After forgoing a four-hour line on New Year’s Eve, I have finally graced myself with the honor of riding the shiny, brand-new Test Track in Future World at Epcot. Don’t expect any new drops, accelerations, or even changes to the actual track. In fact, aside from the scenery, not too much has changed with the actual ride.
The changes that gave Test Track fans long faces for many months (over eight) were actually more about the waiting in line. Disney has revamped many of its more popular ride’s lines in an effort to enhance the entire guest ride experience. Recently, Space Mountain had such a face lift in its line, allowing riders to become gamers and blast and gather articles such as Mickey Ears while waiting in line. However, the enhancement to the wait in line at Test Track was actually rather a surprise since riders could look on as different parts of the cars were tested throughout different parts of the original line.
Now, guests will be given a card which they will use to create a specialized and personalized vehicle that they will later board and ride. The idea is a very cool one, more interactive, but I rather preferred being the test dummy. It seems like now the “test” part of that has been lost and we are left with, well, you know. However, kids will appreciate the video-game nature of the new Test Track and the ability to learn about things like capability, efficiency, and speed as they create their very own cars.
I cannot give you a detailed description of the interactive part of the ride, unfortunately, as my card was rejected and the feature was not properly working during my ride. Instead, I was riding in the original Test Track car through what looked to be a scene right out of Tron. I felt very confused as I saw mostly gray everywhere I looked along with lines of lime green and psychedelic hot pink. I missed the Belgian Blocks along with the brake test. During the first part in the new ride, you feel like you are going faster, but the track remains the same. In fact, you will even notice that the “dummy crash wall” is still there, it is just dressed differently than before and not presented as a crash wall.
Those of you who loved spilling your cookies from getting scared to death from that unrealistically huge semi can rest at ease, it’s still there, but now it has neon lights around it. Really, the ride has a more futuristic feel to it now, whereas before, it was just a classic. Remember, before Test Track was World of Motion-a slow moving ride that took people from the creation of the wheel to the latest automobile creations. The re-vamp of Test Track was an effort to follow in the footsteps of Walt Disney who stated, “Keep moving forward.” Were the creators of this ride successful in their futuristic additions to the ride? The only way to find out is to ride it yourself.
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