Friday, March 16, 2012

Test Track at EPCOT (Walt Disney World - Feb. 2012)

Test Track is about as exciting of a ride as you can find, especially in EPCOT.

This is another that had a Fast Pass option, but we didn't need to utilize it since there was no line when we arrived.  I attribute our luck with the lines at EPCOT to getting dinner in the 5-6pm hour, since most make their reservations around 7:00 and then the ones that can't get &pm reservations will usually settle around 8:00, leaving the majority of the attractions without lines during the dinner rush.

Anyway...

This is as close as you can get to being an actually Crash Test Dummy.  You strap in to a "test car" and are run through a course of various obstacles.  The car's suspension is tested over different road surfaces, including bricks and cobblestones.  Next, the car's anti-lock braking system is turned off and the car tries to navigate a course of cones, knocking many over in the process. The anti-lock brakes are then turned back on and a similar cone course is navigated a bit easier. Then comes the simulated inclement weather conditions.  The cars are brought through environmental chambers: a hot chamber of 110°F, a cold chamber of 10°F, and a corrosion chamber.  Then comes the speed and handling tests...  The car climbs a set of hills with blind turns while increasing its speed each time.  At the top the car almost crashes into an oncoming semi-truck before swerving out of the way.  The car is now on the final test shown in the briefing room, "The Barrier Test."  The car lines up across from a barrier and begins to accelerate towards it.  Just before hitting the barrier a series of flashes occur, where the always popular "screaming picture" is taken (it can be viewed and purchased, like most, in the gift shop entrance)... the barrier opens to a outside track.  The car takes a final lap around the building, reaching a max speed of 65MPH!

If you're a thrill seeker, this is an absolute MUST ride!

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