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A Photo Album
New Test Track at Epcot

Test Track, Presented by Chevrolet, will have its official grand opening on Thursday, December 6, 2012. Guests who were lucky enough to be at Epcot on Monday, December 3—and I was one of them—had an early opportunity to experience the new version of the popular ride.

The track is the same. The thrilling, high-speed outdoor section is the same. But the queue, theme, ride visuals, and post-show are all very different. This time it’s not about testing, durability, and 20th century technology. It’s now about designing cars with the right balance of “Capability, Efficiency, Responsiveness, and Power.”

My opinion is that the new version is an improvement over the previous version—even though it’s not obvious how the shared Sim Track ride experience relates to the attributes of “Capability, Efficiency, Responsiveness, and Power” in the guests’ designs.

Today’s article is just a photo album. And… spoiler alert… it may show you more about the new Test Track than you want to see.

Werner Weiss, Curator of Yesterland, December 4, 2012

Updated December 14, 2012: The original Test Track, Presented by General Motors, (March 1999 to April 2012) is now also the subject of a Yesterland article.


New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Same shade structure; new banners and signage

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Warnings

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

New entrance

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Concept car at entrance

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Standby line

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Single rider design stations (left) and FASTPASS design stations (right)

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Only four choices for single riders and FASTPASS riders

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Standby line design stations—with far more design options

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Loading area

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Uploading the design

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Ready to go!

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

First hill

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

No more Belgian Blocks

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

New effect which is much better than the ABS brake test

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Efficiency section

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Still there

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Former crash wall; now the Power section

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Fun as always

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Fast as always (or faster?)

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Ride photos

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Find out how your design scored

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Top design score

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Race your Sim Car in “Give it a Spin”

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

To the showroom

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

See all the new Chevrolets

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Retail store, of course

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

Photo opportunity

New Test Track at Epcot

Photo by Werner Weiss, Dec. 3, 2002

New trash receptacles—with the World of Motion logo on the side.

 

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