A quick update.. scouring the social media world, it turns out construction workers are willing to post photos from inside the construction site of Test Track. First up, a look down from the top of the old “Hill Climb” scene toward the now-removed “Belgian Blocks” and the rethemed “ABS Brake Testing” area. The cones over the slot in the track are just there for safety while the ride is being worked on. At the bottom of the hill where the ground levels you can see screens flanking the track – this is likely where the “magic mirror” effect where the car looks to meet design specifications will occur.
Elsewhere in the building, you can see some sort “concept car” that will be on display as well as the general look of the pre/post-show areas in progress. As you can see it has been vastly redesigned from the hyper-industrial warehouse feel of the original Test Track attraction. As always, if you want to know more about the history of Epcot’s Transportation Pavilion from World of Motion to Test Track 1.0 and 2.0 you can read it in our book The Epcot Explorer’s Encyclopedia (make a great holiday gift!)
The Disney Parks Blog released the first official concept art for the overhaul of Test Track in Epcot and it’s a real departure from the old attraction is aesthetics. We’re rather pleased with how it’s looking – and it is keeping with what we’ve heard about it being very much a TRON-inspired sort of look. Let’s break it down piece by piece.
For starters there’s the apparent new overall logo for the pavilion. We do wish they had gone back to the circle logo from the original Epcot design, but it’s still at least fairly sleek and stylized – not as clunky as the old one. At least it’s not orange.
Then there are these circles denoting what appear to be the different segments of the testing facility itself once you’re inside the revamped attraction. They’re sort of look like little power meters that would fill up or deplete depending of performance.
Also looking at them one can sort of assume the general sequence of events – capability, efficiency, responsiveness, and power. That puts capability at what was hill climb, efficiency somewhere around brake testing, responsiveness in the “hills course” and power out on the outer loop. Which seems to be where they line up in the next few pieces of concept art as well…
If we assume that gold ring is marking the “Capability” course segment and with the angle of the road it’s apparently at the top for what was the “Hill Climb” of the old Test Track. Similarly the green scanning lasers could be for the “Efficiency” section and look to be physically replacing one of the old Hot/Cold chambers in the attraction. The purple power section and cyber-cacti are harder to place exact locations within the existing attraction though. We’ll leave that to people’s imaginations for now.
And finally, more photoshop mash together art! In the future, everything is going to glow and waft through the air kids! If anything it’s telling us that the leading sculptural icon “thing” that we pointed out in the past is important as it is showing up yet again. Here’s hoping the canopy out front comes down and the sculptural icon goes up as a replacement.