Via Napoli Restaurant, Italy Pavilion at Epcot

Chat Live with Walt Disney Imagineer Melissa Jeselnick Today at 1:15 p.m. EDT

posted on August 27th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Who’s ready to talk Test Track?

Imagineer Melissa Jeselnick will be with us right here on the Disney Parks Blog, beginning at 1:15 p.m. EDT, to answer some of your questions about what’s changing at the attraction. We’ve received a ton of questions so far, but please keep them coming. You can submit your queries right here for Melissa during the chat.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and follow @WaltDisneyWorld on Twitter for the latest Test Track changes. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #TestTrack.

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Join Us for a Live Chat on August 27 about the Reimagined Test Track at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 22nd, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Since Jennifer shared those first renderings of our reimagined Test Track at Epcot, there’s been a steady stream of requests for more. Well, we’ve got something better than an update. On August 27, Disney Parks Blog readers will be the first to chat live with one of the key Imagineers working on the project – Melissa Jeselnick.

Join Us for a Live Chat With Imagineer Melissa Jeselnick on August 27 about the Reimagined Test Track at Walt Disney World Resort Join Us for a Live Chat With Imagineer Melissa Jeselnick on August 27 about the Reimagined Test Track at Walt Disney World Resort

Melissa is an Assistant Project Manager with Walt Disney Imagineering and the person to talk to about Test Track. She’s been with the company for eight years and has worked on some of your favorites, including Disney Phineas and Ferb Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, Star Tours: The Adventure Continues, The Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Toy Story Midway Mania, Pixar Street, Soarin’ and more.

Melissa will be chatting about how you’ll be able to design your own custom concept vehicle when the attraction is reopened in late fall and how you’ll be able to put it through its paces on the hills and switchbacks of the Test Track circuit.

We’ll also be sharing something you’ve never seen before from the attraction, so mark your calendar. You can also share any early questions in the comments below and then check back on August 27 at 1:15 p.m. See you then.

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New Renderings Depict a Reimagined Test Track at Epcot

posted on April 27th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Many of you have asked for an update on what’s going on at Test Track at Epcot, and we’re happy to announce that new renderings were just released by Walt Disney Imagineering this morning!

New Renderings of the Reimagined Test Track At Epcot New Renderings of the Reimagined Test Track At Epcot
New Renderings of the Reimagined Test Track At Epcot New Renderings of the Reimagined Test Track At Epcot New Renderings of the Reimagined Test Track At Epcot

When complete, the reimagining of this attraction will allow guests to design their own custom concept vehicle, and then put it through its paces on the exhilarating hills and switchbacks of the Test Track circuit. In the post-show, guests can make a TV commercial featuring their concept car or truck, race their car or truck on our virtual track and take a picture with their custom concept vehicle.

The attraction is currently scheduled to reopen late fall.

What do you think?

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Re-Imagined Test Track Will Put Guests in the Designer’s Seat This Fall at Epcot

posted on January 6th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Beginning this fall, Epcot guests will be able to enjoy a re-imagined version of the popular Future World attraction, Test Track presented by Chevrolet.

Re-Imagined Version of the Future World Attraction Test Track Presented by Chevrolet Coming to Epcot this Fall

This new version of the attraction will transform the current testing workshop into the sleek “Chevrolet Design Center at Epcot,” where guests can become immersed in the fun – and fast – world of automotive design. Here, guests will become automotive designers and create their own custom vehicles. Next, they’ll buckle into a six-person SimCar ride vehicle and test out their design on the challenging track of the Test Track course.

Afterward, guests can take a fascinating look into the future of transportation by viewing a collection of the latest Chevrolet vehicles in an all-new showroom.

This fun new experience is the result of a renewed, multi-year business relationship between Disney and General Motors, companies that have worked together for more than 30 years.

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Designing Vinylmation

posted on November 13th, 2009 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


November is a special month for Vinylmation – we celebrated our first birthday on November 7, 2009. We first introduced blank Create-Your-Own Vinylmation at the annual Festival of the Masters 2008 at Downtown Disney. To celebrate this first year milestone, we are launching the Park 3 series at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in mid-November. Interestingly, Park 3 has been in the works for about a year.

Sam the Eagle and Big Al Vinylmation

For the Park series, our Disney Artists are inspired by the various attractions, shows, icons, characters or experiences found at Disney Parks around the world. The Park 3 series contains some classic characters such as Sam the Eagle from the former Disneyland Park attraction America Sings and Big Al from the Country Bear Jamboree. I still have the 33 1/2, long-playing record from “America Sings” featuring the voice of Burl Ives. But that is a different kind of vinyl than what I’m talking about today.

When it comes to designing Vinylmation, the thought processes are slightly different compared to the designing of a Disney pin (the other part of my world). The Vinylmation form is a three-dimensional blank canvas, so our Disney artists have to think about their artwork from all sides. I spoke with Thomas Scott, lead designer for the Vinylmation art team at Disney Design Group, about the art development process.

Herbie the Love Bug Vinylmation

“The art team is continuing to learn the best ways to create art on a flat surface that is eventually wrapped around a three-dimensional form,” said Thomas. “For example, when we designed the 3″ Herbie the Love Bug inspired Vinylmation for Park 3, we had to consider the front, back, side and even the top of the form. The flat artwork looks much different than the final form due to that dimensionality. Also, the manufacturer used 3 different art application processes on that piece to execute our design.”

Thomas also explained that the complexity of the artwork varies from design to design. This means that some Vinylmation make take longer to design than others.

Designing Vinylmation

“With each new series, we are pushing the boundaries of creativity, design and manufacturing,” continued Thomas. “I like the Park 3 series as the designs come right from the Disney Parks. Yet, I’m also very excited about the future designs I’m working on now. We’ve learned so much since introducing Vinylmation to the world and the designs are only getting better with each new release.”

One new thing for Park 3 is a variant (or slight difference) to the Test Track inspired limited edition 9″ plus 3″ Vinylmation set. For this release, the limited edition 9″ Vinylmation designed like a test dummy will be sold with one 3″ Vinylmation. There is something special about the 3″ Vinylmation in the set that will be unique to the west coast and the east coast. Let’s just say it involves some familiar roads where I seem to spend a lot of time sitting in traffic. Any guesses?

Test Track Vinylmation

For more information about Vinylmation, please visit http://www.Vinylmation.com.

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