3. Love reading about Hong Kong Disneyland because as someone who has only visited Walt Disney World, it is so great to see the differences in parks! Great pictures, thank you for sharing!

  4. Someday I will have my whole yard done with topiaries; who wants to come and install my own Autopia once it’s complete? I’m also surprised just how close the mountains are in the background.

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