Chevrolet and Disney launch Design-themed Virtual Ride

Automotive Design 13 Nov 2012
Chevrolet and Disney launch Design-themed Virtual Ride

Chevrolet and Disney have developed a new virtual ride for the Walt Disney World Resort (Buena Vista, Fla) that offers a deep look inside an automotive design studio through an innovative multi-sensory virtual experience.

The new ride, called “Test Track Presented by Chevrolet” offers its guests a three-part experience.


First, guests will have the opportunity to design their own vehicle – car, truck or crossover – with some helpful hints from the Chevrolet designers built into the process.



Next, they will have the chance to test drive their vehicle design, through the ride, on track surfaces that simulate the actual vehicle validation process used at Chevrolet. Each guest’s vehicle design will be evaluated and scored based on how well their design balanced the core attributes.


Finally, guests have the opportunity to race their vehicle over changing terrain and extreme conditions on a digital driving table, produce and share a TV commercial starring their custom vehicle and pose for action shots in front of their design.


The re-imagined “Test Track Presented by Chevrolet” will open on December 6, 2012.

Below we report additional details from the official release.

From the official Press Release:

The teams used multiple mediums throughout the re-imagined attraction for storytelling, including:

  • Visual cues inspired by Chevrolet’s vehicle design language throughout the architectural elements in the space as well as in the interactive displays; speed forms and concept vehicle displays, like EN-V and Miray, provide a glimpse into the future of Chevrolet design.
  • Advanced computer technology – similar to that used by Chevrolet designers every day – combined with radio frequency technology allows guests to take their unique vehicle design with them through the entire ride.
  • A thrill-ride that provides the test experience where each guest’s vehicle design is evaluated.
  • Social media sharing extends the experience beyond the day at the park.

Development and official statements

The design collaboration between Chevrolet and Disney began 18 months ago with the goal of creating a personal, future-focused and optimistic experience.


Both the companies involved their design talent with expertise ranging from industrial and automotive design to architecture and animation.

The two teams met regularly throughout the development process in both GM’s Design studios in Warren, Mich., and at Test Track in Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.


The collaboration allowed for the greatest level of innovation yet ensured the values of both brands were accurately represented in the new attraction, while allowing both teams to learn from each other’s expertise.

“At Chevrolet, the diversity of talent on our team allows us to consistently produce sophisticated, refined and detailed design – but we don’t typically design through the eyes of a 12-year-old,” said Jeff Mylenek, GM Design manager, Global Exhibit and Merchandising Design.


“Working with Walt Disney Imagineering, we were inspired to see our brand story from a more youthful perspective and really opened the parameters on how to approach this design challenge.”



The result is a unique experience that gives an authentic, inside-the-studio look at the actual automotive design process, while empowering guests themselves to create their own designs, possibly inspiring the next generation of automotive designers.


“The re-imagined Test Track portrays an optimistic view of the future, and reflects the deep collaboration between Disney and Chevrolet on both the design and the overall experience,” said Eric Jacobson, senior vice president, Walt Disney Imagineering.

“It’s a thrilling attraction supported by rich exhibit displays and interactive elements that bring guests directly into the design process – with a few surprises thrown in.”

Additional information is available at

(Source: Chevrolet)

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