DETROIT -- I've got two kids approaching ripe ages for that Disney World trip that many parents deem a rite of passage. I sort of dread it though, what with the crowds and the expense and, well, all the Disney stuff.
But there is one attraction that I know my boys will be wild about, given how they clamber over all manner of demo vehicles that I occasionally pull into the driveway.
After a nine-month overhaul, the Epcot theme park's Test Track reopens Dec. 6 under a fresh sponsorship from Chevrolet.
Opened in 1999, the ride is essentially a flat roller coaster that simulates an automotive test track, hurtling riders along banks and tight turns at speeds exceeding 60 mph. That's cool enough to make it one of the most popular rides at Epcot, drawing millions of visitors a year.Using software "similar to that used by Chevrolet designers every day," visitors will start with a single line scrawled across a touch screen and manipulate the design from there. Once the vehicle is sketched, visitors can add custom wheels, paint, special fascias and flashy accessories.
Then visitors will board the ride and have their own virtual vehicles scored on how well they would perform over the track on key attributes such as capability and responsiveness. Afterward, patrons will stream through a showroom featuring as many as a dozen current Chevy production cars.