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Work with Disney to make Autopia a proper Tomorrowland ride.

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:36 am
by jsongster
Since one of the clear goals of selling LEAFs involves getting butts into seats... test drives and teaching folks about the joys of driving 100% electric cars. Has anyone contacted Disney about converting "Tomorrowland Autopia" from it's currently idiotic big oil sponsored gas burning go carts to something somewhat actually futuristic, autonomous, electric cars.

Have the children drive the car away from the loading area with a cute animated guide... that informs them that they can help guide the car and teaches them about the means to help a car 'see the world around it and navigate it safely'. They could start driving away and get through some tricky hazards and then hand off to the automated system to go around a few more. The cars would be unable to actually bump each other but could safely simulate it. The employees would also be safer as now they get hit by the cars occasionally.

While folks wait in line Nissan could show off the ZEOD and the other members of the Zero Emissions fleet. Also the fuel efficiency and hi tech features of the rest of the product lines. Also address the overall air quality and health benefits of ZE.

Imagine replacing the smelly, noisy, go carts with gliding mini versions of the Leaf and EV200 minivan. Ideally using scaled down vehicles (fewer cells versions of the actual EV tech) with CHAdeMO quick chargers to keep the fleet rolling). Maybe a few of the minivan models could be fully automated and set up so wheelchairs can mount to them to allow the handicapped children to ride them as has been done with the Small World boats.

Maybe at Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong they could show off the local options from Renault like the Zoe and Kangoo.

Re: Work with Disney to make Autopia a proper Tomorrowland r

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:46 am
by palmermd
jsongster wrote:
Imagine replacing the smelly, noisy, go carts with gliding mini versions of the Leaf and EV200 minivan. Ideally using scaled down vehicles (fewer cells versions of the actual EV tech) with CHAdeMO quick chargers to keep the fleet rolling). Maybe a few of the minivan models could be fully automated and set up so wheelchairs can mount to them to allow the handicapped children to ride them as has been done with the Small World boats.
This ride definitely needs an update, and adding Nissan auto-driving electric cars would definitely be more futuristic than what they have currently. Great idea, not sure if Nissan would take you up on it, but I do like it, and it would definitely sell the brand to future drivers.

Re: Work with Disney to make Autopia a proper Tomorrowland r

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:51 am
by smkettner
Too bad those Rocket Rods did not work out. I never did get to ride those.
Now with kids we avoid the Autopia due to the stink and clunky old technology.
I agree Tomorrowland resembles the 60s & 70s far more than even today.
Hopefully when the Chevron sponsorship expires the mouse will be able to reimagine this ride.
Radiator Springs is way better ride for the wait time.

Re: Work with Disney to make Autopia a proper Tomorrowland r

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:01 am
by JimSouCal
I've done indoor electric cart racing a bunch. It's fun. Although not entirely safe (in other words, not for Disneyland). We had a multi car tangle, no rules broken in particular, and my cart ended up bruising my friends rib. Back on topic, yes dump the gassers on Autopia!!! DC electric rail sponsored by a solar consortium...

Re: Work with Disney to make Autopia a proper Tomorrowland r

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:39 am
by ksnogas2112
You mean something like this?

http://extremegrandprix.com/karts.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Re: Work with Disney to make Autopia a proper Tomorrowland r

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:39 am
by ksnogas2112
You mean something like this?

http://extremegrandprix.com/karts.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Re: Work with Disney to make Autopia a proper Tomorrowland r

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:20 pm
by jsongster
In a word... NO... :(

That looks like a blast... I will surely be taking my teens to one soon...

No for Disneyland I was thinking fun for grandparents to grandbabies alike and that teaches about the real future of the post oil-agarchy, world. When Companies like Exxon run out of gas and have to start selling the battery designs they have hoarded.

We know this world is coming, sooner than most think... and we are prepping for it with viable alternatives.

Nissan and Tesla are building the future demos right now... and the charger nets have expanded greatly beyond anything we have had in the world before... the momentum is building and the Lands of Mr. Disney and the imagineers are an awesome place to massively educate and stretch the actual minds of the patrons.

I still remember when Tomorrowland Autopia was a brilliant example of the modern, interstate highway system... now it seems a leftover piece of a dystopian present.
I remember when Monsanto taught us about the micro world. How before man walked on the moon, Disney took us on a mission to Mars complete with sinking seat bottoms and a departure viewport that made us really think about that journey.

The Steam railroad and the horse drawn carriages of main street still demonstrate the past of transportation but where is the real future of it in the park. In Disneyworld Test track was GM's attempt... Now that they dumped out of it it should be reworked into more of a demo of the acceleration and feel of an electric car... cause that it is.

The Cars Land rides are themed and awesome... but the teaching and dreaming of the future happens in Tomorrowland.

Re: Work with Disney to make Autopia a proper Tomorrowland r

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:05 pm
by jsongster
Oh... and BTW... the Rocket Rods were a blast!

Re: Work with Disney to make Autopia a proper Tomorrowland r

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:45 pm
by philipscoggins
Sounds like a great idea!

My kids & I drove the stinky go karts this summer & a cool EV kart would be great!

So, anyone here work in ride design for Disney?

Re: Work with Disney to make Autopia a proper Tomorrowland r

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:48 pm
by Nubo
I went to disneyland when I was about 10, and Tomorrowland was really the only thing that remotely interested me. Well, that and the "Yippies" that took over the park that day.

They closed early for the first time ever, and began evacuating the park while my friends and I were having a great time "trapped" on Tom Sawyer's Island. Our parents, meanwhile, were apoplectic. Ah, the good old days when a pack of 10-year-olds would be set loose without supervision in a crowded public venue for hours on end. I think today parents would have their children taken away and probably face jail time. :roll: