First Permit Filed for Reimagining of Test Track

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Reimagining of Test Track

Hey Disney vacationers! Big news is rolling out of EPCOT as Disney has officially filed the first permit for the much-anticipated reimagining of Test Track. This beloved attraction, known for its high-speed thrills, is gearing up for a major makeover that promises to revamp the experience while nodding to Disney’s rich history.

What’s New with the Test Track Permit?

Buena Vista Construction Company permits are usual not attention grabbers. However, this one is a little different. The permit notes work will be handled by Coastal Steel—a name familiar to those who follow Disney World’s construction projects—spells “general construction” for Test Track. While typically, this might sound generic, the involvement of Coastal Steel, not Disney’s in-house team, adds a twist to the tale. Known for their work on epic projects like Expedition Everest and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Coastal Steel brings a legacy of expertise in ride systems and steel structures.

Notable Projects by Coastal Steel:

  • Expedition Everest: A crowd favorite for its adventurous theme and exciting design.
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach: Known for its engaging water attractions and icy theming.
  • Mickey’s Toontown Fair: A family-friendly area that was beloved for its interactive elements.
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A revolutionary addition bringing the Star Wars universe to life.
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: A modern twist on a classic Disney story with smooth, innovative ride technology.

Operating out of Orlando, FL, Coastal Steel has over 45 years of experience, making them a perfect pick for this ambitious project. It should be noted the involved of Coastal Steel could be solely for the major updates coming the attraction’s entrance and not work on the track itself.

reimagining of Test Track

Why This Permit is Interesting

One of the more intriguing aspects of the permit is its expiration date—February 28, 2025. It’s uncommon for Disney to specify an expiration date on their Notice of Commencement permits, as these typically default to a 1-year expiration. This date hints at Disney’s timeline for the project, suggesting they are pacing the construction to not spill into March 2025.

Timeline and Expectations

Disney has penciled in June 17th as the closure date for the attraction to commence its transformation, but the reopening remains under wraps. Based on past ride rethemes like Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, which will take about 18-20 months, I might expect Test Track to remain closed through at least winter 2024, likely extending into spring 2025. However, according to Len Testa on the Disney Dish podcast, there’s chatter about a shorter timeline of about 9 to 12 months, potentially setting up a grand reopening for summer 2025.

This timing is particularly strategic. Universal Orlando is expected to open its newest theme park, Epic Universe, in summer 2025. Disney could be positioning the reimagined Test Track as its “play” attract guests during this competitive period.

A Nod to Disney’s Heritage

What’s especially exciting is how Disney Imagineers are planning to infuse elements from the original World of Motion attraction, an EPCOT classic that charmed guests with its whimsical take on the history of transportation. By blending nostalgia with cutting-edge technology, the new Test Track is poised to become a beacon of innovation and a tribute to Disney’s imaginative legacy.

Final Thoughts

The reimagining of Test Track is shaping up to be a next milestone in the refresh for EPCOT. As we anticipate further updates, it’s clear that Disney is laying the groundwork for something spectacular. For all Disney park fans, this is a development worth watching closely. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or a Disney history buff, the new Test Track promises to deliver an experience that’s both exhilarating and heartwarmingly familiar.

Stay tuned for more updates as we follow the transformation of one of Disney’s most iconic attractions into what could be the highlight of summer 2025 at Disney World!

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I’m a die-hard Disney fan with 38 years of visits under my belt, having stepped into Disney World 120+ times. Proud to be a Disney Annual Passholder, a Vacation Club member since ’92, a Castaway Club Member, and a runDisney enthusiast. Oh, and I’ve graduated from the Disney College of Knowledge. Need Disney insights or planning tips? I’m your guy!