Thursday, January 24, 2013

Imagineer Your Test Track Experience

"What Guests get to do with Test Track is a lot like what Imagineering goes through in our design process." So says Melissa Jeselnick, Project Manager for Epcot's newly reimagined and revved-up Test Track attraction, now presented by Chevrolet. If you've ever wanted to get under the hood and tinker – or said "I love this car, but I think I could make it EVEN BETTER!" – Test Track is for you.

Test Track Guests enter an all-new, interactive pre-show area – completely retooled and reimagined from the garage-like testing area of the former GM Test Track. The sleek new "Chevrolet Design Center" invites Guests to create their own virtual custom-concept vehicle, working as a team or on their own. Car-design wannabes will get to shape their own virtual car, truck, or crossover vehicle and learn how their design choices perform against four important attributes:

• Capability

• Efficiency

• Responsiveness

• Power

At design kiosks, rows of touch screens become canvasses for Guests to try their hand at design magic. Here, they can tweak their vehicle design by shape, length, width, and engine size. Once they create the designs of their dreams, Guests complete their creations with even more choices. They can make a design statement with an expressive front grille, order up wheels by size and style, add paint and other graphics, and trick out their vehicle – top to sides, front to back – with the latest accessories.

Then it's time to board a "SIM Car" and put your design to the test. Discover how your custom concept vehicle performs thanks to easy-to-read visual charts as you rev through rough terrain and surprise obstacles along the winding Test Track circuit. Melissa tells us, "The ride experience, through some Disney magic, takes Guests into the digital realm to see how their designs hold up in virtual tests of the four attributes: Capability (how does your vehicle handle?), Efficiency (is it a gas-guzzler or a lean machine?), Responsiveness (can you maneuver?), and Power (think speed!)."

And that test is big fun, since you get to ride along. Melissa assures us that Test Track still has all the thrills we've come to expect. "The new Test Track is a completely interactive attraction experience from start to finish! But rest assured, the new ride has all of the same hills and turns, and yes, even the high speed loops that our Guests know and love." You'll fly through straight-aways, maneuver switchbacks through rough weather, hug curves banked at 50-degree angles, and scale hills that are up to three stories high!

When your test drive is over, there's even more to explore. See how sharp your design skills are by comparing your final score with other Guests' designs. It's a great chance to see how your blue-sky ideas would hold up under real-world conditions – and to earn bragging rights with your friends and family. Then make a commercial showing off the wheels you designed, or take a virtual test drive where you control your concept vehicle and see how it handles. You can even have your picture taken with a Chevy dream car or your concept vehicle against the backdrop of your choice, whether you want to pose on the moon or under the sea.

With so much to customize, and so many ways to experiment, Melissa says you can ride again and again. "The attraction is just as much fun on repeat visits because it's fun to see if you can improve your design's performance. And families can compete against each other – maybe on one visit, Dad's vehicle does better than the kid's, but next time his daughter turns the tables and outscores him."

Melissa left us with a challenge to Guests to, "make the most outrageous vehicle you can and see what happens! Really play around with the possibilities. It's fun and makes it easier to spot your car when you ride the attraction." Reach for the stars! Because that's the Disney way.

Epcot® in Future World
Guests Must Be: 40in (102cm) or taller
Fun for: Kids (6-9), Tweens (10-13), Teens (14-17), Adults (18+)
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Thrill Level - Thrill Rides, Small Drops
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Accessibility and Other Information:  Accessibility
Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
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Due to the nature of the experience, Guests with service animals are not permitted on this attraction.
Interests - FastPass, What's New - Rider switch offered.
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Guest Policies - Persons who do not meet the minimum height requirement of 40 inches (102 cm) may not ride.

One Fun Ride
Buckle up in a 6-passenger “simulation car” and put a virtual vehicle that you created to the test.

Stroll into a gleaming, state-of-the-art facility and cruise past eye-opening exhibits illustrating the forward-thinking innovation and technology of Chevrolet. Steer your way inside the Chevrolet Design Center and—working at an illuminated station—design your own virtual custom concept vehicle based on the following test criteria:

Capability (handling)
Responsiveness (maneuverability)
Efficiency (fuel-saving and environmentally friendly)
Power (speed)
Add some finishing touches to your design before boarding a special “SIM Car” and taking off on a fun-filled driving evaluation.

The Test Drive
Discover how your custom concept vehicle performs thanks to easy-to-read visual charts as you rev through rough terrain and surprise obstacles along the winding Test Track circuit. Fly through straight-aways, maneuver switchbacks through inclement weather, hug curves banked at 50-degree angles and scale hills that are up to 3-stories high!

At almost a mile long, with peak speeds of 65 mph, Test Track Presented by Chevrolet is a thrilling ride you’ll want to take again and again!

A Second Spin
Afterward, participate in even more interactive experiences with your vehicle design.

Hands-on exhibits include:

What’s Your Score?
Discover how well your newly-designed vehicle scored during the test drive.
Showroom Showoff!
Make a 15-second commercial of your design and then email it home to share with family and friends.
Give It a Spin!
Steer your vehicle over challenging terrain, through a variety of obstacles and conditions at this smaller, virtual test ground.
Photo Finish
Pose for a picture with a Chevrolet dream car or your concept vehicle against a dramatic backdrop, including a snowy mountaintop, an underwater scene or even a lunar landscape.

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