Test Track will be closed from this coming Monday to sometime in September. If you weren't aware of this, you could be forgiven, because it appears that Disney has gone out of their way to prevent guests from finding out. Over the past several months, Disney has:
Quote from: And Now Disney is Just Screwing With Us and Files Test Track Permit | The Epcot Explorer's EncyclopediaOriginally Posted by R.A. Pedersen
I am not a conspiracy theorist, but it would appear as though Disney is going out of their way to prevent guests from receiving advance notice that Test Track will be closed during their impending visit. The only other explanation is someone really dropped the ball here, but the list above requires too many people dropping too many balls simultaneously to be plausible, IMHO, especially when this is not their SOP for an attraction closure.
So it would appear as though Disney wants guests to believe that Test Track will be open for their visit over the next few months, so that said guests don't potentially alter their vacation plans and deprive WDW of short-term profit. IMHO, this is extremely disappointing. Does Disney care about the potential backlash when guests who had every reason to believe Test Track would be open find that it's not? Does Disney care about how this looks to those of us who are informed enough to put the pieces together? Most importantly, does WDW actually care about the experience, satisfaction, and happiness of their guests? I have to think that this is the antithesis of the type of honesty, customer service, and genuine concern for guests that Walt would have wanted for his parks.
I'm interested to hear MiceChat's take on this. Am I making a big deal out of nothing, or is Disney being intentionally deceptive and way out of line here?
EDIT: For the record, I am not against the Test Track refurb. IMHO, Test Track desperately needs the attention and updates, and I'm happy to see it finally being brought into the 21st century. I just think the way that Disney seems to be intentionally trying to prevent guests from finding out about the closure is very disappointing and inappropriate.