• Karolena Serratos

WDW's Test Track

I'm in the sunshine state for holiday at Walt Disney World. It's about 82 degrees right now and sunny. A fast ride can be the perfect remedy for a hot day. However, I have a monkey wrench I'd like to throw at Test Track.

As an automotive professional, I find the new layout distrubing. Despite being an excellent marketing campaign for Chevrolet, it really shows little to no appreciation for the automotive industry. In the old Test Track you used to walk through a maze of tools and scanners, giving the average person a look into how many different tools are necessary to have being a professional automotive technician. As an automotive professional it was exciting to see recognizable brands, such as Snap On, and to spot tools that we have in our own shop. The new is just a gaint show room with cool curves--not a toolbox or scanner in sight.

The old preshow gave you a insight on how safety standards were tested in new vehicles in addition to the different types of testing vehicles were subjected to for suspension, steering, handling, environmental testing, etc. In comparsion the new ride has completely cut out the informative preshow and has a video game sytle, virtual vehicle builder in which nothing is being taught to the public of what goes into designing a car--besides supercial looks. Yes, it does imply that there are trade offs between power and fuel economy, but does nothing to explain the true affects or the though process of choosing. Maybe you will feel a little better by increasing the fuel economy by 4 points, but what does that actually mean? And more importantly, what is this teaching the public?

The ride itself just speeds up and slows down while "testing" the designs the riders have created followed by a screen ranking the designs. Just a bunch of high tech screens and no substance. Is this just become a reflection of our culture? Not a care to really understanding how things work anymore? Such limited attention spans that we cannot even look around at our surroundings at the level of detail involved in the previous ride that we only get one giant screen as we turn corners?

The Test Track got a major face lift which I do not deny it needed. However, in the process it lost all appreciation for the blue collar laborers that were the foundation of this country at the beginning of the century and shows no respect for the current automotive professional looking into the future.

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