July 23, 2007

Disneyland's Midget Autotopia???

At Disneyland, the Midget Autopia made its debut in 1957. It was the third (and smallest) Autopia track, following the Tomorrowland Autopia (1955) and the Junior Autopia in Fantasyland (1956). The Midget Autopia was located right next to the Storybook Land Canal Boats, across from the Motor Boat Cruise.

The Midget Autopia was a favorite of Very Young guests. But it fell victim to another favorite of the Very Young—It’s a Small World. The Midget Autopia closed in April 1966 to make way for a wide new path up to It’s a Small World (June 1966). The once-popular Midget Autopia was paved over.

But that wasn’t the end of the Midget Autopia. Walt Disney donated the ride to his boyhood hometown of Marceline, Missouri, where it was installed in a park named in his honor. For several years, the former Disneyland attraction operated as a ride for the children of Marceline. Unfortunately, the cars were too difficult and expensive to maintain.

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