Disneyland is planning on getting rid of gas-powered cars on its Autopia attraction, according to the Los Angeles Times

In comments to Times columnist Sammy Roth — who said the response came after “several weeks of my prodding the company for answers on the future of Autopia” — Disney spokesperson Jessica Good said: 

“Since opening with Disneyland park in 1955, Autopia has remained a guest-favorite most popular with young kids experiencing driving for the first time. As the industry moves toward alternative fuel sources, we have developed a roadmap to electrify this attraction and are evaluating technology that will enable us to convert from gas engines in the next few years.”

Roth’s column added that Good did not specify whether the change would be towards all-electric vehicles or hybrids. 

Autopia has been a rite of passage for Southern California kids, offering generations their first chance of getting behind the wheel of a car (albeit one stuck on a center rail). The ride was so popular in Disneyland’s earlier years that it spawned two offshots in the same park: the Midget Autopia, the Junior Autopia, and the Fantasyland Autopia, later rethemed as Rescue Rangers Raceway. The single Autopia we know today has existed since 2000 and received its last major overhaul in 2016. 

An electric Autopia has been done before at Hong Kong Disneyland. That attraction lasted from 2006 to 2016. 

Disney’s reveal in the LA Times column did not give any details on when the change would take place. It’s possible that a longer overhaul of the attraction could give Disney the space to address the abandoned PeopleMover track that weaves over Autopia.