We managed to get our paws on some high-resolution versions of the Test Track concept art.If you go give it to some other websites, we will cut you. These are giant files, so click embiggen.
Oo… aah… exciting, right? Well, let’s get down to nitty-gritty and start scoping them out with our peepers! Up first, the classic montage that first popped up on the Disney World website. This version actually has more to see – extra people, and in higher resolution the people look less like they’re wearing monkey face masks too. Perhaps we spoke too soon, those kids are a little creepy. Are they looking right at us?
But we do get a much better look at what we think is going to be the new marquee for the attraction. Notice how in the higher resolution you can actually see the lines that define the panels/ribs on the surface of the curved shape that mimic the metallic panels of the old World of Motion and Test Track building.
And we also get a much better look at the vignettes in the background, in particular the one the car seems to zooming toward in the distance behind the main focus vehicle. Lovely little people designing cars it seems.
We didn’t find anything terribly exciting in the middle image – we just thought it was nifty looking so we included it just incase you wanted to make it your desktop background or something. We will note once again something that has bugged us since these concept art pieces came out. Responsiveness is supposed to be blue and depicted by a little mountain.. It’s purple and has the time-clock icon – the characteristics of what should be “power” according to Disney’s own little promo pieces. That makes that art apparently wrong or fudged or something…
That said.. the third image. That’s where things got interesting. It’s a blatant overlay of the old Test Track ride.
Your eyes don’t deceive you, that is a sign that blatantly says “brake test” along with the old arrow signs, barrier railing, and even the ghost of an orange cone for good measure. You can even make out the remnants of a few barrier reflectors lights too. You know this new scene will be replacing the old ABS brake scene in the revamped attraction.The other scenes depicted are just kinda pretty and don’t seem to give up much detail, but there’s a few more tidbits to milk from this one.
There’s a really big structural grid up in the air. That lightning effect is coming from a serious bit of hardware. It’s big. Also, the whole section is sort of enclosed in its own sort of grid with walls and a ceiling of its own.
We jokingly suggested that the famed Tesla coil effect that WDI had developed for the Maelstrom attraction but never used was making a comeback when we first saw that lightning effect in the concept art. Maybe that’s closer to the truth than we really knew.
Regardless, the detailed images make this refurbishment look all the more exciting. Certainly more vibrant and colorful.. and if anything, more detailed, and large cloudy-rig-in-the-airy.