If you have a need for speed, EPCOT’s Test Track ride is a must visit attraction. Located in EPCOT’s Future World, specifically in World Discovery, this ride puts Guests in the fast lane and is one of my thrill ride favorites in this Park. Guests flock to Test Track in droves to enjoy the hairpin turns and adrenaline bursts as they zoom around an outdoor track.
These are just a few of the reasons you need to check out Test Track on your next visit to this Disney World.
Wait Line Perks
Very few Walt Disney World Resort attractions have a single rider line available (4 rides to be exact) but, lucky for you, Test Track is one of them. Join the single rider line to be loaded with another group for the ride and you will save major time. My husband and I always split up on attractions offering single rider options so we have more time to do other things.
This largely indoor ride queue is another huge plus for Test Track. True, when Park crowds are heavy, Guests may experience outdoor wait times for Test Track as the line exceeds the space in the indoor waiting area. However, the ride line is shaded with the majority of the line queue inside in the comfort of air conditioning.
The opportunity to get out of the heat in the air-conditioned ride queue makes this ride a slam dunk for me. Bonus points for how the single rider line for Test Track gets Guests to the boarding platform much quicker. For parties that would rather split up to cut the wait time and maximize their time in EPCOT, the single rider line is a great idea.
Learn While You Wait
As a nerd, I love the chance to learn in line. Test Track is presented by Chevrolet. This means that Chevrolet history, factoids, automobile plans, and testing protocols are displayed around the ride queue for Guests to read. The car enthusiasts in my family seem to have as much fun admiring new Chevrolet concept cars and learning about the company history as they do actually do experiencing the ride. In all seriousness, this is a fun ride queue with plenty to look at as you await your turn on the attraction.
Prior to entering the loading zone, Guests join in an interactive experience to create a custom concept car of their own design at touch screen stations. Concept car creation puts you in the role of designer as you select features on your car that will affect the overall capability and strength of the car. Guests build cars with specific criteria in mind. The criteria are handling, responsiveness, power and efficiency.
After the nuts-and-bolts design is complete, Guests can add touches of color, sparkle, and design personality to their SIM car to make it their own. When it comes time for automotive design details in the design studio, I tend to create efficient cars while my family members design for style and handling. When I’m not in the single rider line I love comparing cars with my family and seeing how they all perform in the tests of the ride.
When the time comes to board the attraction, the SIM card is loaded to the actual ride so you can see how your designs stack up in a testing series. The automotive design studio component of this attraction really is so fun and keeps Guests engaged for much longer than just the actual ride time.
One of the selling points of Test Track is that the ride has a high thrill factor with no sharp drops. Guests that fear the intensity of Splash Mountain,Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind or Twilight Zone Tower of Terror can enjoy the gentler thrill of Test Track. Test Track takes Guests on a ride filled with accelerations, sudden stops and rough road conditions without being too intense.
Because it’s a fun but thrilling attraction, it’s a great middle ground attraction for families to experience together. My mom, who is terrified of ride drops, and my dad that can’t handle spinning attractions can enjoy Test Track right alongside the rest of the family.
Guests must be at least 40 inches tall to ride. If you have a little one with you, no worries, you can easily utilize the rider swap program to ensure each adult in your group can ride while the alternate adult watches your little one.
Road Test Competition
Many Guests will tell you that competing against fellow riders with SIM cars is just as much fun as actually screaming through the ride itself. Each capability test that Guests experience in the ride will score the capability of each virtual SIM car created by the riders in the ride vehicle.
Competing against family and friends riding with you and securing bragging rights for the day is so much fun. If your SIM car does not win the road tests in the ride you can always ask for a do-over and experience Test Track again later that day.
Depending on your teen they may not always be totally enthused for a Disney Park day. The key to overtaking any bad theme park vibes are thrill rides! Test Track is one of three thrill rides at EPCOT, making it a must-do for teens looking for an adrenaline pumping ride experience. Test Track is so much fun teens may want more than one chance to scream round turns and accelerate through Future World. Snagging a Lightning Lane pass if you are staying at a Disney Resort is an excellent idea in addition to utilizing the single rider line to experience this attraction multiple times.
Three Ride Seats Per Row
Unlike many Disney attractions Test Track seats three adult riders to each row. This is a dream for groups of three taking on Walt Disney World together. After all, most attraction ride vehicles necessitate riders choose who the single rider is going to be on each attraction. The three separate seats place Guests comfortably in a car created for six passengers and don’t leave riders smashed into a bench seat as some attractions do. This ride vehicle of six makes its great attraction option for large parties that are looking forward to riding together and having their priceless ride photo reactions captured in the same ride picture.
The experience does not end when the ride is over! In the interactive second spin room, Guests can test their car designs in virtual races. Promote your vehicle in a showroom commercial that you can send to friends and family. Or give your design another test in another virtual obstacle course and review your SIM car scores from the ride.
No visit to a Chevrolet second spin room would be complete without checking out the newest cars, trucks, and SUVs Chevrolet is displaying in the showroom.
Test Track has always been an EPCOT staple for my family. If you have a need for speed check out EPCOT’s Test Track on your next Walt Disney World trip!