I think Disney Imagineers are missing opportunities both with this "automotive" attraction just as they are with the Tomorrowland Speedway.
The Tomorrowland Speedway should be targeted for a makeover to a Cars Land type attraction that could really add to the Fantasyland expansion without really taking much from Tomorrowland. Let's face it...The Speedway really isn't looking into the future anymore, is it? Besides getting a much needed re-theme, Disney could get rid of of the exhaust producing gas powered machines and green the place up with newer technology.
Sorry I kind of went all over the place with this comment. Good article Robert!
The worlds fair approach to EPCOT is like work, but I did enjoy it to a certain extent. I worked in manufacturing and I worked in the Space program. Test Track and Space did have some appeal to me. There are the communications ride, the agriculture ride, and the energy ride. They are all about work AND conservation. There are Innoventions exhibits sponsored by various captains of industry. Very boring since it is all about marketing.
Hollywood Studios has tons of animation exhibits. Is it interesting? Sort of, but it is less interesting these days since animated movies are about digital animation rather than the mechanical cells. I don't enjoy the Movie ride. Movie sound stages are boring. The false facades are for photography and not interesting if they are not filming.
Test Track needed to be updated to have real interaction with the guest, but it appears to be half-hearted. They didn't go far enough. Perhaps one day they will dump GM and its sponsorship. Go with a total makeover into Carsland. While the focus on work may be boring, usually the payoff is with the final product. It should be the most interesting part of the effort, which is to see the car performing as expected.
(I can't believe I am defending a revamp that the Disney die-hards are not happy about)
It could be worse.... there could be a huge Doritos logo on it or something....
I'm somewhat intrigued about the new version, but with concern because I am afraid they may actually make the ride less fun than it already is. I'd hate to ride the new version and immediately think..... wow, I miss the old version.
If they want to upgrade something that seriously needs it in Epcot though...... they could clean or replace the screens in Soarin. Last time I rode it I found the dirty or stained sections on the screens such a distraction.
Most of us agree that Epcot needs fixing, but Test Track really isn't the problem. Sure, at some point in the lifecycle of every attraction there needs to be downtime for fixes and upgrades, but I'll be happy when this project is complete and Disney moves on to bigger, better, and newer things.
The positive (or negative) is nothing at EPCOT is really there for only entertainment sake. Each attraction teaches you a subject. The only one I can't think teaches you anything is Captain Eo.
I like Test Track for that reason. Its a thrill ride that teaches you something.
As a point of reference, how is the Cars ride superior? To me they look nearly identical