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Reconfigured Tomorrowland Speedway Ride-Through

Tomorrowland Speedway has reopened this weekend after getting a bit of a trim to accommodate the addition of the new TRON-themed roller coaster. The big sweeping turn section of the track closest to project had to be shortened just slightly to make room for a… Read More »Reconfigured Tomorrowland Speedway Ride-Through

Fatality reported at Walt Disney World Speedway

Major elements updated at 7pm ET: Driver’s age, vehicle, and which experience. Local news is reporting that the Florida Highway Patrol has been called to the Walt Disney World Speedway for a fatality. The speedway is home to the Richard Petty Driving Experience and the… Read More »Fatality reported at Walt Disney World Speedway

Feds Test Communicating Cars at Walt Disney World

Pixar’s Cars characters are no longer the only talking cars at Walt Disney World, the U.S. Department of Transportation sponsored a special test at the Walt Disney World Speedway last week, where cars communicated with each other to improve roadway safety. On hand was U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who received a firsthand look at “connected vehicle” technologies that have the potential to improve safety and help drivers avert crashes.

“Thanks to the efforts of automakers and the safety community traffic fatalities have reached historic lows. Despite these great strides though, more than 32,000 people are still killed on our nation’s roads every year. That’s why we must remain vigilant in our effort to improve safety,” said Secretary LaHood. “This research should bring us a step closer to what could be the next major safety breakthrough.”

Analyses by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show connected vehicle technology could potentially impact approximately 80 percent of vehicle crash types involving non-impaired drivers. Specifically, NHTSA research shows these technologies could help prevent a majority of kinds of crashes that typically occur in the real world such as crashes at intersections or while switching lanes.

I’m sure Disney finds this potentially useful technology given the size of the bus fleet they operate in and around the resort.

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Castle Star Nathan Fillion tests new Electric Vehicle

This combines two of my favorite things these days, Disney and Electric Cars. After his followers crashed the servers of electric car maker Arcimoto.com, Nathan Fillion star of ABC’s Castle, was able to get a ride in the new Pulse electric vehicle protoype. Read more… Read More »Castle Star Nathan Fillion tests new Electric Vehicle

Richard Petty Driving Experience adds Business Experience

The Richard Petty Driving Experience is adding some business team building elements to its offerings. Having done the Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Disney World Speedway, I can totally recommend how it brings people together. I can see how this new offering would be… Read More »Richard Petty Driving Experience adds Business Experience

Drive like a champion at Walt Disney World

The cars look just like the real things on the track, but they’re specially built for the driving school. This morning I had the absolute pleasure to participate in the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Resort. The two and a half hour… Read More »Drive like a champion at Walt Disney World