Disneyland was built in 1955. One of the original attractions was Autopia. For this ride, parkgoers could get behind the wheel of an automobile replica and cruise along a track. The track was lined with trees and other outdoor decor to emulate a relaxing Sunday Drive, a ritual that was so popular at that time.
Over the years, as motor vehicles slowly became ubiquitous, Autopia unfortunately lost a little of its appeal. Honda recently announced that they will be providing Disney with a generous donation which will allow the resort to restore Autopia to its original glory.
The cars of Autopia are already powered by Honda engines. But now with Honda’s help, Disneyland plans to update the aesthetic of the ride and also create a new, compelling storyline.
Takuji Yamada, president & CEO of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., commented on the project in a recent press release. “Autopia has brought joy to generations of families and has created lasting memories for millions of Disneyland guests…Honda is proud to sponsor this iconic attraction.”
In addition to helping out with the Autopia restoration, Honda will continue to work with Disney, with the automaker recently committing to a multi-year alliance with the resort. We can’t wait to hear more about Disney updates! Stay in touch with Union Park Honda for more.