It has been confirmed that the Richard Petty Driving Experience is closing at Walt Disney World.
“Disney has other uses for the property, and they have the right to do that, and we respect that,” said Bill Scott, who is the 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.”
No specific details have been announced by Disney what they plan on doing with the property.
Here is the official statement from Petty Holdings:
Petty Holdings, operator of Richard Petty Driving Experience and Exotic Driving Experience, confirmed that starting July 1, they will no longer operate their experiences out of the Walt Disney World Speedway. Walt Disney World has plans to use the land to make transportation improvements.
“Our main focus at this moment is taking care of our staff and preparing them for the upcoming transition,” said Petty Holdings Vice President Bill Scott. “Any reserved guests prior to July 1 will have the same fantastic experience that we have delivered since 1997 at Walt Disney World Speedway.”
Anyone booked after June 30 for Richard Petty Driving Experience or Exotic Driving Experience can call 1.800.237.3889 to reschedule their experience at any of their 14 locations nationwide – including the location at Daytona International Speedway. Petty Holdings currently has plans in process for exotics and stock car programs in Orlando.
Richard Petty Driving Experience was home to 70 employees, half are permanent employees and 12 are full-time. The remainder of the employees worked during special events. Disney is said to be working with the employees to find them jobs elsewhere.
The track is scheduled to close on June 28.
via Orlando Sentinel