On this day in 1999, the Epcot attraction Test Track officially debuted. Sponsored by General Motors, Test Track had first opened to the public in December 1998.
A popular Disney World ride (Fastpass typically runs out by mid-afternoon), guests ride in futuristic test cars through a GM "testing facility." They experience 5 minutes of tests to illustrate how automobile prototype evaluations are conducted. The vehicles are powered by 3 onboard computers - which believe it or not has more processing power than the Space Shuttle! Test Track snakes through the 150,000-square-foot pavilion and even at times outside of Epcot's public areas.
One unfortunate aspect of Test Track is that it often breaks down ... which can take up to an hour to get restarted.
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