Opened: March 17, 1999
Location: In the middle of Future World East, inside of the Test Track Pavilion
Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening
FastPass+: Yes – high Tier 1 priority behind only Soarin’. Test Track is more convenient to get to in the morning and has a single rider line with waits typically shorter than standby or with FastPass+.
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 Expedition Everest or Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. It’s still a “thrill” ride and there are certainly some exciting parts, but 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 right before IllumiNations.
Expect to Wait: This is probably the second most popular ride at Epcot and has the wait times to match. Expect waits to be 75 minutes or more by afternoon during slow seasons and 100+ 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. Single rider entrance is next to standby and FastPass+ entry.
Length: 5 minutes
What to Expect: Test Track saw a lengthy refurbishment throughout 2012 and reopened in December of that year. The ride vehicles, track, and movement are exactly the same, but the atmosphere is completely different. Instead of touring a vehicle manufacturing facility, riders are actually “inside” a computer simulation that is significantly darker than before and relies more on screen technology than physical sets. Guests first wait in the queue surrounded by concept vehicles before designing their own prototype automobile at a kiosk. The design process takes about three minutes and riders choose what they want their automobile to look like and whether they want to favor capability, efficiency, responsiveness, or power. It’s important to keep in mind that the design does not affect the ride in any way. Instead, guests will ride the “sim car” and compare their performance against the perfectly designed automobile. Riders then embark on their journey with several sharp turns and increases and decreases in speed before launching outside at speeds up to 65 miles per hour.
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 FastPass+. Consider single rider after experiencing the attraction together for the first time as it bypasses the design phase and waits are often shorter.