The Reedy Creek Improvement District this week filed plans with the South Florida Water Management District to tear down the Walt Disney World Speedway in order to expand the Magic Kingdom's parking lot.
In the filing letter, Disney's engineer stated, "The project consists of expanding the existing guest parking lot by demolishing the existing speedway and the infield to construct the expansion. A new dry detention pond will be constructed to treat the eastern expansion while modifying the existing wet pond to serve the remaining expansion areas."
The existing pond inside the Speedway is the famous "Mickey head" pond that helped inspire the nickname "The Mickyard" for the facility. The Speedway opened with IndyCar racing in 1996, but hasn't been used for competitive races in years.
Disney in February announced the Speedway's closing for this summer. In April, the Richard Petty Racing Experience, which has been the Speedway's tenant in recent years, suffered its first on-track fatality, leading to its permanent closure.
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