Test Track 2.0 debuts as futuristic new ride at Walt Disney World, featuring ‘Tron’ inspired design with high-speed thrills

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Walt Disney World began holding previews of the newly-enhanced Test Track ride at Epcot this weekend for cast members and their guests. The new 2.0 version of the attraction follows the same thrilling track as it has since it first opened in 1999 but with an all-new look and soundtrack, focusing on the design elements of creating cars rather than testing them. The new version of the attraction places passengers inside a “SimCar,” riding through a dark, sleek environment that looks like something straight out of Disney’s “Tron.”

The attraction isn’t 100% complete yet, but it’s quite close. It officially opens on December 6, just a few days from now. But if you can’t wait, the video below offers a first look at the entire ride, presented in 1080p HD with binaural audio, so wear headphones while watching for the most enjoyment.

Video: Full ride on Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

The longer video below takes a tour through the whole queue, including the full Chevrolet Designer Center process, and most of the post-show (some areas were not operational yet today). This video also includes the same full ride as above, for completeness.

Video: Full Test Track 2.0 experience, including the queue, ride, and post-show

For comparison, here’s the original Test Track queue and ride, as it all looked a few days shortly before it closed earlier this year:

The actual track of the new Test Track remains the same as the original, but all of the visuals and audio have been replaced, from the outside in. The only section that looks essentially the same is the outside high-speed portion. Though the concept is still the same, sending a car through a variety of tests, it’s now done by placing guests inside a computer world. But the actual experience is not a simulator, as the forces are very real as the vehicle accelerates, takes tights turns, and brakes rapidly.

Throughout, all the previous decor featuring yellows and blacks representing a realistic car test facility have been replaced with vibrant colors and high-definition projections set on a dark black background. Giant animated walls now prevent riders from peeking ahead into upcoming scenes. Though the layout is the same, the entire ride feels completely different.

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

The ride’s queue has a classic Epcot feel to it, down to the old World of Motion logos scattered throughout signs and trash cans around the new Test Track. The queue begins with a few Chevrolet concept cars, followed by a video featuring car artists describing how vehicles are designed, set behind a 3D animated vehicle model that is sketched out and colored in.

Further into the queue, guests enter the Chevrolet Design Center, creating their own vehicle designs by modifying attributes including color, length, width, engine type, wheels, body shape, and many more. Ultimately this design is carried onto the ride via RFID-equipped cards and “tested” (scored).

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Post-show areas also allow further exploration of guests’ designs through a variety of interactive activities, photo opportunities, and real Chevrolet cars to explore in a showroom.

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

Test Track 2.0 at Epcot

The almost all-new Test Track will surely be a hit when it officially debuts in a few days. It’s been an extremely popular attraction since it first opened and this updated version will definitely grab the attention of today’s theme park audiences.

Be sure to return here to Inside the Magic later this week for more about the new Test Track as Walt Disney World officially opens it on Dec. 6.

Photos from Test Track 2.0:


  1. Angie

    Thank you Ricky for posting the video! It looks great!!!

  2. Michel L. Mendonça

    It’s amazing how, by borrowing visuals from Tron, this ride manages to evoke a very “80’s look of the future” that past EPCOT had.

    1. Andrew Silmser

      Borrowed visuals from Tron and the neon black velvet poster art from the back room of Spencer Gifts! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the new look, but I did have a small middle school at the mall flashback.

  3. Jeff

    Wow. I always has this complaint that TT felt as if it was just plopped into a big building and never felt finished or had the detail of other attractions. While some may complaint that it’s cheesy special effects that has little to do with the story, it looks so immersive that I think it works well.

  4. Brian

    Seriously? This is worth getting excited about? While other parks are getting amazing attractions and Test Track get’s the black light treatment and people go gaga? Boring.

  5. EricJ

    So, the design studios mean we don’t get “the Works” anymore? 🙁

  6. I can go on about how rather disappointed I am in the execution of the ride, but overall a refresh was kinda necessary and all the new effects are cool. Thanks for the great pictures & video, Ricky!

    Also, one pretty big issue: From all that I’ve seen, I noticed that this newer version seems to lack any on-ride photos for you to pick up, which is rather disappointing. Is that really the case? I think having an on-ride photo would make lots of sense being that it’s a lot easier to pick up since you’ve got your RFID tag with you. Hope they can somehow squeeze that back into the ride.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      There is still an on-ride photo, but it was not operational today. Seems they’re still working on it.

  7. Actually: Is that part after the “What’s your score?” section of the post-show in the green circular room give any on-ride photos of you, or is it just to share your car design with friends?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      The green circular room lets you take your car design and create a TV commercial for it, which you can email to yourself. Other areas let you email photos of yourself with your car too.

  8. Andre

    Thanks for the great video tour. I really hope this is the beginning of a full refurb of Epcot. I am hoping that Disney is going to return Epcot to its former glory of being a fun and informative experience. Epcot is my favorite Disney Park which I fell in live with back in 1985. I miss the wonder and spectacle of the worlds fair feel that the park once had. Goin visitors a glimps of what the future may hold. As it is now Epxot is very dated and feels very Retro. I want the wonder as joy I felt for it whe. I first experienced it so many years ago.


    Ricky you’re rock that video of the new Test Track is Awesome! I love it! I can’t wait to ride the new test track on Feb 2012! Awesome job!

  10. John

    Ughh I like the old version much better….When will disney learn to stop messing with perfection. If its not broken don’t fix it. The old one was a classic this is just cheap cardboard and special effects…

  11. Daniel

    Instead of refurbing it with a “Tron” feel why not just put the upcoming Tron e ticket in Epcot? It has to do with science and computers albeit fictional. They could even attach it to a larger pavillion with allkinds of future computer tech which would fit nicely into the world fair portfolio. Can’t help but feeling that once again WDW got ripped off.

  12. Alex J.

    Thanks for the great video Ricky! The new ride looks fantastic. My only issue with is is that after the speed loop it looks like the theme is not picked back up when you enter the building again. Hopefully they just haven’t finished that yet. It possibly could take the guest out of the experience, to go from the “Tron” theme to just a non lit dank tunnel.

  13. Mikael

    I wish Disney had gone all-out with a Tron theme. I’d love to feel like I’m racing through the Grid with light cycles chasing me. EPCOT needs more rides, though. Test Track and Soarin’ get too crowded.

  14. Jake

    So what makes you special that you can take pictures and video during a Cast preview? Last I checked you couldn’t take any, unless if the rules are different because you can’t in Disneyland

    1. Ricky Brigante

      It’s always on a case-by-case basis. In this case, they were actually encouraging it. A cast member offered me a re-ride on Test Track in a car by myself so I could get a better shot.


    Awesome! Ricky you’re rock I can’t wait to ride the new Test Track in Feb 2013! I love the New Test Track!

  16. Rachel

    Wasn’t very impressed after riding it…there is no story that follows you through like before. I liked the old one but I guess I’ll have to learn to like it.

  17. Corey

    Hmmm…. Was looking forward to seeing it next week… Now I kinda wanna skip it…. Wasn’t really a torn person… I love everything about cars and performance and I don’t see that anymore… I see the same ride just with lame colors

  18. holly

    I was on the new test track 2 days ago. Honestly, I never want to go on it again. It was a huge waste of time and it was a let down, to say the least. It used to be my favorite ride in the entire park and now I don’t really feel the urge to go to EPCOT at all.

  19. MJ

    I have to say, this ride was a big disappointment. I rode it yesterday, and while visually, the attraction is updated and modern, it is very boring. Compared to the old Test Track, which had the excitement of testing your car in different conditions, and even the anticipated “front end crash” surprise, this one is obviously the same ride system, but now you’re testing a “sim car.”

    Visually, inside, the whole attraction is dark, highlighted by blue neon graphics. Its a cross between Tron and On-Star. Anyway, the narrator of the whole attraction is telling you what you’re testing, but again, your car just moves around and theres nothing visually to attach to it. It was totally pointless. The whole area of testing ABS brakes vs non-ABS brakes and then into the hot, cold, and chemical tests, was fun in the old version. Now, you’re literally going through the same motion in darkness.

    Before the ride, you “create” your own car, and is apparently integrated into the different steps of the attraction. After each ‘test’ you can see how your hot wheels looking car stood up…. but the numbers and the way it is all presented makes absolutely no sense…

    I’m sorry to say, but Chevrolet and Disney completely missed the mark on this one, at least if you know what the previous version was like. Personally, I was hoping for a very similar ride. All it needed was an aesthetic refresh to get it out of the 90s.


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