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New KennythePirate challenge begins at Test Track in Epcot

 #ktpadventures begins at Test Track in Epcot

Over the last several years we’ve become a challenge family.  We’ve taken on numerous Ultimate tours, we’ve met more than 70 characters in a single day and my brother and I took on a challenge that involved every operating moving ride in all four Disney parks.

Since I get asked all the time if I’m in a theme park each day (usually only weekends), I’ve decided to see how long I can continue with visiting a different adventure everyday.  Most of the adventures will take place in various theme parks, but traveling to other fun places isn’t out of the question either.

I work nights a few days per week, so I can’t spend entire days, every day touring parks, but I think I can at least drop in for something fun before heading home or going after I get my sleep.  Today, my little girl and I started out with the first step…Test Track!Test Track at Epcot

Test Track is my little girl’s favorite ride, so it was a natural choice for a starting point.  The posted wait around noon was 55 minutes and the single rider was listed at 20 minutes.  That seems really low for this time of the year.  We had Fastpass+, so we used that for very little wait.  I noticed a new (to me) concept vehicle in the queue line.  I would actually purchase this car.  It looks pretty cool.Concept car at Test Track at Epcot

Sorry, it’s blurry.  I only used my Galaxy S5 today.20140701_120442

That single rider line is pretty full for a 20 minute wait.Single rider line at Test Track at Epcot

We were designated to Studio A.  There are two Studios for the preshow.Design studio at Test Track at Epcot

I allowed Debbie to design the entire car by herself.  She created a sleek car, then added all her favorite “tubey things.”

Car design at Test Track at Epcot

 

TIP:  After designing your car, leave a few seconds early and head to the door to beat the entire room to return to the queue line and save a few minutes wait.

After touching her Magic Band to the final touch point, we boarded our test vehicle.Test Track at Epcot

 

The ride is very Tron-like.  I won’t post a ton of photos, since I’ve done that before.Test Track

Debbie’s reaction about 3:30 minutes onward is priceless.

My little girl was happy that she had made it through the entire ride with her hands up!
On ride photo at Test Track at Epcot

She was happy with a score of 210, but said that’s the number she gets every time.  I was impressed with her desire to build a fast car that was good on gas mileage.car score at Test Track at Epcot

Then she said this is her future car.Corvette at Test Track at Epcot

I never realized that Bumblebee has been hiding in Epcot all this time.  Very smart move for Universal to put him there for recon missions.Camaro Bumblebee at Test Track at Epcot

She chose to be attacked by aliens, which look a lot like that photo that circulated on Facebook about Head and Shoulders shampoo.  Why do people share that junk without even researching it?  Oh, speaking of flying saucers, our government is looking to send them to Mars!Test Track post show 1

Really?  We’re sending saucers TO Mars?Test Track post show

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Walt Disney World news in brief

I thought I might start a simple Disney news in review column that I’ll feature from time to time to keep everyone informed on of all the goings on in the Disney blogosphere.  I’ll pick out information that could assist you with your planning or enhance your experience.

1.  Gaston confirmed for New Fantasyland

As I announced earlier today, Gaston has been confirmed to begin meeting in New Fantasyland.  The Disney Parks blog announced that his first offical day will be November 19th, but he may appear sporadically prior to that date.

2.  Test Track to reopen December 6th

The all-new Tronesque Test Track complete with “sim cars” will reopen to the public on December 6th. The new version will feature an interactive queue that allows guests to design their own car before taking it out on the track.   Attractions like this typically undergo soft openings to allow for a test and adjust period and train the new Cast Members.  That typically begins a week or two before the announced opening.

3.  Upcoming attraction Refurbs

Splash mountain to undergo refurb.  According to the Disney Parks calendar, it appears that Splash mountain will be closed from February 1 – March 19, 2013 in order to undergo it’s annual refurbishment.

Studio Backlot Tour – Closed For Refurbishment [ Monday, October 08 – Friday, November 16 ]
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – Closed For Refurbishment [ Thursday, October 18 – Thursday, October 25 ]
Country Bear Jamboree – Closed For Refurbishment [ Monday, October 01 – Tuesday, October 16 ]
The Boneyard – Closed For Refurbishment [ Wednesday, October 24 – Thursday, October 25 ]
Typhoon Lagoon – Closed for Refurbishment  [ Sunday, October 28 – Saturday, January 05 ]

4.  Fantasyland Passholder Preview sign up date changed. 

Annual Passholders were supposed to be allowed to sign up for previews of the new Fantasyland area on Monday, October 8th, but the date for sign ups was delayed until Monday, October 15th at Noon EDT.

Actual preview dates will be
Saturday, November 3, 2012
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 10, 2012
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 11, 2012
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Enchanted Tales With Belle Itinerary:

  • Take a tour of Be Our Guest RestaurantBe Our Guest Restaurant
  • Ride on Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Experience Enchanted Tales with Belle

Ariel’s Grotto Itinerary:

  • Take a tour of Be Our Guest RestaurantBe Our Guest Restaurant
  • Ride on Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Take photos and receive autographs from Ariel

5.  Characters in Flight is aloft again.

The new Characters in Flight balloon is aloft again taking guests high in the sky over Downtown Disney.

The cost is:
$18 Adult (including tax) – ages 10 and up
$12 Children (including tax) – Guests ages 3 – 9
Free –  2 and under

6. Pete’s Silly Sideshow opens to park guests.

You can now meet Daisy/Minnie or Donald/Goofy in their circus attire on a daily basis from park open to close each day.  Fastpass distribution for Dumbo and Barnstormer Goofy were relocated into the 3rd tent next to Pete’s.  Pulling a Dumbo Fastpass will also get you a “Surprise Fastpass” for Philharmagic.  One can retrieve a Dumbo Fastpass, and immediately  get a Fastpass for Barnstormer as well.  Lines for the female characters is longer than their male counterparts.

7.  FREE Wi-Fi continues roll out at Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios became the third park to offer free guest in-park Wi-Fi.  The Animal Kingdom is currently the only park of the big 4 that doesn’t offer free Wi-Fi.  I prefer my Verizon 4G Razr Maxx, but hey their Wi-Fi doesn’t ding your data plan.

8.  New room only and package discounts released.

Room Only

Save up to 35% on stays at select Disney resorts, most nights January 2 – March 7, 2013(Excluding January 18-20)

  • Value resorts 15%-25% off
  • Moderate resorts 30% off
  • Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resorts 25%-35% off

Package discounts

“Play, Stay and Dine” is being offered for  select dates between January 2 and March 7, 2013.  The word Dine is included in the offer, but it is NOT the typical Free Dining offer.