Test Track

by josh on April 17, 2010

Opened: March 17, 1999

Location: In the middle of Future World East, inside of the Test Track Pavilion

Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening

FastPass+: Yeshigh 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.

Rating: 9/10

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.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth July 31, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Where is the Mexico ride?

Elizabeth July 31, 2011 at 11:47 pm

oh, sorry…

Terri in So Cal September 11, 2011 at 11:37 am

This is one of the coolest rides at WDW. We ride this many times during our trips. We get the Photopass pictures loaded to our PP card since we buy the PP CD. We use FP and Single Rider line to maximize our rides. After awhile the pre-show does get monotonous. Sometimes when you do SR they will let you walk right on through. :) We are excited that a Test Trak type of ride is coming to Cars Land at DCA in 2012. Can’t wait since our favorite part of TT is the high speed ending!

Hayley August 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Just a heads up I think the closure notice on this is probably out of date, there’s no refurbs posted atm I think?

mike August 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm

yes they refurbed it turning it into tron but the ride is unreliable at best now

Matt December 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I don’t like where they put the camera, especially when you ride it first thing, when you come out of the building, you are staring straight into the sun. most of the pictures of people taken at that time showed them trying to shade their eyes from the bright Fl sun.. they should put a 2nd camera at the end of the speed track to use in the morning, and switch off in the middle of the day so you don’t get the glare.

Don January 23, 2014 at 9:41 am

Pre-show is completely different now. No more banging and crashing, just a walk around a couple of Chevy concept cars (the sponsor is now specifically Chevrolet and not generically GM). After the line you go into a room and are assigned to a workstation where you “design” a car.
The ride itself is roughly the same but most of the “tests” have been deleted (no more hot, cold, etc. but avoiding the tractor-trailer remains). There 3 or 4 vague “test” sections and at the end of each you see how your designed car would have fared. Your design has no impact on the ride itself. You scan you magic band (or equivalent) at each step to insure you’re seeing your design.

I’m sure there are more thorough explanations out there but I wanted to give a heads up that most of the description above is from before the recent renovation.

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