On this day in 1959, Disneyland's Fantasyland Autopia opened. Originally known as the Junior Autopia, it was a duplicate version of the Tomorrowland Autopia. (The name Autopia is a portmanteau of the words "automobile" and "utopia.") In fact the attraction sits on the area originally used for the Mickey Mouse Club Circus.
The original Disneyland Autopia (which still runs today) opened with the park in 1955. The attraction proved to be so popular that 2 more Autopias were built.
The Fantasyland Autopia became Rescue Rangers Raceway for one year before being renamed Fantasyland Autopia again in November 1991.
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