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The latest attraction at Walt Disney World isn’t based on a cartoon character, nor is it made of animatronics. It will, however, bring out the kid in you – in an adult sort of way. And the best part? It’s shiny, Italian and can go 200 mph.
OK, so you don’t actually go 200 mph, but piloting an exotic sports car on a race track will easily have you testing the car’s capabilities – not to mention your own.
Designed as the ultimate attraction for adults at Disney, the Exotic Driving Experience can get you behind the wheel of a pricey German or Italian sports car starting at as little as just $199. The “ride” is an addition to the long-standing Richard Petty Driving Experience, and is held at the Walt Disney World Speedway – though only makes partial use of the banked tri-oval. Using one of those banked bends, the rest of the course makes use of a large-scale, though rather technical, slalom running through the track’s infield.
The Epcot Center, Walt Disney World’s theme park dedicated to human achievement, has renewed its long-term business relationship with GM and are making plans to overhaul GM’s “Test Track” amusement ride this year to re-open as the new Chevrolet Design Center. GM will also be involved with Walt Disney Imagineering of the development of the ride.
The Test Track ride opened for the public in 1999, and was intended as a ride that would educate the public of how prototype vehicles undergo a series of tests for evaluation as the visitors ride in futuristic cars rolling along inside a “GM testing facility.” The new Design Center amusement ride at Epcot will remain similar to Test Track but replaces the testing of a generic prototype with a new concept that allows visitors to design and create their own vehicles as well. Guests use interactive design and styling workstations to make up their own vehicles, and then hop aboard to experience their thrilling creation on the twisting and turning ride-course. This design workstation area is very similar to the queue elements that Walt Disney World has added to attractions in order to make waiting in line a more engaging experience. After the ride, riders can view the score their prototype received out on track to determine how well it did.
According to George Aguel, Senior Vice President of Corporate Alliances for the Walt Disney Company, “We are excited to renew our long-term alliance with General Motors. This unique agreement extends collaboration between two of the most recognized brands in the world, a relationship that spans over 30 years. The re-imagined Test Track Presented by Chevrolet will continue our shared goal of providing unique and innovative experiences that engage Disney guests in exciting and interactive ways.”
The GM Global Chief Marketing Officer Joel Ewanick adds, “As a global brand, Chevrolet is looking forward to welcoming Guests from around the world to the re-imagined Test Track. The best of Disney and the best of Chevrolet will come together to bring Guests an immersive experience in the design process of the vehicles they see on the road today and will see in the future.”
An official opening date for the Chevrolet Design Center at Epcot has not been announced.
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There’s something for everyone at Disney World – even exotic car enthusiasts. While your kids are having a blast on Space Mountain, you can tear up the Walt Disney World Speedway in a luxury supercar.
Launching this January (just in time for your winter vacation), the all-new Exotics Course at Walt Disney World Speedway lets you take out your ultimate dream supercar for a spin. The track is a hybrid design that takes a one-mile tri-oval backstretch and turn two that features a series of fast right and left hand turns inside of street-course style barriers. Drivers can test their driving skills in cars such as a Ferrari 458 Italia, a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, a Porsche 911 and an Audi R8. An instructor also goes along for the ride with you.
Prices range from $99 to $389 for these six-lap Disney “Thrill Rides.” You can book your ride on the Exotics Course website. Would the Exotics Course at Disney World make you more likely to take the family there for a trip? Let us know in the comments section below.