Monday, April 30, 2012

Test Track

Disney has recently released concept art for the new Test Track that will open up after a long refurbishment and down time sometime in the late Fall.

I loved the old Test Track.  I think that Epcot needed a thrill ride in order to stay on par with its theme park brothers.  And, in true Disney style, they didn't just make a thrill ride for the sake of making a thrill ride.  The theme was great and it fit perfectly into Future World.

The ride took you through the world of car testing.  The queue let you see various tests that cars go through during various testing phases and the ride itself put you in the place of crash test dummies as you put your car through a series of tests including a brake test, a hot air test, a cold air test and a swerving test.  All of this was leading up to the barrier test that you see in all of the car commercials.  Don't worry though, at the last moment, the barrier opened up and your vehicle flew out into a turn around the outside of the pavilion at over 60 miles per hour.

That said, I am looking forward to seeing what's next for this ride.  One of the issues that I hope they tackle is the fact that this ride is notorious for breaking down.  I remember the first year that I was down there when it opened.  We waited two hours in the queue line only to get front of the line passes for later because of the thunder storm.  It seems the ride is either too dangerous or doesn't function correctly if there is a lot of lightning around.

We went back to Epcot on our last day so we could ride Test Track.  We used our passes and got into our car.  We went up the first embankment and stopped.  They shut the ride down again and we were given more front of the line passes.

Did you like Test Track?  Are you looking forward to riding the new Test Track?

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