Test Track is closed for refurbishment through the end of November.
Opened: March 17, 1999
Location: In the middle of Future World, inside of the Test Track Pavilion
Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening
FASTPASS: Yes. FASTPASSes are highly recommended if you aren’t riding in the first 30 minutes of operation.
Type: Vehicle simulator
Similar To: Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland, Dinosaur
Requirements: Must be 40” tall to ride.
Scary Factor: Medium. This ride isn’t as intense as Thunder Mountain Railroad, Dinosaur, or Expedition Everest. It’s still a “thrill” ride and there are certainly some exciting parts, but the entire ride is well-lit and there are no g-forces or significant drops to speak of. Even visitors that “hate” roller coasters enjoy Test Track. Younger children may be apprehensive, but if they did well on any of the previously mentioned rides then they should be fine.
When To Go: Within the first hour of Park opening, with FASTPASS, during morning Extra Magic Hour, or in the final hour of evening Extra Magic Hours.
Expect to Wait: This is probably the second most popular ride at Epcot and has the wait times to match. Expect waits to be 60 minutes or more by afternoon during slow seasons and 90 minutes or more during peak and holiday seasons. There is a “single riders line” available with significantly shorter lines. Single riders are placed in vehicles when there is only room for one or two extra people, so it is unlikely you will ride with your group. It’s not uncommon for the single rider line to be 10-15 minutes when the regular line is 60+ minutes long. If you are interested in the Single-rider line, ask the attendant at the front of the line where to go. Even with FASTPASS, total waits are usually about 15 minutes because of the additional queue after the preshow.
Length: 5 minutes
What to Expect: Test Track features a long, loud winding queue surrounded by simulated auto-part testing. Once visitors traverse the first line, they will enter a room with a short video explaining the purpose of testing vehicles and the job riders are expected to perform during the ride. After that, there’s yet another five to ten minute line. Riders will then be placed in a small, open-air vehicle and will set out on their course. The ride features a variety of sharp turns, increases and decreases in temperature, and a final speed test around the outside of the building where the car will reach speeds of 60 miles per hour. After the ride, you’ll enter a General Motor showroom of sorts with a variety of their automobiles on display.
Commentary: Test Track is a fun ride that just about every Disney visitor should enjoy. While not super-intense, the ride certainly has its moments and most riders leave with a smile on their face. The downside is that lines are long and time consuming, even with a FASTPASS. Try to get here early in the morning or collect FASTPASSes no later than 2pm.