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The New Test Track lets you play-both design engineer and crash-test dummy. You actually get to design your test vehicle and then take it through the new and improved test course.
Dad and the family loves this ride. It’s always on our to do list. We never miss it.
Photo by Michael
Classic Test Track
The new version of Test Track opened December 6, 2012. It was a major upgrade to the previous model including a whole new line area where you get to design your test car.
Photo by Matt C.
The New Test Track is located in the Future World section of Epcot. It’s on the east side right next to Mission Space. As you enter Epcot from the front, go to Innoventions and turn right. If you’re coming from Mexico, stay to the right around the old Odyssey Restaurant and you can’t miss it.
There are 2 “entrances” you can choose from for the New Test Track.
The main entrance is called the “Stand By” entrance. That leads to the regular, long, wait forever line. The line for the Stand By entrance averages about 90 minutes on a moderately busy day. The good thing is you do get to experience the whole preshow.
The other entrance is the FASTPASS and Single Rider entrance. This is the save time entrance. The best way to save time is to use FASTPASS. Get a ticket and go right to the front of the line when your time comes up.
The other time saving line is the Single Rider line. If you don’t mind splitting up your party and riding with other people (sometimes you don’t even have to split up) then you might want to try the Single Rider line. Disney uses this line to fill in empty seats. Let’s say there is a party of 4, they will take 2 out of the single rider line to fill up the 6 seats. This line is usually really short.
A design console – Photo by Ricky Brigante
The Preshow area has been totally redone. Welcome to Chevrolet’s Design Studio. Walk by some concept cars and see how lasers are used in designing concept cars. An actual GM employee talks about the design process.
Then you move into a the design area where you get an RFID card that you plug into the design console and design your car that you’ll experience inside the ride. You’ll get a few seconds to make your selections.
Then you move on to the ride area.
Looks a lot like the movie Tron – Photo by Ricky Brigante
Now it’s time to take your design and test it out. There are 4 different tests. The tests are capability, efficiency, responsiveness, and power.
In the capability test you make several twists and turns. In the efficiency area your car is “scanned” for optimum eco-efficiency. Then you enter the aerodynamic test area followed by the hyper-spectrum imaging.
The third test is the responsiveness test where you do hair-pinned turns and encounter that pesky 18 wheeler from the classic version. The final test is the power test. You accelerate right out of the building to a whopping speed of 65 miles an hour or more (which is really fun when it rains).
The New Test Track has one of the best Postshows at Disney World. Not only is their a store, there are new GM cars to see and a Design Studio where you can play games.
The “Big 3”
The New Test Track is one of the “Big 3” when it comes to Epcot Crowds. The “Big 3” are the 3 rides that have the longest lines at Epcot and if you can get through them without a wait, you’ll have a great day.
Here are some interesting tidbits –
- Check out the trash cans for World of Motion (the ride Test Track replaced)
- The turn is banked at 50 degrees. For comparison, the Daytona International Speedway’s turns are banked at 31 degrees.
When this ride opened in Epcot on March 17, 1999 after about 2 years of delays. Disney struggled with all kinds of issues at they tried to put the ride into production. There were major issues with the tires on the vehicles. This was the most complex ride Disney had ever built at the time.
|Description: Ride through a “working” automobile test facility|
|Height Requirement – 40 inches||Fastpass:Yes||Length of Ride: 5 minutes 30 seconds|
|Type of ride: Car ride|
Are You Tall Enough?
Is your child tall enough to ride to ride Test Track? Inqiring minds want to know.
You have to be at least 40 inches tall to ride in a car.
Dad also has a cool little tool to measure the kids as they grow and keep track of when they are tall enough to ride the rides. I call it Dad’s Are You Tall Enough To Ride?…
Every ride at WDW is on this chart. Mount it on the wall and keep track of the kids while they grow.
The Fine Print
Here’s some small print information
- People with high blood pressure, heart, back and neck problems may have conditions aggravated by this attraction.
- Assisted listening devices and translation devices are available at Guest Relations
- Guests must transfer from wheelchairs or ECVs to the ride vehicle
- Service animals are not allowed
- Video captioning is available on certain monitors
Dad’s Bottom Line
The New Test Track is getting rave reviews. Lines are long all day. Check it out and let me know what you think.