There’s an all-new way for mini “Cars” fans to experience the world of “Cars” – at 90+ miles per hour. At the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World kids ages 6 – 13 years old (and at least 48 inches tall) can experience a junior ride along in one of the two new Piston Cup cars that look like they are straight out of the movie.
K was invited to Richard Petty last month for the ride of her life, and my Danica Patrick fan could not have been more excited. Since daddy went to work at NASCAR a couple of years ago, my girls have become huge race fans. So taking a ride in a “real” race car was more than just a thrill ride – to K it was her chance to be like her favorite racers.
Because K has always been my timid child, I worried that she would get up to the car and loose her cool. But she never did. She waited anxiously in line with the other junior riders until it was her turn, and then she suited up.
OMG – isn’t she the cutest little racer you ever did see? (This was the grin on her face as she left the track after her ride.)
This is K as she takes three laps around the track – at about 90 miles per hour.
Was I nervous? You bet! Actually, I didn’t give it a second thought until the moment she walked up to the car in that giant race suit, then I had a momentary freak out moment where I thought, “What have I done?!”
But all was well, and as she grinned from ear to ear I took comfort in a conversation I had earlier with Bill Scott, general manager of Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway. As he explained all of the special safety features he told me, “She’s safer in our cars on the track then she is in a mini van on I-4.” Which is probably very true.
This is the video I took as she speed around the track.
The Junior Ride Along experience costs $59 and is available from 9 am – 4 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Would I do it again? You bet! But next time, I want to suit up too!