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Epcot Updated Test Track 2.0 Full Experience with Queue, Design, POV Ride, Post-Show and Merchandise – Photos and Video

Hi everyone!

We had the opportunity to ride Epcot’s new Test Track 2.0 (below, left) during the Cast Member preview yesterday! Thanks to Steve Fox for inviting us, we had a great time. The queue and much of the attraction has been completely redesigned, with a clear Tron-inspired feel to it. A Chevrolet En-V is displayed near the entrance.

There is a video about designing cars, and the design on the car (below, left) changes. We were given a “design key” before queuing up to design our car (below, right). Each number on the floor is for 2 or 3 guests, who all share a design station.

We had a great time designing our cars! This allows each pass through the attraction to be unique. The ride itself isn’t different at all, but the design station (below, left) lets you design a car that can be used later. We had some very uniquely styled vehicles (below, right).

 

This was our first car that we made (below, left) – it doesn’t look like much of a car, does it? It took us a few tries to really get the hang of it, but we had a lot of fun! We don’t know how much repeatability this will have – we enjoyed designing our car 4 times, but would we enjoy it 20 times? That we’ll find out! The sign for the Sim Track (below, right) has a World of Motion tribute. It also isn’t a simulator – it’s the real track, as before.

Video #1 – NEW Test Track 2.0 Full Experience w/ Queue, POV Ride, Post-Show, Epcot Disney World, Resembles Tron – New Test Track 2.0 Full Experience w/ Queue, Full Updated POV Ride, Post-Show and More! Includes designing your own vehicle. The ride itself has a similar sleek feel to the newest Tron film.

The first time we felt like we were in the previous ride was when we arrived at the loading area (below, left). But then, it almost feels like we’ve entered a Tron-like environment! This is the view as we went up the ramp (below, right).

Around this point, it says we are connected to OnStar (below, left). We go through several tests, including Capability, Responsiveness and Power. There is a rain simulation (below, right).

This is reminiscent of the old Horizons city of the future (Nova Cite). After the Capability Test is complete, everything turns back into grid form in a very cool effect (below, right).

There are many tributes within the attraction, this segment (below, left) reminds me of the finale of World of Motion, as smoke goes over your futuristic car. We continue to through this tunnel (below, right).

As we finish the last tests, it’s time for the last one – Power (below, left). This is what it looks like before you head out to the track (below, right).

The track itself – just like the loading area – is the same (below, left). Everyone we rode with seemed to think it felt faster than the original Test Track, we thought it felt like the same ride. There are blue lights (below, right) outside at night.

The end of the ride puts us back into the loading station (below, left). Once we exit, there are some pretty fun things to do, including checking your score (below, right). It allows you to see how the car you designed scored – we always seemed to do well on our Power scores, but not much else!

Video #2 – NEW! Test Track 2.0 1080 POV Ride-Through at Epcot, Walt Disney World – Resembles Tron: Legacy Style – This is a full 1080 POV of the updated Test Track 2.0 attraction, which has a very Tron-like vibe to it. This was shot with a Go Pro camera in the front seat.

The Cast Member preview we attended wasn’t busy, but we expect that will change very soon once the attraction opens! Guests can make a commercial out of their car in this room (below, left). There are other cars you can choose as well. This is what the commercial looks like on the screen (below, right), and it can be sent to an email address.

There is a Chevrolet car showroom (below, left), and nearby, guests can take photos with their “car” in different environments like a village or with a polar background (below, right). Right now, there are 3 photos taken and it takes a full minute to take all 3 – hopefully that time will be shortened, 20 seconds is a long time to pose for a photo, 10 seconds is better and Disney could move more guests through quickly.

There are a few new Test Track items for sale – we expect a lot more will be coming (below, left). Steve and I pose for a photo while waiting for our car to arrive (below, right). Denise and I really enjoyed this attraction, much more than expected and it sounds like there will be even more to come in the post-show! Be sure to check out the final ride of the Original GM Test Track below and compare the two versions!

Video #3 – Epcot GM Test Track Final Ride 4/15/12 POV Front Row HD + Full Briefing, Doors Closing, Last Day – This was the final ride of the original GM Test Track at Epcot on 4/15/12. Watch as the clock turns to 9pm and the doors close for the last time before entering the Briefing Room for the complete spiel and then a perfect POV front center ride through in full HD!

For many more great photos, please check out MouseSteps latest update HERE!

All-New: Christmas at Walt Disney World: Holiday Treat 2012 DVD – Available Now:

Jeff Lange’s Holiday Treat 2012 (Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2012)

Seasons Greetings from Jeff Lange! Celebrate the holidays with this new DVD featuring the 2012 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World.

Features yearly favorites such as: “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish (Castle Lighting)“, “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade“, The Magic, All-New Celebrate The Magic! (Holiday Segment),Holiday Wishes Fireworks – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season“, “Celebrate the Season Show“, Very Merry Party Scenes, and much more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Available Now – The Splendor of the Holidays at the Walt Disney World Resorts!

Jeff Lange Experiences: Walt Disney World Holiday Traditions

Jeff Lange brings you this latest DVD in a series that features one-of-a-kind Disney experiences: Walt Disney World Holiday Traditions.

Experience the splendor of the holiday season at the following Walt Disney World resorts: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Bonus: Walt Disney World Dolphin and Walt Disney World Swan.

Running Time: 66 min

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All-New: Halloween at Walt Disney World (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2012) – Available Now:

Jeff Lange’s Trick or Treat 9 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2012)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2012 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World!

Featuring: Not So Scary Entrance Scenes, Trick-or-Treat Trails, The Headless Horseman, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Villains Dance Mix and Mingle, Not So Scary Party Scenes, Haunted Mansion at Midnight and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Trick or Treat vol 1 – 8 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2011) – Click HERE

Halloween Time at Disneyland (Mickey’s Halloween Party)

Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Trick or Treat (Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2010 Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland!

Featuring: Spooky Halloween Party Scenes, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade, Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy, Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies Fireworks, Haunted Mansion Holiday and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Halloween Titles (Including Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2011) – Click HERE

All-New Release – Journey Into Imagination with Original Dreamfinder Ron Schneider: Exclusive Signed Edition

Journey Into Imagination with Original Dreamfinder Ron Schneider: Exclusive Signed Edition

Join Ron Schneider as he chronicles his journey from the early days of Disneyland to his years at EPCOT Center’s Journey Into Imagination – including a previously unreleased ride-through of the classic original attraction!

The Ron Schneider Story (2012) – Ron shares in exciting detail the creative challenges he faced in bringing EPCOT Center’s only characters to vivid life. Anyone who’s a fan of Disney theme parks – or has ever held the dream of performing for an audience of millions – will enjoy these behind-the-scenes tales, told by a talented storyteller and theme park legend.

Journey Into Imagination with Commentary by Ron Schneider (1997) Ron offers up his thoughts and remembrances while you watch this never-before-seen footage from the original Journey Into Imagination!

Journey Into Imagination (1997) Enjoy this previously unreleased 1997 ride-through of the classic Journey Into Imagination. This version features the exterior, queue and complete ride including all of your favorite original scenes with Dreamfinder and Figment!

Running Time: 70 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Epcot’s Journey Into Imagination Collectors Edition 2-Disc Set

Celebrate Spring – Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2012:

Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2012

Celebrate spring at one of Disney’s most anticipated events of the year: The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2012.

Experience these unique panoramic displays throughout Epcot’s Future World and all around World Showcase!

Running Time: 64 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2011, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2010, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2009, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2008

All New – The Very Best of Disney’s Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars!

Jeff Lange Presents: Walt Disney World Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars

Jeff Lange takes you to Walt Disney World to experience the very best of Disney’s Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars!

Featuring: Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky, Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams – 40th Anniversary Special Edition, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Let There Be Peace on Earth Finale, Fantasy in the Sky New Years Eve Fireworks and BONUS: The Magic, The Memories, and You! (Romance Segment).

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available

Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2011

Celebrate the summer of 2011 in style, as Jeff Lange brings you the newest offerings from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

Featuring the following 2011 summertime favorites: Entrance Scenes, Haunted Mansion Interactive Queue, Haunted Mansion Ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Magic, The Memories, and You! plus BONUS: Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky Fireworks Spectacular !

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2010 (Featuring SpectroMagic, Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Show, Main Street Electrical Parade and more!)

Recent Releases – Frontierland Classics, Adventureland Classics and Liberty Square Classics:

Jeff Lange Remembers: Frontierland Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Frontierland” attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following: Splash Mountain (1992), Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade (2006), Country Bear Jamboree (1992), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1997), Tom Sawyer Island (2006) and more!

Running Time: 65 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics

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Jeff Lange Remembers: Adventureland Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Adventureland” attractions. This fourth volume in the series features the following: Adventureland Tour (1992-1997), Jungle Cruise (1993), Enchanted Tiki Birds Tropical Serenade (1992), Pirates of the Caribbean (original version including Barker Bird 1992), Pirates of the Caribbean (1997) and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Jeff Lange Remembers: Liberty Square Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Liberty Square” attractions. This third volume in the series features the following: The Hall of Presidents (Original Version – 1993), Mike Fink Keel Boats (opening day attraction – 1992), Haunted Mansion (original version – 1992), Haunted Mansion Bonus Ride (my final recording of the original version with some special surprises – 2006)!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Epcot Center Historical DVDs – Available Now:

For fans of classic Epcot Center, I present my Epcot Center Historical Collection!

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Walt Disney World Vintage Footage:

Jeff Lange DVD Presents: Bob Welbaum’s Walt Disney World 1986 DVD

 

Jeff Lange turns back the clock to 1986, where you will experience Walt Disney World through the eyes of Disneyana documentarian Bob Welbaum. This incredible vintage footage includes select narration from Mr. Welbaum, who shot this video before recording was commonplace.

Walt Disney World 1986 contains clips from the following: Walt Disney World Resorts, Original Disney Shopping Village, Epcot Center, Discovery Island, Magic Kingdom, Seven Seas Lagoon and much more!

Running Time: 65 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics and Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Disneyland Vintage Footage (5 Volumes Available):

Jeff Lange Remembers Disneyland Classics Vol 5

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience classic Disneyland attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following:

Aladdin’s Royal Caravan (1993), Disneyland Railroad(1992) including the burning settlers cabin, Big Thunder Ranch and more, Beauty and the Beast Show (1993),Pinocchio’s Daring Journey (1993), Alice in Wonderland (1993) andFantasy in the Sky Fireworks (1993)!

Running Time: 66 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Disneyland Classics Volume 1 – 4.

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