Test Track is an attraction in Future World at Epcot. It soft-opened on December 19, 1998 after long delays and officially opened March 17, 1999. Originally slated to open in May of 1997, Test Track puts guests through the tests that a prototype General Motors automobile would normally go through.On April 15, 2012, Test Track closed for a massive overhaul, reopening in November of that year, with the attraction now sponsored by GM's Chevrolet division. The ride officially re-opened in December 2012. Its original realistic, industrial theme was replaced, instead placing guests in a "SimCar" being tested inside a computerized, digital "SimTrack," with a visual aesthetic that has often been compared to that of Tron: Legacy.
General Motors economy was hitting a slump. Car sales were going down, and they could only afford to sign 1-year contracts with Disney to sponsor their Epcot attraction World of Motion. However, the GM executives lobbied the idea to close World of Motion to receive a rehabilitation into a thrill ride focusing on only cars. The Disney executives liked that idea as well, and on January 2, 1995, World of Motion closed its doors to the public.
The rehab was supposed to take place in a 16-month period. In the new ride, guests would be put through the tests a crash test dummy normally went through. However, the ride was forced to open 19 months late for problems in the technology used to power the ride. The exterior track was supposed to be able to hit 95 mph, but due to Florida's speed limit being 65 and the steep banking of the corners, the top speed was lowered, causing much more testing to occur. There would have also been a section where the car's tires would lose traction, but this ate the tires up, and it had to be removed, causing new construction and more delays.
Finally, on December 19, 1998, Test Track opened to the public on a soft opening, and officially opened on March 17, 1999.
In April 2012, Test Track closed for an overhaul. Sponsorship shifted from General Motors to General Motors' Chevrolet division, and the attraction will only focus on vehicles produced under the Chevy brand.
The ride officially re-opened on December 6, 2012 after receiving its rebrand.
The queue features a timed section in which you can design your own car on touch-operated screens. The timing of this section is determined by how busy the attraction is at that time. Riders receive an RFID card shortly before entering the design studio, which has to be scanned shortly before boarding one of the ride's actual sim-cars. The card can then be used after the ride to play games in the "Chevrolet Showroom", which allows you to race your personally designed car against other riders.
After riders board the sim-cars and the seat belts are fastened, the car that they designed will undergo four different tests: capability, efficiency, responsiveness, and power. In the capability test the car first connects toOnStar, then accelerates past a rain/snow projection and skids out of control. Next, the continuing path disappears and the sim-car turns around to speed up again. A short time later, the sim-car makes a sharp left turn as a lighting bolt strikes. The car then passes by a futuristic city. Following the capability test, the results of which car designs scored the best in the test are displayed. The sim-car then begins the efficiency test. In the first part, the sim-cars are scanned for "optimum eco-efficiency". The second test performs an aero-dynamic test on the vehicle. Finally, a "hyper-spectrum imaging" takes place. Again, after the test is complete, the best scores are displayed. The third test, responsiveness, is next. The sim-car accelerates around hairpin turns with laser-projected trees. It then enters a tunnel to encounter the 18-wheeler from the original version though it is now shown with lasers. When the vehicle exits the tunnel, the results for the responsiveness test are displayed and all of the test icons are displayed. The final test is power where the sim-car stops for a moment then accelerates through flashing purple arches to a wall with the ride's logo on it leading to the outside portion of the ride. As the sim-cars speed is increased, it makes a right turn, followed by a wide left, a straight section, and one final long left turn. When the test is complete, the vehicle returns to the loading station where the next riders board.
- Grand opening (original): March 17, 1999
- Soft opening: December 19, 1998
- Grand opening (new): December 6, 2012
- Construction started: September, 1995
- Designer: Walt Disney Imagineering and General Motors Engineers
- Sponsor: General Motors
- Top speed: 65 mph
- Track length: 2,486 ft
- Show building area: 150,000 sq. feet
- Height requirement: 40"
- Ride duration: 5:04
- Previous attraction: World of Motion
- Ride system: High speed simulated vehicle test track
- Actor John Michael Higgins is featured in video sketches throughout the ride
- Extra Options: This ride is featured with both Single Riders lines and Fastpass lines.
- Opening three years later than scheduled, Test Track claims the record for the most delayed attraction in Disney parks history.
- Test Track holds the title for the fastest Disney attraction (registering at a top speed of 65mph) and the longest ride track length.
- At an estimated cost of $300 million, Test Track is the most expensive theme park attraction in the world.
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