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From Dominick DAs you know Test Track closed for a big refurbishment on Sunday. Well, to offer additional entertainment, they decided to put on a little group called the Test Track All Stars. They will play about every 90 minutes in front of Test Track through November 30. Here's some of their songs:
Posted April 20, 2012 at 7:50 AM
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From Rob PastorIf they would get rid of the research coats it wouldn't be half bad. Maybe, "The Fonz" Happy Days leather jackets?...Dom: By the way, on another topic, I saw what looked to be a possible shark fin in a picture of the lagoon at Universal Studios on another site. Mayhaps, a Jaws shark lurking in the lagoon will be a part of the new water show after all. I guess I'll find out when I'm there May 8th.
Posted April 20, 2012 at 9:53 AM
From Mike Shirley JrNope.....didn't laugh once.
Posted April 20, 2012 at 2:42 PM
From N BI'm too lazy to watch the videos....
Posted April 20, 2012 at 5:16 PM
From Anthony MurphyThey have to do something! They just closed down one of their bigger attractions!
Posted April 21, 2012 at 8:53 AM
From James KoehlTalented- yes. Funny- were they supposed to be?
Posted April 21, 2012 at 1:28 PM
From Melissa DonahueI think they're the Wizarding World wannabees. Where are the roadkill toads?
Posted April 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM
From James TrexenDon't you...see them Melissa? ...They're the ones...in the white coats...
Posted April 21, 2012 at 8:47 PM
From Dominick DI find it funny because they suck so bad.
Posted April 22, 2012 at 5:38 AM
From James KoehlThere must be something that doesn't show on the video, because they looked pretty good to me. What exactly "sucked" about them, and what would you do differently?
Posted April 22, 2012 at 11:13 AM
From Andrew MooneyI don't think "suck" is the best word to use. Personally, I thought their singing was fine but wasn't into the whole "Come over here and watch us" vibes that I picked up. Although it's good that Disney have something going on in the frontage of Test Track, and bringing in Chevrolet personnel (if that's actually true) was a decent idea.
Posted April 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM
From Tony DudaThey should have just brought in new Chevy cars to look at and see what they have that is worth buying.
Posted April 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM
From Dominick DThey sound ok, but this ruins it for me: They go overboard with the fact they are Chevrolet engineers when they aren't.
Posted April 22, 2012 at 6:38 PM
From James TrexenI wouldn't exactly fault singing here, it's just that THIS is supposed to be "compensation" for closing down Test Track. This is an idea below Universal's standards, let alone Disney.
Posted April 22, 2012 at 9:43 PM
From James KoehlSo Dominick, performers should not pretend that they are something other than performers? They should have only hired singing engineers? There is a concept called "willing suspension of disbelief" where the audience has to go along with the fact that what you are seeing is not real, but just being done for entertainment value. Saturday night I saw a performance of "Titanic: The Musical" and it was great, but I didn't expect 2/3 of the cast to actually drown at the end. I suspended my disbelief and knew that the cast members were actors and the ship would sink again the next day.
Posted April 23, 2012 at 2:06 AM
I would rather have talented actors and singers pretending they were engineers than untalented engineers pretending they could sing and act.
From Dominick DYou know what, I give up. I just don't like them, ok?
Posted April 23, 2012 at 7:41 AM
From Scott BTheir enthusiasm needs to be dialed down a notch.
Posted April 23, 2012 at 8:44 AM
I am trying to see a correlation between cars and accapella singing. For the life of me, I just can't figure it out.
From James KoehlIt's OK with me if you don't like them. I don't like jazz- that doesn't mean it sucks, it just means that I don't like it.
Posted April 23, 2012 at 3:51 PM
From Jeff Elliott@ Todd
Posted April 28, 2012 at 9:58 AM
I hope you realize that you just insulted and called out one of the nicer people on the TPI boards. It is one thing to ask someone not to email you anymore, which I understand was your point, but to be a complete a$$hole and make unfounded claims against someone who is just trying to be nice to you is unforgivable. If anyone needs to be “reported to TPI” it would be you.
I honestly don’t get why we can’t have a civilized discussion on these boards without the insults and the personal attacks. Is it that you have nothing better to do than smash up the windows of someone else’s house. I come to TPI to have fun, get into good discussions, learn something, and maybe argue a point or two that I feel passionate about. It really bothers me when some of the younger members of this community start attacking the members of this community that bring the information that they want. This is called Theme Park Insider, and Robert can’t be the only insider here, there are many and I would think that we would approach them with a little bit more respect that what has been shown recently. If one of our insiders thinks that you have an interest in something that they have an interest in, then of course they are going to send you an email. Teachers like to teach and share their knowledge with others, that is what this whole site is about. I have sent and received hundreds of private messages from different people on this website, some I choose to ignore, some I choose to respond to, it is completely my choice. But I also receive a ton of spam per day that is just as easy to delete as any private message.
I guess the point I am making here is that the people who frequent this site and bring the insider knowledge you desire are also the people who are the most willing to reach out to someone and share their knowledge. I have no idea how many Jungle Cruise captains we have on this site, but if you were to smart off to one of them, you would have your hands full defending yourself. James is our resident expert on Cedar Point and I would really appreciate if you did not chase him away. I for one consider James a valuable asset to this website and would be very upset if someone chased him off this website over some kind of stupid middle school-ish bullcrap.
Can we please all just turn the respect dial up a couple points around here, please?
From Dominick DTodd, that was very, VERY rude and mean. Saying insults like that could lead to banning.
Posted April 28, 2012 at 3:29 PM
From Matt BabiakAgreed. That's very rude.
Posted April 29, 2012 at 6:48 AM
From Manny RodriguezAgreed As Well
Posted April 29, 2012 at 1:50 PM
From N BI like everyone.....
Posted April 29, 2012 at 6:37 PM
From Dominick DNB, what does that mean? The video or TPI?
Posted April 29, 2012 at 7:39 PM
From Skipper AdamI'm sure NB means he likes everyone who contributes. And we are Skippers, not Captains! Jk, same difference. However that was a nasty and strange comment.
Posted April 29, 2012 at 8:43 PM
Hating aside, GM and Chevrolet are one and the same, so if you are irked my the sponsor now, you should have been since 1999 (felt odd typing that date). The ride was fun, no one disagrees with that. However, the refurb is short lived and much needed (the ride screamed 90's which is bad for Future World). The ride, as cool as it was then, will be much better when finished.
As for the singers. They're okay. Not Voices of Liberty, but nice. As for "Quality not even that of Universal" makes no sense. They're a temporary group performing one of the most insignificant shows ever. They're just a distraction, adding movement and sound to the area. I don't expect anything remote to an off off Boradway musical, so I don't understand the lack of quality complaint.
They're cheesy and ham it up perhaps a bit too much, but do any of you plan to spend your time in Epcot watching them anyway? Probably not, so much of this discussion is moot in that sense.
From James TrexenOk, let me rephrase because many members, including myself, can agree that Universal is stepping their game up. The only reason I dislike this is because to me, it seems like a cheap and lazy solution to closing a great ride (which irks me even more since it won't be open when I head down to Florida in July). I know they have to put something out in the meantime, but maybe put some interactive activities or something that relates to cars more.
Posted April 29, 2012 at 9:42 PM
From Manny BarronRides close down for refurbishment all the time. Space Mountain closed for nearly 2 years at Disneyland. The Matterhorn is currently closed and so on.....
Posted April 29, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Seriously people, Disney never intended for this group to replace Test Track, it's just a small bonus for people who happen to pass by the area. I thought they did a good job in their performance and it would be nice it they stuck around even after Test Track opened.
From Matt BabiakThey're singing poorly so that the construction workers are motivated to finish the refurb faster. TT comes back, the horrid singers get to leave!
Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:10 AM
From Andy MilitoYou're not worried about talking to the person on a forum, but you get creeped out when you get e-mails from him?
Posted May 5, 2012 at 2:23 PM
From Amanda Jenkins@Matt I laughed so hard at your statement that it brought tears to my eyes :)
Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:33 PM
If their singing (which isn't my cup of tea either) does indeed make the construction workers go faster, then please send them over to Fantasyland after this :)
As for something there for the time being, I would rather see some type of temporary innoventions dealing with mechanical physics, or something more along the lines of imagineering of the ride design or anything other than singers.
From Dominick DEveryone except the I.T. tech guy has been replaced with new singers.
Posted May 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM
From Dominick DThis guy needs to replace the All Stars:
Posted May 19, 2012 at 3:18 PM
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