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Fitting Nascar into your Disney Plans

Guest Author: Heather Araskiewicz


The amazing thing about Walt Disney World is the sheer number of things to do while you are there on vacation.   With the four theme parks, two water parks, Downtown Disney, Wide World of Sports, numerous hotels/resorts and all the special events it can be overwhelming. It’s possible to spend two weeks there and still miss a lot. Due to the volume of activities it can get overwhelming when planning a trip, especially if it’s a group trip.

Quite a few of my friends both male and female are NASCAR fans. They love everything about the sport, car racing and cars themselves. Many of them have attended the Daytona 500 and while in the area have stopped at Walt Disney World.

Believe it or not, Walt Disney World has many attractions that might appeal to a NASCAR fan included its own speedway.  Guests visiting Walt Disney World might find it interesting to know that in 1995 IMS events built the track and it was designed as a venue for Indy 200 racing at Disney. It is currently the venue for the Richard Petty Driving Experience and the Indy Racing Experience.  The Richard Petty Driving Experience allows guests to either drive or ride along in a real 600hp NASCAR machine at speeds up to 120mph.  Guests interested in this experience can get schedules and pricing at:

For guests who are not interested in the real experience and who prefer to stay in the parks you too can drive a racecar. The Tomorrowland Speedway is located in the MagicKingdom and is open all guests who are at least 32 inches tall.  These gas powered cars wind through a track designed to look like the Indiana Motor Speedway.  Unlike the Richard Petty experience which reaches real NASCAR speeds, the race cars on this speedway only reach a whopping 7 mph. Perfect for our younger, unlicensed drivers.

Newly refurbished and revamped is the Test Track presented by Chevrolet at Epcot.  This attraction allows guests to design a concept car and then go for a high octane spin around the attraction.  After the spin around the test track guests can spend time participating in interactive experiences with their concept car.

Hollywood Studios is home to the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. Enjoy watching film professionals as they perform high-octane stunts while revealing their special effects secrets.  Guests are also treated to a special appearance from Lightning McQueen

In the event you book a Walt Disney World vacation planned around the NASCAR theme you might enjoy these suggestions:

–       If you have traveled to the area in an RV consider booking a few nights at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.

–       Downtown Disney is always a great destination for dinner and shopping. As you walk through the area you will notice some great places to eat. Enjoy an Argentinean Skirt Steak at Paradiso 37

–       Stop by the World of Disney and treat yourself to some “Cars” merchandise.

–       Groups who love the nightlife might enjoy dinner and cold beers at the ESPN Zone located at the Boardwalk Resort.

–       Always save at least one day to spend at the MagicKingdom. We all need a day to reconnect with our inner child!

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