Test Track, located in Future World at EPCOT, is the fastest attraction at Walt Disney World. There isn’t much more of a thrill than hitting the top speed of 65 mph on Test Track. It is certain to give you a rush. The next fastest attraction at Disney World is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at 57 mph. Test Track consistently ranks as one of the top 5 most thrilling attractions at Disney World. However, we just received some breaking news on Test Track.
The State of Florida Government has just forced Disney to close Test Track indefinitely. According to official government reports, the Test Track cars failed their emissions test. This does not come as a surprise given Test Track has been using the same cars since the attraction opened in 1999. The report stated that the level of pollutants coming from each car far exceeds the standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
According to internal sources familiar with the matter, Test Track cars have an emissions test every two years. However, the cars were not tested in 2020 due to COVID, which means they have not been tested since 2018. A lot has changed in the past four years regarding emission tests and EPA regulations, which is likely why the cars passed back in 2018, but are not passing this year.
The reason the government and EPA is cracking down so hard is because Test Track cars put on way more mileage in a year than you would think. The track length is about a mile long and each car goes around the track every 5 minutes, for 12 hours in a day. When you do the math, a single car on Test Track drives about 150 miles per day. Usually Test Track has 25 cars running at once. That means per day, all of the Test Track cars combined are logging 3,750 miles! Given this, all Test Track cars in total drive 1,368,750 miles in a single year! It is no wonder The Florida Government is forcing Disney to comply with EPA standards.
The Florida Government in tandem with the EPA has required that Disney shuts down the attraction until all of the cars can pass the emissions test. This will likely be an extended closure since Disney is going to have to rebuild the car engines and do redesign work to make them more energy efficient. This will also be a costly initiative by Disney to fix all of the cars. The only alternative would be to cheat on their emissions test, but that didn’t work out too well for Volkswagen.
According to the report, Disney has to shut down Test Track within the next week or will be heavily fined by the State of Florida and the EPA. We do not know how long it will be until the attraction reopens. Unless Disney is able to find a quick patch solution, this closure could last months or even as long as a year or more. We will continue to keep you updated as we get more information on Test Track’s closure after failing their emissions test.
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