One of the coolest new additions to Disney’s Epcot is the newly renovated Test Track (or Test Track 2.0), new for 2013! Sponsored by Chevrolet, the newly designed Test Track opens up new doors for riders of all ages. The re-imagined attraction adds exciting new elements making the new Test Track even BETTER than the original!
Test Track 2.0 at Epcot
Compared to the previous design of Test Track, the new design provides an exciting interaction feature: designing your own car. Riders make their way into the design lab and partner up to work at touch-screen featured design stations, where they experience the new interactive element of Test Track. From the shape of the body to spoilers and jet engines, riders can take their imaginations and create almost infinite possibilities of different test cars, and their designs are loaded from an electronic card and synchronized with the ride.
See how your car stacks up against the competition
The cars have statistics based on Capability, Efficiency, Responsiveness, and Power, and when riders get to the track itself and enter the test cars, their designs are put to the test on the new and futuristic test track. Similar to the original Test Track, the ride is broken up into different tests on the four different stats, and riders are thrown into a topsy-turvy ride of dodging trucks, speeding around curves and trees, braking hard, and most of all, intense speed. As the car goes through each test, each design is graded on a point scale from 1 to 100 in each category, and ranked among the other designs in the car with the other riders, which adds a fun element of competition within the vehicle.
The fastest ride at Walt Disney World!
Riders still get the high speed experience that Test Track is known for, riders speed around the outdoor track at speeds up to 65 mph, which makes it the fastest attraction in Walt Disney World! At the end of the high speed adventure, riders get to see the final tally of their points and how they matched up with riders of the day. The highest ranked cars are displayed on the big screen just after riders exit. After that, riders can visit the showroom where the hottest GM cars of the year are displayed for photo ops. You’ll also see information about the upcoming auto developments for Chevrolet and General Motors.
Design and test your own car!
Another cool feature about Test Track is a mini feature with the cars riders design; after the ride, riders load their designs to a computer and race them on a mini track in a computer. All of these new features make Test Track currently the most popular ride at Epcot, so riders have to be quick to get in line or fight for their FastPasses!
Test Track design studio
There’s been much debate about whether or not Test Track 2.0 is better than the original. Many people admire the new futuristic look, but enjoyed the more realistic approach to being on a test track in the original ride. The customization of the designs of cars is hugely popular, but so was the feel of being a human crash-dummy in the original. All in all, I love the new Test Track, and I favor it over the original because of the imaginative aspects it brings to contribute to what Epcot offers. Many people commented on the design saying it resembled TRON, but the futuristic aspects make the ride way more enjoyable for me. Whichever version of the ride you prefer, riders will agree that Test Track will continue to offer thrills to riders of all ages!