Test Track rolled out a new look in 2012. While the look and feel of the ride has changed, the boarding and transferring process for wheelchairs remains the same so if you have visited before don’t worry. If not check out the procedure below!
To enter you go through either the standby queue or schedule a FastPass+. Since this is a popular attraction at Epcot we recommend using FastPass+ or getting to the attraction at opening.
The Design Center is the part of the queue where you will design your car for the attraction. I’ve only been through the FastPass queue but the monitors were low so it was easy for me to use them.
There is a practice vehicle located outside of the attraction. Checking it out beforehand made me more confident about transferring. You can even practice if you want. The car was about the same height as my wheelchair so it was pretty easy for me to transfer to the side and then lower myself in.
The sign says that you should be able to transfer within 30 seconds but don’t let that worry you. The Cast Members at Test Track have always been very patient and accommodating. You don’t need to hurry, 30 seconds is longer than you think.
There is an additional grab bar that you can request for the Sim Car (ride vehicle). I felt comfortable with the seat belt, it goes across your chest and it kept me stable. There is also a grab bar next to the seat that I used. There are a few sudden stops so if you are worried I would go ahead and request it.
Once we got through the queue and to the loading area we were taken by where you typically board the Sim Car and Cast Member asked us a few questions about transferring. In main loading area the Sim Car sits really low and you would need to step down into it. You can get into the ride vehicle here but I recommend asking to load in the seat belt check area. (They may take you there automatically but if not ask.) This photo is from the old version of the ride but the seat belt check area is the same.
You will take a lift down to the seat belt check area. They will bring a Sim Car there for you to board. It’s a lot easier to load here because the car is at the same height as your chair, just like the practice vehicle outside. They will keep your wheelchair there so when the ride is over you will pass through where everyone else exits and go back to the seat belt check area. Getting out is much easier here as well. Once you are back in your wheelchair they will take you back to the lift for you to exit.
While Test Track isn’t the easiest attraction when it comes to transferring I would definitely give it a try. Just remember if you need extra help make sure that there is someone in your party that can help. Cast Members are not allowed to assist you.