Welcome to Theme Park Overload! Today, the Disney Parks Blog had a live chat talking about the new Test Track sponsored by Chevrolet! Imagineer Melissa Jeselnick answered the eager questions of the blog's readers! Here are some of the highlights:
Jenn Fickley-Baker: Michael asks: Will the giant overhang in front of the pavilion be removed? (Hoping the answer is yes)
For the exterior, we actually have a new piece of artwork that we want to release, which is the new marquee for the attraction.
Jenn Fickley-Baker:Kyra asks: "How are the vehicles customized? To better explain my question, say the ‘Killian’ party customizes their ride. If the ‘Connelly’ party comes later and uses the same ride vehicle, but customize it differently, how does that work? Or am I misunderstanding this?"
Melissa Jeselnick:Let's talk about the Design Studios. In the studio, you have a chance to design your own custom concept vehicle. That design follows you into the ride, which is still the same physical ride that our guests know and love. You'll ride in our sim car. As you move through the space, your custom design will be scored in areas such as Capability, Efficiency, Responsiveness and Speed.
Comment From AlexaHow will the new "Customize your car" feature going to work? Wont there be multiple parties in one car at a time?
Melissa Jeselnick:It's an interactive design kiosk, so in the full experience you can start from a line, then shape your vehicle and add attributes - pick the colors, the tires, and make it truly your dream vehicle.Everybody in the vehicle will have their ride design, whether they designed individually or as a group. As you move through the four groups, you'll see how the design stacked up against the sim car design.
Jenn Fickley-Baker:From the blog, Joseph asks: "What kind of experiences should we expect for the new post-show that will replace the automotive plant/vehicle showcase?"
Melissa Jeselnick:The post-show will kick off with a scoring opportunity, not just with the guests in your car, but guests throughout the day. From there, we'll move into other opportunities to play with your design with multiple interactive elements. The show room space will still be there with the Chevrolet cars, and we'll have our own photo ops with different concept cars.
Comment From Kyle J.ChangAre there going to be any new show scenes ?
Melissa Jeselnick:Let's talk about the four show scenes in more detail. Capability is where your car is tested for rough road and weather conditions. Efficiency tests your car design's environmental footprint. The Responsiveness phase tests maneuverability, and finally, Speed is tested.
Jenn Fickley-Baker:From the blog, Alex asks: "Will this overhaul make the updated Test Track feel more like a dark ride compared to before?"
Melissa Jeselnick:The experience will be dark, but more importantly, I think we're pushing the envelope as far as the use of new technology, so it's not really a traditional "dark ride."
That's very interesting to hear..... Test Track is rumored to reopen on December 6, so just a few more months to go! I'll be down in Disney World this December for complete coverage of Test Track and the new Fantasyland, so look forward to seeing those reports! That about does if from Theme Park Overload for now. Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with new rumors and announcements! www.Facebook.com/ThemeParkOverload My name's Nicholous, and thanks for reading!