Back in January, we broke some very bad news: the beloved GM Test Track ride at Walt Disney World's Epcot was being closed for renovations.
But there was an upside: the upgrades were scheduled for completion later this year. Once the doors reopened on the newly christened "Chevrolet Design Center", we were told that visitors would be able to design their own "SimCars", then take friends and family on a test drive. We couldn't tell much from the renderings Disney put out at the time, but we were optimistic.
And we still are -- especially now that Disney has given us a date for the grand reopening: Thursday, December 6. We're doubly excited because Disney wisely opted to keep the "Test Track" name. The attraction is now known as "Test Track -- Presented by Chevrolet". (That's in keeping with General Motors' efforts to step back from the spotlight and focus attention on its four automotive brands.)
Take a look at the completely unofficial video clip above, and you'll get a rough idea of how construction is progressing. You'll also see one of the attraction's six-passenger SimCars, which were revealed in publicity photos back in September. According to that Disney blog post, visitors will be able to tweak several attributes of their test vehicles, including "Capability, Efficiency, Responsiveness and Power".
Disney fans: is this too different from the original GM Test Track ride? Or is it a logical evolution of the attraction? Sound off in the comments below.