Disney World to Close One of EPCOT’s Most Popular & Iconic Attractions

spaceship earth, epcot
Credit: Brian McGowan, Unsplash

It has just been revealed that the Walt Disney World Resort plans to close one of EPCOT’s most iconic attractions.

spaceship earth at night

Credit: Becky Burkett

Disney World is an ever-growing, ever-evolving magical behemoth. Some say the only thing that’s a guarantee about the rides, attractions, live entertainment, and other offerings at the Walt Disney World Resort is that they’re always ripe for renewals, reimagined features, and refurbishment.

It’s a wonderful thing, as those refurbishments and reimaginings are responsible for keeping Disney World’s most popular experiences available for guests to enjoy year after year.

But it’s not such a wonderful thing when those changes come to your favorite experience at Disney World–and especially when those changes render your favorite attraction unavailable during your visit to the Central Florida theme parks.

So, if you happen to be a huge fan of the offerings at EPCOT, this message is for you–especially if you’re visiting after July 2024.

Test Track Entrance at EPCOT

Credit: Disney

It was revealed on Tuesday that EPCOT’s Test Track attraction, sponsored by General Motors, is slated for a long closure beginning in July 2024. Disney World has yet to announce an official closing date.

The latest information from cast members who reportedly work at the Test Track attraction at EPCOT suggests that the closure, which will take place to allow for construction to be carried out in an effort to reimagine and refresh the guest-favorite attraction, will last up to an entire year and cost as much at $100 million.

reimagining of test track

Credit: Disney Parks

In the fall of 2023, during Disney’s Destination D23 event held at Disney World, Imagineer Chris Beatty joined Josh D’Amaro, Disney Parks Chairman, alongside teams from Chevrolet to talk about the potential for going back in history to draw inspiration from EPCOT’s original World of Motion pavilion. That inspiration will reportedly be used in developing the next version of Test Track.

Disney World invites guests to experience all that Test Track offers passengers:

Cruise over to the gleaming Chevrolet Design Center to create your own virtual concept car. When you’re done, buckle up in a 6-passenger “SIM Car” and take it for an exhilarating spin on the test track. 

Rev through rough terrain and obstacles along the winding circuit. Accelerate through straightaways, maneuver switchbacks through inclement weather, hug curves banked at 50-degree angles and scale hills up to three stories high. 

Reach speeds of up to 65 miles per hour as you put your car through its paces. After each test, check the scoreboard to see how your vehicle performed!

Test Track wdw

Credit: Disney

After the test, make and share a commercial for your design, race your car again on a miniature virtual test or pose for a picture with your vehicle against a dramatic backdrop for a souvenir of your supercharged day.

As this is a developing story, more information will be shared as it becomes available.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!

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