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Epcot's Test Track to reopen following Chevrolet makeover on December 6, 2012Submitted by Nick Sim on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 15:36
Walt Disney World has confirmed that Epcot's Test Track will reopen on December 6, 2012, complete with Chevrolet branding and new interactive elements.
Test Track has been closed to the public since April 16, in order to enable a series of changes to be made to the ride and the preceding queue line. The main focus of the updates is the "Chevrolet Design Center at Epcot", which will replace the workshop-themed waiting area and become part of the overall experience.
Opened in 1999, Test Track takes guests through a simulated set of tests on a new car. It sees guests seated in mock vehicles as they traverse a set of low-speed indoor tests before racing at speeds of up to 65 miles per hour around an outdoor section. The ride itself will remain relatively unchanged following the refurbishment.
Test Track's circuit is set to undergo no major changes, although the special effects surrounding it will be updated. The "tests" carried out on the vehicle will be divided into four segments: Capability (testing the car's handling on rough roads and different weather conditions), Efficiency (testing the vehicle's environment footprint), Responsiveness (testing maveuverability) and Speed (pushing the car to go as fast as it can).
While they wait to ride, guests will be able to use interactive kiosks to design their own vehicle, which will then be compared with the "real" design used for the ride cars. Riders using Disney's FASTPASS to skip the queue will select from one of a number of pre-designed cars.
The updated Test Track will feature Chevrolet vehicles and branding, in place of the previous vehicles that were themed around parent company General Motors.