Richard Petty Driving Experience to close at Magic Kingdom

Longtime attraction to close July 1, relocate in Orlando

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ORLANDO, Fla. – A longtime Disney attraction could soon be gone from the Magic Kingdom.

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The Richard Petty Driving Experience will close in July 1, Local 6 has learned. 

RPDE has plans to relocate the attraction in the Orlando area, but a specific location and time hasn't been determined.

About 70 people work at the track, which has been in operation since 1997.

Walt Disney World has plans to use the land to make transportation improvements, RPDE officials said.

The announcement comes a day after reports that Disney will raise the one-day Magic Kingdom ticket from $99 to $105 before tax.