Strategy: Riding Both Test Track & Soarin in One Day

The new Test Track is much improved!

The new Test Track is much improved!

With the newly redesigned Test Track a much improved version (see my video), crowds for this ride now rival and could surpass that of Soarin’, in terms of wait times. With that said: Is it possible for a normal family to ride both Test Track and Soarin’ attractions in one day at the Epcot theme park in Walt Disney World?  It can be done! But, it is not easy, nor always totally enjoyable.  Let me give you some tips based on my experience there in June 2013 to get the best possible Test Track/Soarin’/Epcot experience!  Continue reading

Test Track – video of EPCOT ride

Video of the ride Test Track at EPCOT, Walt Disney World Resort.

Test Track is an attraction at Epcot. Sponsored by General Motors, Test Track is a simulated excursion through the rigorous testing procedures that General Motors uses to evaluate its cars, culminating in a high-speed drive around the exterior of the attraction.

It opened to the public on December 19, 1998 after a long delay due to problems revealed during testing and changes to the ride design. The ride had many opening dates that it missed like May 1997 and August 1998. It replaced the World of Motion, though it uses the same ride building. It did not receive its official grand opening until March 17, 1999.

Guests ride in futuristic “test cars” in a GM “testing facility” and are taken through a series of tests to illustrate how automobile prototype evaluations are conducted. The highlight of the ride is a speed trial on a track around the outside of the Test Track building at a top speed of 64.8 miles per hour (104.3 km/h) on a 50-degree banked curve, making Test Track the fastest Disney theme park attraction ever built, next to California Screamin’, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and Tokyo DisneySea’s Journey to the Center of the Earth (which uses an improved version of Test Track’s ride system).

The ride remains powered up 20 or more hours a day, due to lengthy start up times and nightly maintenance.