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Days of Downtime Could Mean a Refurb Is Needed at This Popular EPCOT Attraction

When we think of EPCOT, our minds might immediately wander over to the delicious food and drinks found in the 11 countries of World Showcase. But reeling it back in, we have to remember that EPCOT is actually home to some of the most popular rides at Walt Disney World, including Soarin’ Around the World, Frozen Ever After, Test Track, and the new coaster, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (and that’s all without even considering the cult classics like Living With the Land.)

Since so much of EPCOT is made up of things to do that are not rides, and with Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind continuing to run on a virtual queue system, the other available rides need to remain open and in working order during regular Park hours.

EPCOT Spaceship Earth

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For one staple attraction in World Discovery, Test Track, Guests are arriving at the Disney Park only to find that the ride is experiencing its second day of opening downtime. The high-speed thrill ride failed to open with the rest of the Park this morning, making today the second day in a row where Test Track did not open on schedule.

Yesterday the ride did end up opening, but not until later in the evening around 6:30 p.m. As of this writing, the attraction is still listed as “temporarily closed” in the My Disney Experience app.

Test Track

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While two days of unexpected downtime can be frustrating, we cannot know the reasons for the ride being down for sure but we could certainly use an instance of technical difficulties followed by a challenging evacuation this summer as a cause for concern.

On top of the recent downtime, Test Track ran into issues at the beginning of this year when it closed early for select nights in January and February. The early closures were likely due to maintenance work on the attraction, however, if unexpected downtime is becoming an issue for the ride, it could be time for a fully scheduled refurbishment.

If you plan on visiting Test Track, or any specific attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort, you can always keep an eye on wait times and temporary closures on the go in the My Disney Experience app.

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Disney’s official description of Test Track reads:

Take the Ultimate Test Drive
Cruise over to the gleaming Chevrolet Design Center to create your own virtual concept car. When you’re done, buckle up in a 6-passenger “SIM Car” and take it for an exhilarating spin on the test track.

Rev through rough terrain and obstacles along the winding circuit. Accelerate through straightaways, maneuver switchbacks through inclement weather, hug curves banked at 50-degree angles and scale hills up to 3 stories high.

Reach speeds of up to 65 miles per hour as you put your car through its paces. After each test, check the scoreboard to see how your vehicle performed!

After the Test
Make and share a commercial for your design, race your car again on a miniature virtual test or pose for a picture with your vehicle against a dramatic backdrop for a souvenir of your supercharged day.

We will continue to monitor updates on Test Track in EPCOT, and will share additional information as we have it here on Disney Tips.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."