Disney World’s Game-Changing Announcement: Massive Overhaul Set to Rock Portion of Park

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Walt Disney World has officially moved forward with a reimaging that will alter the landscape of one of its theme parks in Florida, specifically for a popular attraction.

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EPCOT Disney World Attraction Test Track Confirmed to Be Getting Extensive Overhaul

The first permit has been submitted for the Test Track reimagining project at EPCOT. This permit, filed by standard Disney contractor Coastal Steel, outlines the scope of work as “general construction.” While “general construction” permits are typically routine, this one stands out for several reasons.

Firstly, the significance of the Test Track’s location is noteworthy due to the previously announced plans to retheme the ride. Secondly, the involvement of Coastal Steel, rather than Disney’s in-house construction company, adds intrigue. Coastal Steel has contributed to various Disney World projects, including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Expedition Everest, and more.

Of particular interest is the permit’s expiration date. While contractors often leave expiration dates blank on Notice of Commencement permits, indicating a standard 1-year expiration, this permit specifies a February 28, 2025 deadline. Although Disney World has announced a closure date of June 17 for the Test Track reimagining, they have not disclosed a reopening date.

Two construction workers shake hands inside of EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in preparation for Test Track.
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While the February 2025 expiration date doesn’t necessarily imply an opening around that time, it does suggest that Disney aims to complete the work covered by the permit before March 2025.

Considering the potential scope of the project, it’s conceivable that the attraction will remain closed at least through the winter of 2024, possibly extending into the spring of 2025. Previous ride rethemes, such as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and Frozen Ever After, have taken 18-20 months.

While Disney World has not divulged many details about the Test Track project, Disney Imagineers are preparing to breathe new life into the attraction, drawing inspiration from Disney’s rich history, including the original World of Motion attraction from EPCOT’s early days.

Visitors approach the futuristic entrance of "test track," an interactive attraction sponsored by chevrolet, at twilight under a vibrant sky inside of Walt Disney World EPCOT.
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Disney has announced that Test Track at EPCOT will undergo a significant refurbishment and reimagining starting June 17, 2024, lasting approximately one year. This renovation, estimated to cost around $100 million, aims to enhance the visitor experience significantly. Drawing inspiration from the original World of Motion attraction from EPCOT’s early days, Disney Imagineers will focus on revamping the attraction’s exterior, marquee, and entrance.

The refurbishment will include cosmetic updates and thematic and storyline changes to elevate the guest experience. This transformation marks the third iteration of Test Track and promises to deliver an immersive and innovative ride that surpasses its predecessors.

Critics of the original version, which featured a 90s theme reminiscent of an oversized car garage or factory, anticipate that the new version will offer visitors a refreshing and improved experience. With Disney’s commitment to innovation and storytelling, the reimagined Test Track is poised to captivate audiences and become a highlight of EPCOT’s attractions.

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