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05 January 2013 @ 06:29 pm
 
So, the new Test Track at Epcot apparently kind of looks like Tron. And a lot of the fans of the previous Test Track apparently aren't too happy. To be honest, their laments are strangely interesting, given my own lack of emotional attachment to the old version. I suppose it's natural to feel a bit biased towards the Disney World that one sees on his or her first visit, and now we're dealing with a new generation of nostalgia. Just imagine - at some point in the future, people will mourn the removal of Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, or of Mission: Space (Lieutenant Dan's Space Ranger Spin), and I will chuckle and say something snarky about the actual good old days, kind of like I'm doing now.

As for my take on the new Test Track, well, it's really not that different, outside of the aesthetics. They've spruced up the once-unsightly queue area, and done away with the obnoxious pre-show characters, both of which I view as pluses. On the other hand, they've added a pre-ride "vehicle design station," which might make for an interesting distraction, but kind of seems better-suited for the post-show area. After all, even if they push the idea that you're testing a car or truck of your own design, the illusion doesn't hold up with six passengers (and six potential designs) to a vehicle.

As for everything kind of looking like Tron... I'm certainly not going to complain. More things in this world ought to look like Tron.

Oh, and speaking of the post-show, I do think they were remiss in not at least bringing back these guys:

 
 
 
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Commodore Dusklance_prevert on January 14th, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
I don't dislike the Space Ranger Spin, but I'm still much fonder of that space's previous tenants, and think those were far better attractions overall (really, at the very least, I wish they'd upgrade the present version - it's such a senseless jumble of scenery right now, on top of looking a bit cheap and worn down... the newer, Disneyland version puts it to shame). Of course, it'll always continue to bug me a little that Tomorrowland has more or less become "Futuristic Fantasyland."

As far as looking cheap and worn down, I think that was the biggest issue with the previous Test Track, and they seem to have fixed it, so I've got no issue there. They may never bring back the World of Motion, but I'm pleased to see them doing justice to the attraction that sits there currently.
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Commodore Dusk: Hurm..lance_prevert on January 14th, 2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
I'd be surprised if they haven't already referenced Dr. Who in the show... They seem to make nods to just about everything else.