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  • On Jan 23, 2011
    Adrienne from NJ Asked

    Hi moms and dads, Does anyone know anything about the Richard Petty Driving Experience? When can we call to make a reservation?

    Hi, Adrienne! You bet we know about the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Believe it or not, that's where I learned how to drive stick. Nothing like baptism by fire!

    Last year, I suited up with Disney Moms Kay and Kaylene for the Rookie Experience. After some hands on training in the classroom, we went out to the track, donned our race helmets and queued up for our own NASCAR-style stock cars. This particular experience consisted of eight laps around the track - and YOU are behind the wheel. A pace car rides in front of you to help guide you through the experience.

    I had never driven stick before. Peer pressure got the best of me (and Kay) so we each gave it a whirl. I let Kay go first (age before beauty. SLAM!) 

    I looked pathetic right out of the gate, but after half a minute of puttering, I got the car in gear and was up in the 120 mph range in no time. It's amazing how it feels to hug a turn so tightly and not have to put your foot on the brake. The experience was awesome!

    For special offers, sign up for e-mail alerts on the website or follow @DrivePetty on Twitter. You can also call (800) BE-PETTY for additional information and to make a reservation. The track is conveniently situated near the Magic Kingdom.
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Meet the Panelist: Joel, Wisconsin

I’m the proud papa of two little pirates or princes (depending on the day!) I enjoy sharing information to help beginners with little ones - including naps, strollers, rider swaps, height restrictions, scary rides, touring plans, characters and dining. Learn More About Joel

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