Three years ago I responded to a tweet from the Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Walt Disney World Resort which led to a free Ride-Along experience for myself. At the time, my daughter was only 10 years old and was not old enough to participate. She was pretty bummed and I vowed to let her ride as soon as she was old enough. Flash forward to today. My daughter is now 13. That’s her and I above (I know…she’s tall for her age) and I just made good on that promise. Although she is not old enough to do the Ride-Along (minimum age is 14), Drive Petty has implemented a new program that allows her to have an identical experience! The Junior Ride-Along program!
Junior Ride-Alongs are only $59 and are for children between the ages of 6 and 13 years old and at least 48 inches in height. They are offered during the same times as the regular Ride-Alongs and are conducted in basically the same manor.
First you suit up…
Then it’s time to head on out to the speedway for your helmet and other safety gear.
Junior Petty Power ACTIVATE!
Be sure your kids wear closed toe shoes. They will need them to participate.
The reason that the Richard Petty Driving Experience is now able to do the Junior Ride-Along Program is because they had very special child safety harness seats manufactured just for them. If your kid is too tall to fit in that seat (like mine) they can still go in a stock car equipped to handle an adult.
Next, it’s time load up…Dukes of Hazard style!
That’s right…right thru the window.
The safety inspections that the vehicles go thru borders on ridiculous. This company is fanatical about safety and they have never had any injuries out on the course….ever! I’d feel more comfortable letting my child ride in one of these stock cars with an experienced driver over a mini van on the interstate.
After everything has been checked and rechecked it’s time for SPEED!
Here’s the video footage of my daughter’s Ride-Along experience…
As you can see…she had a BLAST! If you’re on the fence about the Ride-Along, you can enter the Walt Disney World Speedway for free and spectate any time you’d like. If you’re ready to book your kid one of the most unique experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort then head on out there and tell em I sent ya! For more info visit DrivePetty.com or call 1-800-237-3889.
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