Tomorrowland Speedway at Magic Kingdom

The Tomorrowland Speedway at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is an attraction perfect for anyone not old enough to drive! This mini race track offers children the opportunity to drive real, gas-powered cars.

While adults probably aren’t crazy about taking a ride down the track, the kids love it! What kid doesn’t want to drive a real car?

This article discusses Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland Speedway in detail. We’ll look at the best times to ride this attraction, Lightning Lane, and the height requirement.

So climb in the passenger seat and buckle up!

The table below goes over specific information you need to know in advance for the Tomorrowland Speedway.

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Height Requirement:

32″ (To Ride)
54″ (To Drive)

Eligible for Genie+


Ride Type:

Drive a car around a track.

Seats Per Vehicle:
Two per car

Rider Switch:


Good For:


Scare Factor:


Must-Do List:

High for children
Low for adults

Perfect For:

Kids who want to drive a car!

Special Mention:

Parents, if your child is old enough to ride alone, you can walk up the
stairs at the ride exit and sit in the stands.

Tomorrowland Speedway at Magic Kingdom

When Walt Disney came up with the original concept for Tomorrowland Speedway, he knew it would be a hit. Since its initial conception, the attraction has become a favorite children’s pastime.

The cars on the Tomorrowland Speedway are simple, featuring an actual steering wheel and gas pedal.

If your child wants to drive and can’t quite reach the gas pedal, parents can stretch their foot over and help out.

One thing you’ll want to know in advance is that the Tomorrowland Speedway is entirely outdoors. So make sure that you are prepared to stand in the direct sun if the wait time is long.

There are two lines for the Tomorrowland Speedway. One line is primarily standby, while the Lightning Lane is allotted for those with Genie+.

If you purchase Genie+, you can elect to select Tomorrowland Speedway as one of your Lightning Lane options based on availability. If not, you might consider the following best times to ride the Tomorrowland Speedway:

  • Ride the Speedway earlier in the day before wait times rise, typically before 11:00 a.m.
  • Experience this attraction in the evening after sunset.

It’s important to note that all guests must be 32″ in height to ride the Tomorrowland Speedway. Guests who are at least 32″ may also drive their own cars as long as they are accompanied by someone who is at least 54″ in height.

However, guests must be 54″ in order to be eligible to drive their own car.

Once you get down to the loading area, a cast member will assign you a number where to stand. When the next car arrives at your gate, the guests will exit, and you will board.

Each car has a fabric strap safety belt that covers the entire seat of the vehicle. This strap stretches across both laps and clips in the middle.

A cast member will come by and make sure you have fastened the restraint. After that, they will direct you to take off down the track.

If you have ridden the Tomorrowland Speedway prior, you might notice that the track has been shortened in recent years. The shortening is due to the addition of Tron, which you should be able to see pretty well from different points of the ride.

I always enjoy seeing the different views of Tomorrowland from the Speedway. It’s fun to look up at the Peoplemover.

And remember not to bump into the car in front of you.

As noted in the table above, there is a set of bleachers where parents can wait if their child is old enough to drive alone. Here’s where I insert my “know the rules” script to remind you.

Don’t worry. They’ll be fine.

But whatever you do, please don’t forget that the Tomorrowland Speedway ride is a big deal to most children, even if it’s not to you. And we were all children once, right?

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Do you plan on taking a spin around the Tomorrowland Speedway on your next Disney vacation? Leave a comment below and let us know if this is a must-do or a skip!

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