Do you have a fantasy of being a cool race car driver? Do you see yourself steering the wheel of that hot NASCAR race car into flying speed as fast as 120 mph? If yes, then make it real as early as today! Experience the thrill of being a NASCAR race car driver by availing the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway. The Walt Disney World Speedway is located just past the Magic Kingdom toll plaza on the left.
This exciting treat gives you an opportunity to drive along a mile-long tri-oval racetrack while your family and friends cheer on you. You can also get the chance of driving the much coveted supercars such as the Porsche, Lamborghini, Audi and Ferrari at the exotic course. If you don’t want to drive but still wants to experience the adrenaline-rush of riding a ultra-fast race car, then just ride along as a passenger in a 2-seater while a professional driving instructor steer the wheel up to 140 mph.
For 2 ½ hours, you can enjoy riding a race car from $449 to $1229. The Rookie Experience will let you drive around 8 laps for 2.5 hour at $449, or you can aim for a much longer 18 laps (The King Experience) for the same duration for a price of $849. For The Experience of a Lifetime drive in 30 laps with the same duration, you will have to pay $1229. For the more daring individuals, try the SPEEDWAY Challenge or The Racing Experience. Both have the same length of 50 laps and will last for 4 hours. The SPEEDWAY Challenge costs $2,099 while The Racing Experience costs $2,599.
Richard Petty Driving Experience promotes thrill, but it also values safety. That is why before you can jump in the car and speed your way to the racing tracks, you will first undergo an in-car and on-track training from one of the experienced instructors. Here, you will be directed to follow an instructor’s car and look out for a flagman’s signals while driving. At the end of your training, you will “graduate” and receive a printout of your driving performance on every lap.
Before you jump up and down with excitement and head your way to Walt Disney World Speedway, make sure that you are at least 18 years old and you have a valid driver’s license. Otherwise, you can only avail for The Ride-Along Experience. It is a requirement to wear a pair of closed-toe shoes and make sure that you wear clothes which you can overlay with a jumpsuit. For the Driving Experiences, a prior reservation is required, but for the Ride-Alongs, you can just go there on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Ride-Along Experience starts at an hour after the first driving class for the day. Though the track is normally open most of the days, it can still be subject to unavailability due to testing, to bad weather, or to private events, so confirm first by making a call at 407-WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529.