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New Test Track 2.0 art reveals queue and design center details, Tron inspiration for Walt Disney World ride update

in Disney, Entertainment, Epcot, Theme Parks, Walt Disney World

With the official grand opening of the new version of Test Track at Epcot less than a month away, GM today has released a new gallery of photographs and concept art featuring a closer look at the design aspect of the attraction. They’re calling it “a first-of-its-kind multi-sensory virtual experience in automotive design” in a partnership between Chevrolet that began 18 months ago.

“The re-imagined Test Track portrays an optimistic view of the future, and reflects the deep collaboration between Disney and Chevrolet on both the design and the overall experience,” said Eric Jacobson, senior vice president, Walt Disney Imagineering. “It’s a thrilling attraction supported by rich exhibit displays and interactive elements that bring guests directly into the design process – with a few surprises thrown in.”

Test Track, presented by Chevrolet, will offer Disney guests a three-part experience:

First, in the ride’s queue, guests will have the opportunity to design their own vehicle – car, truck or crossover – aided by hints from the Chevrolet designers built into the process. “Designing a successful vehicle requires some careful thought about how to balance capability, efficiency, responsiveness and power – some of the key elements that Chevrolet designers must consider with every new vehicle they imagine,” said Mylenek.




UPDATE (11/12/12): The Disney Parks Blog has released additional images showing the step-by-step process that will be used to design vehicles in Test Track’s queue.

It all begins by drawing a vehicle outline, which the computer will help smooth out. Deciding shape, length and width is all part of the process.

Multiple engine types are available to choose, including Solar Drive, EV Hybrid, and Plasma Burner.

The car’s face, paint color, graphics, and wheel size and style will also be chosen during the design process.


Guests will then have the chance to test drive their vehicle design, through the ride, on track surfaces that simulate the actual vehicle validation process that Chevrolet engineers use on new vehicles. Each guest’s vehicle design will be evaluated and scored based on how well their design balanced the core attributes.

Throughout the attraction, visuals are inspired by Chevrolet’s vehicle design as seen in architectural elements and in the interactive displays; speed forms and concept vehicle displays, like EN-V and Miray, provide a glimpse into the future of Chevrolet design. Radio frequency technology (RFID) allows guests to take their unique vehicle design with them through the entire ride.

7 Comments

  1. Dustin

    Are we actually going to be forced to wait until the real opening date to see this one open? ( I know, crazy idea, but it just might work lol)

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Soft openings are always possible, but nothing has been announced.

  2. JEANY SANCHEZ

    yeah the new test track will work! I can’t wait to ride it for my birthday in January 2013!

  3. Brittany

    I understand that the Original Test Track needed a new update, but I don’t like new update. I don’t want to make my own car!! I want to ride something awesome that those amazing Imagineers came up with. Plus I don’t like the futuristic design

  4. Ronnie

    I know when they were about to open Mission to Mars, my wife and I were there. We walked by early in the day and they had signs up to stay away. Later there were 2 guys there. They were picking people at random but asked us to go for a ride. It was the best and made a great memory. I think there were more people in the control room than in line.

  5. Sam

    As much as I feel the “simcar” is a totally unnecessary component to the attraction, I do think it’s a great way to bring that “edu-tainment” to Epcot. It seems that has been a very forgotten aspect of the park in recent years, despite the fact that this was one of the original goals of the park.

  6. Ariel

    I love it!!!! It reminds me of Stark tec. and Tron combo!!! SO COOL!!!!!!! I CANT WAIT TO GO ON THIS!! But my next trip back to WDW is not till spring 2014!!! =O Thats way to far away!! But I still cant wait! =D

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