*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are our own.
I recently had the pleasure of riding the new Test Track at Epcot Disney which is sponsored by Chevrolet. This ride closed back in April 2012 along with its name “GM Test Track”. The new ride sports a new title, “Test Track Presented by Chevrolet” or just “Test Track” if you prefer. This completely redesigned version opened up on December 6, 2012. After hearing about this ride and the high speeds it boasts, I knew I had to try it, being a self-proclaimed extreme ride junkie.
After standing in a short line (Fast Passes are magical!), Lee & I were ushered into a design studio of sorts, where each group gets to design their very own car. You had every choice in your car including the design, the horse power, manageability, responsiveness and even the tires. Everyone was given about 5 minutes to complete the creation of their car and then it was all saved on a plastic card. When we made it to our “SIM Car”, us and our fellow passengers swiped our cards upon entering. We strapped on our seat belts and I held on tight, not knowing what to expect next.
The course is designed to test your personalized car in different situations, to see how it responds and handles. We zoomed through rocky terrain and faced some unsuspected obstacles we had to dodge, made it through dodgy weather and took sharp curves like a champ. At the tail end of this simulation was a straightaway that hit a speed of almost 60 mph. At the very end, the charts show you how well your car performed and whose design scored the most points of the passengers in your car.
After the ride is over though, your experience continues! Using the design card you still have, you’re able to make a short commercial about your design and send it off to friends. You can also race others and challenge your design over a similar, but smaller scale testing area. Finally, there is a great photo op with a featured Chevrolet car or your own car against a background of your own choosing.
Though this ride is fast and has sharp turns and quick stops, it is family friendly and is an attraction everyone can participate in. Lee, who pretty much needs smelling salts after just looking at a roller coaster, is able to handle this ride and even offered to go again. This is probably one of my favorites in the park simply because it is so interactive. I will definitely be in line for this again the next time I visit Epcot! https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/attractions/epcot/test-track/