New Test Track at Walt Disney World's Epcot Gets an AWhit Honea
Finally, the good people at Disney and Chevrolet have teamed together to bring the world a test that is fun to take and without the numerous anxieties that so many of us face when preparing for the big exam. Of course, Disney’s re-imagined thrill ride Test Track in Epcot Park at Walt Disney World Resort comes with its own anxieties (see, thrill ride), but they tend to be the good kind.
The new spin on Test Track puts guests in the designer seat by letting them create their own virtual custom-concept vehicle from a number of choices and possibilities presented in the ride’s line.
Among the decisions that guests may make are performance attributes: capability, efficiency, responsiveness, or power; length, width, height, and engine size; and the aesthetics of grill, wheels, paint, and other accessories. The final result is a very unique car to each rider (or collective group of riders if that’s your thing).
Each guest is given a card that they must hold throughout the interactive queue (note, the Fastpass line option provides guests only a basic version of the interactive design) and ride on which they will store the car they create. There is also an additional post-show area (that means “after the ride”) where they can play various games and view “commercials” featuring their own vehicle by placing said card on one of the sensor-activated computer consoles. It’s pretty fancy.
The ride itself is a series of tests (hence, the name) to see how the respective vehicle designs created by the new guests (the ride vehicle is a 6-person “SimCar”) fare in various situations, and then they are ranked accordingly. Obviously, bragging rights plays a big role.
The final test shoots riders along a curvy road at speeds up to 65 mph, with the top down, because that’s how they roll in sunny Florida.
Test Track is a lot of fun, and while my boys loved the original version I know that the new interactive aspect involved, not to mention the Tronesque sensory additions of the re-imagined ride, will soon rank it among their favorites.
Now if they would only get as excited about spelling tests.
Photos by Disney/Ali Nasser
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