For the past couple months, Autopia has been one of the many Disneyland attractions that are temporarily closed for refurbishment while the park undergoes some major changes and updates.
This week, however, Autopia received the spotlight when Honda confirmed its long-rumored official sponsorship of the ride in a press release on its official website:
“Autopia has brought joy to generations of families and has created lasting memories for millions of Disneyland guests,” said Takuji Yamada, president & CEO of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Honda is proud to sponsor this iconic attraction and continue our alliance with Disneyland Resort.”
Honda’s sponsorship of Autopia will include an update to the attraction’s look and storyline that has begun and will continue over the next several months. The attraction is already “Honda powered,” as the cars use Honda engines.
“The updates to Autopia provide a perfect opportunity to showcase our long-standing relationship with Honda, and we look forward to sharing the attraction with our guests later this year,” said Michael Colglazier, president of the Disneyland Resort.
Autopia is one of about a dozen Disneyland attractions that have survived since the opening day of the park way back in July of 1955, and its enduring popularity is a testament to the giddy excitement one receives from getting behind the wheel of a car (especially if the driver is not yet old enough to drive in the real world.)
Honda has also sponsored Disneyland’s nightly fireworks display and the resort’s annual Grad Night celebrations since 2005, and was responsible for the now-departed Innoventions Asimo exhibit.
Autopia is currently scheduled to reopen on Friday, April 29th.