The Test Track Pavilion at Walt Disney World's Epcot is one of those "Must Do" rides that most people look to experience when walking through the Epcot turnstiles but I didn't know that "Singles" get more than others. I'm glad I got the hot tip!
My wife and I were on our way to The Test Track in Epcot in Disneyworld to get a FastPass timed ticket We planned to do a couple-a-nearby activities and return when the time was right. As we neared the area I looked at wait times. They were about 50 minutes long for walk-in at the time. I then looked to the left and saw another line that stated "Singles Only," or something like that. The time on that line stated 10 Minutes. I called my wife over, checked with the person manning the position and was assured, that going on that Singles line would get us on the Test track in Ten Minutes. As it worked out, we were on in eight minutes.
The reason for the "Singles" seems to be to get the most out of every car, three in the front and three in the back. When we made it to the loading area where all lines joined the larger groups were asked how many in a group and given a car. When there were numbers that didn't fit the car the "Singles" took those spots.
Two groups of three would fill a car but a three and a two are short one. Also, two groups of two left two single seats and many couples who went the "Singles" route were in a car together but in separate seats front and back.
Many time the Singles would be assigned two in a car meaning that a couple, that went through the singles line, may be together in the car but not necessarily next to each other.
For my wife and I, two adults that can be independent of each other in such circumstance, were assigned two different cars, one right after the other.
Face it, when on most of these kind of rides there really isn't a lot of interaction between people who know each other while the ride is in action. The discussion about the ride is once one disembarks...and that's how it was.
The Test Track Pavilion
This was a pretty cool ride, I thought. All are walked through a line and into the test facilities of A General Motors plant. All get into six seater cars, three front and three back, put on seat belts and shoulder straps and start five minutes of heat and cold tests, corrosion testing and more.
The vehicle is tested going up a steep slope and then moves at great speads, about 60MPH, but feeling much faster because of the low profile of the cars and sharp turns, going from inside the plant to the outdoors.
I thought this a pretty cool ride especially near the end outside. The inside heat and cold tests and a little splash of water add to an interesting experience. The bumps and steep incline were OK too.
I really ilked the feeling when we broke loose of a crash barrier and went into the great outdoors along long straightaways and into banked curves. WaY Cool!!
I don't know what the height restrictions are but it's my thought that most kids would like it. Just recalled. My two grand daughters went to this ride with their parents when we were here. The 5 year old didn't make the 40" height restriction. The seven year old did and though a but wary and scared on the ride said she would do it again, something she wouldn't do when we did Africa's Expedition Everest Roller Coaster.
My wife and I both enjoyed our ride and were going to go right on again for another quicky but it seemed more singles joined in with a twenty minute wait...but still great as compared to the 50 minute wait that was up for walk-ons.
I can recommend this ride and, by all means, go for the "Singles" quicky. My wife and I both had exhilarating experiences with strangers.
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