Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Test Track Refurb About to Begin

The refurbishment of Test Track in Epcot is set to begin on April 16th.  In January Disney announced what this refurb would entail.  I have broken the announcement from the DisneyParks blog into three parts with MMOM reaction following each section: 

"This new version of the attraction will transform the current testing workshop into the sleek “Chevrolet Design Center at Epcot,” where guests can become immersed in the fun – and fast – world of automotive design. Here, guests will become automotive designers and create their own custom vehicles"

MMOM Take:  Test Track is in desperate need of a rethemed queue.  With standby waits almost always exceeding 30 minutes, guests should have something to entertain them besides a mock-durability test on a passenger seat, or a video of how a steering wheel works.  Following the theme of queues like The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Haunted Mansion, it looks like this will Test Track will have an interactive component.  My best guess is computer screens set up at various point in the queue where you can design the car in pieces as you wait (think of the queue in Space Mountain only with each interactive screen having a different purpose).  If it winds up being a free for all queue like Winnie the Pooh...utter disaster. 

"Next, they’ll buckle into a six-person SimCar ride vehicle and test out their design on the challenging track of the Test Track course."

MMOM Take: Finally, some news about the ride itself, but I am sadly left wondering what it all means.  This reads like Test Track has the potential to be a completely redesigned attraction with different components to the obstacle course based on your car design (not likely), or adding an interactive video component on how your designed car would have fared in the tests, or to be absolutely the same with no changes whatsoever and just the added setup that "Hey, you are in that car you designed." 

A six month refurbishment probably means that not much will change , but at least one new or added element to the attraction itself wouldbe welcome and should be expected.   

"Afterward, guests can take a fascinating look into the future of transportation by viewing a collection of the latest Chevrolet vehicles in an all-new showroom."

MMOM Take: What time is my FastPass for Soarin'?

So what are your thoughts on what the "new" Test Track will look like.  Comment below or E-mail

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