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Disney World's Richard Petty Driving Experience Closing

Disney World's Richard Petty Driving Experience Closing

In late June, the Richard Petty Driving Experience will take it's last lap to make room for transportation improvements.

While Disney has not released more information on what type of "transportation improvements" are in the plans, there are rumors that this could be the begging of a northern entrance to the Disney World property.

"Disney has other uses for the property, and they have the right to do that, and we respect that," said Bill Scott, executive vice president of attractions operator Petty Holdings LLC. "It's not without some sadness that we leave Walt Disney World Speedway. We had a great home here."

The closure comes at the cost of 70 castmember jobs, half of which were permanent positions. Disney said it will  try to find workers jobs elsewhere in the resort.

The Richard Petty Driving Experience was built in 1995 by IMS Events, Inc., a subsidiary of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation, and was designed primarily as a venue for the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World, an Indy Racing League event.

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