General Motors has announced that it will continue to work with Disney. The two companies have agreed to renew their long-term partnership to rework the Test Track attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The ride is now officially 13 years old, and GM will work closely with Walt Disney Imagineering to create a new, design-oriented version of the ride. Right now, the two companies plan on shuttering the Test Track in April of this year. Later in 2012, the attraction will reopen as the Chevrolet Design Center at Epcot.

Neither GM nor Disney have given a clear view of what the new Chevrolet Design Center will offer visitors. The automaker says guests will receive an "immersive experience in the design process of the vehicles they see on the road today," though details are scarce beyond that. Hit the jump to check out the short press release for yourself.
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Chevrolet Will Sponsor Modernized Test Track
GM and Disney renew long-term corporate alliance

2012-01-06

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – General Motors and Disney are renewing their long-term business relationship with a new multi-year corporate alliance that includes a modernization and single-brand focus on the interactive Test Track thrill ride at Walt Disney World Resort.

Chevrolet will be presenting sponsor while GM will work with Walt Disney Imagineering to develop a re-imagined, design-centric remake of the 13-year-old attraction. General Motors continues as the official vehicle sponsor of Walt Disney World Resort.

Plans call for closing the current GM Test Track in April 2012 with an anticipated reopening as the Chevrolet Design Center at Epcot in late 2012.

"As a global brand, Chevrolet is looking forward to welcoming guests from around the world to the re-imagined Test Track," said GM Global Chief Marketing Officer Joel Ewanick. "The best of Disney and the best of Chevrolet will come together to bring guests an immersive experience in the design process of the vehicles they see on the road today and will see in the future."


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      ShutoSteve
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just make a giant giant go kart Gymkhana teaching people how to drive in the wet, use signals, and merge lanes properly. It'll do wonders for the actual driving populace.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still one of my favorite things to do at Disney. I love catching a glimpse of all the concept cars parked in the middle of the ring!
      Christopher Carey
      • 3 Years Ago
      They could upgrade the exhibits before the ride but the ride itself is pretty decent hopefully they leave that part alone.
      Carlos Cruz
      • 3 Years Ago
      The ride does need updating, but hopefully the core ride stays intact. The last time I rode it was on December 31 and I was noticing some props for the ride aren't even working anymore. Also, the "Car of the future" displays a car that is wayyy outdated. Not to mention that in the pre-show area they still have a Geo Prizm as the car that was being tested (crashed) and during the ride they have a Saturn SUV. I'm sure that with some upgrades to the props and rebranding it could be a great ride again. As it is it is the fastest ride at WDW and not to mention that on New Years Eve the line was approximately 4 hours in mid-afternoon. (Thankfully my buddy sneaked me and my family in, no wait!)
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only change they could do to the ride experience: crank the speed a bit higher, especially on those big banked turns outside. Maybe hit 80mph instead of 65. Other than the generation of G-forces, the props and stuff could do with modernization. Maybe also make the "experimental prototype" a real car based?
      L1011
      • 3 Years Ago
      I recall that ride before it became Test Track. This was back when GM was involved with Lotus. I remember a silver Lotus Esprit being on display. I agree with other posters, leave the ride at the end alone.
      Slartibartfast
      • 3 Years Ago
      The high-speed blast around the outdoor track is great - this and Soaring are the coolest part of Disney. I especially like they way the track wiggles all over the place when a car whizzes by right over your head as you enter the ride.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Slartibartfast
        Soaring was boring. Waited 2 1/2 hours for 2 minutes of sitdown on a moving bench infront of a screen. Oh, and a bit of fake wind incase you fell asleep. But Test Track is on all counts amazing. The only way to have a better car-shaped experience at Disney would be to pony up an extra $400 and be put behind the wheel of a modded Indycar or NASCAR stocker (unfortunately not an option for me). The wind in your hair as you breach 65mph, the twisty 'forest' roads, it was easily the bit I liked most about Epcot.
      the17thman
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's been some time since I've been on the ride but if I recall it's big brands at the time were Saturn and Oldsmobile. Remember Oldsmobile? I barely do.
      4gasem
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thanks God! That attraction jumped the shark 12 years ago! lol Fun, but outdated. If I remember right, there was a Corsica in the entry way all torn to pieces and the tech was WAY outdated.
      Bandit5317
      • 3 Years Ago
      This will be fine as long as they leave the ride portion of it alone. It sounds like they want to rework the line primarily, which currently shows the process through which vehicles are tested. There are only 2 exciting rides at Epcot, and Test Track is one of them. If they take that away, there will be much less reason to go. I live near Orlando and go to Disney all the time. Test Track is one of my favorite rides, so I don't want them to ruin it.
        Zach
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bandit5317
        The ride part will be left alone, but with 100% Chevy-branded test vehicles.
          Bandit5317
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Zach
          That's fine. Right now they're all just the same generic vehicle with a different logo displayed on the onboard LCDs, anyway.
      clquake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Every time I've gone there, it has been closed. Usually closed the day before, and scheduled to re open the day after I leave.
      Badfish941
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the car industry has advanced automated cars enough to where they should make a actual car you can drive around that can take over throttle or steering if someone is going to fast/slow or headed for a crash.
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