News Test Track Closing for Refurbishment January 2020

RSoxNo1

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It's probably been discussed many times, but as a new fan to the forum - can someone tell me why they 'redid' Test Track last decade and make the ride worst.

When it first came out it was rather good. But now, it's 'meh' up until the fast accelaration end part.
It needed something (anything) doing to it as it'd got to the point where that retro mid 90s look was starting to look awful.

Not a massive fan of 2.0 but at least it stuck around and didn't get converted to a Cars IP ride.
I do think 2.0 missed the mark in many areas of the ride itself (basically not integrating our designed vehicles into the attraction better). Having said that, I think it's a better thematic fit for EPCOT Center even if the ride is arguably not as good.
 

MickeyLuv'r

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I don’t know if I’m in the minority but I hate the actual aspect of designing the cars. It’s cool the first few times but after a while it just takes so long. Most of the time I’m finished but still have to stand there waiting for the timer to end. Would rather have it so once I’m finished I can continue in line.
Then I suggest you consider using the single rider queue. In SR, you have an option to pick a car, but not the full design choices offered in the regular line.
 

MickeyLuv'r

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Yeah, but wouldn't it be really cool if, for an additional $50,000 or so, GM would actually build the car you designed? Imagine the possibilities!
This idea is actually being explored!

The advent of additive manufacturing and high strength carbon fiber makes this idea very feasible. The idea is still new, bit it has progressed significantly over the last 5+ years. Additive manufacturing is rapidly being developed right now across many industries where customization is needed/desired. Another big area where it shows big promise is in medical prosthetics.

Now you maybe won't get to design the entire car, but you will get to custom print the body of the car and sections of the interior.

Further, the new carbon fiber materials can be ground up and recycled.
 

MickeyLuv'r

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Why should it be an option to skip part of a queue and cut in line? That doesn’t make sense at all.
Sure it makes sense.
It happens at WDW in a number of places. It certainly happens in most post-ride areas: TT, Imagination, and M:S. Also in many WDW pre-show rooms: Dinosaur, the old TT pre-show, and it has been happing in HM since it opened in the 1970's. It happened I the old Coke tasting room, and in most WDW gift shops.

Those who want to take their time, get to take their time, while those who want to move ahead get to move ahead.

Sometimes we take our time in the post-ride area of TT, sometimes we exit quickly.

I actually find this an odd aspect of American culture. Many Americans like to go slowly, but then hate getting passed.
 

peter11435

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Sure it makes sense.
It happens at WDW in a number of places. It certainly happens in most post-ride areas: TT, Imagination, and M:S. Also in many WDW pre-show rooms: Dinosaur, the old TT pre-show, and it has been happing in HM since it opened in the 1970's. It happened I the old Coke tasting room, and in most WDW gift shops.

Those who want to take their time, get to take their time, while those who want to move ahead get to move ahead.

Sometimes we take our time in the post-ride area of TT, sometimes we exit quickly.

I actually find this an odd aspect of American culture. Many Americans like to go slowly, but then hate getting passed.
Except this isn’t a store and it’s not a post show.

It is the queue. You are in line.

I’m not sure how you think this is any different from preshow rooms at Dinosaur or the Haunted Mansion.
 

Flynnwriter

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I love great criticism - but Test Track is a great ride and the art Direction is spot on.
Good. Needs major help.

honestly, test track is one of the worst attractions in all of Walt Disney World. It is simply plywood cut outs painted black with neon paint outlining the set pieces. Terrible projections on flat walls, overall very poor quality dark ride. I don’t understand why it gets any praise, besides the fact that it goes fast.
criticism l
 

MickeyLuv'r

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Except this isn’t a store and it’s not a post show.

It is the queue. You are in line.

I’m not sure how you think this is any different from preshow rooms at Dinosaur or the Haunted Mansion.
Huh? I said it is the same as the preshow rooms.

CM's always tell folks to fill in all the available space, that the HM pre-show area is not a [single file] line. Attractions riders are re-sorted 3-4 times on HM.

If I opt to stand around guessing Prudence Pock's puns in the interactive HM queue, people will pass me, as they should. At slower times, visitors are allowed to walk through or bypass parts of the interactive HM queue.

It makes no sense to get mad at people who want to bypass the interactive queue.

If TT opted to offer guests a choice of bypassing the vehicle design, it would be the same.
 

Incomudro

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Huh? I said it is the same as the preshow rooms.

CM's always tell folks to fill in all the available space, that the HM pre-show area is not a [single file] line. Attractions riders are re-sorted 3-4 times on HM.

If I opt to stand around guessing Prudence Pock's puns in the interactive HM queue, people will pass me, as they should. At slower times, visitors are allowed to walk through or bypass parts of the interactive HM queue.

It makes no sense to get mad at people who want to bypass the interactive queue.

If TT opted to offer guests a choice of bypassing the vehicle design, it would be the same.
Yeah, some people view those wait rooms ToT, Test Track, Haunted Mansion, as lines.
They certainly aren't lines.
 

ChrisFL

Premium Member
I think the implication might be that if you're in HM and you're the last guest into the stretching room, if you know where the door opens, it's possible to "skip" ahead of the rest of the crowd who don't know where the door opens
 

MickeyLuv'r

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I think the implication might be that if you're in HM and you're the last guest into the stretching room, if you know where the door opens, it's possible to "skip" ahead of the rest of the crowd who don't know where the door opens
No implication. There are 3-5 opportunities for guests to be re-organized prior to boarding the doom buggies on HM.

1. Multiple options to stop in the interactive queue. On slow days, guests are able to bypass much of the interactive queue. As with many attractions the queue has several chain connectors that can be unhooked by CM's. I am certain, sometimes we have stopped to interact with the Prudence's poetry mystery, and people have passed us. I wasn't offended.

2. By the tombstones, where the FP and on FP riders mix, guests are told to fill in all the dead space. They get shuffled a bit, depending on whether they go to the right or left side of the holding area, or down the middle.

3. In the fireplace room, riders are resorted. again, they can go to the left or right side of the room.

4. In the stretching room guests are re-sorted.

5. Post-stretching room- guests again have some ability to re-sort as they enter the final queue before boarding. I have often seen small children, for example, hang back a bit.


If anyone still doesn't know what I'm describing, videos of the queue are readily available with a quick search.
 
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Chef Mickey

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^ It reopened yesterday evening.
Can we get a person who has ridden it to chime in and comment? To me, it’s one of the most poorly maintained rides on property. The onboard screen are awful, usually display not Hong, and the on ride screens are the same. The whole ride system seems dirty and poorly maintained. Hoping some of the tech improved.
 
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