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Meet Lola. (Yes, I named the car.) Lola is the prototype car that my sisters and I designed when we went to the newly reimagined Test Track in Epcot. Basically, you design a car then ride it around the track to “test” it for things like speed and turning power and all sorts of other things, the names of a which elude me at the moment.

I had heard a lot about this ride before I went on it, and I was curious to see how it would work. Well, it starts when they give you a plain white plastic card, about the size of a credit card. Maybe a little bigger. Anyway, you get in line and are filtered in large groups into a kind of computer room with a ton of big touchscreen computers. You’ll tap your white card to a sensor on a machine. It will then allow you to begin designing your car. You can pick between engines, tire sizes, colors, all kinds of things. My parents designed this one:

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After you finish that, you’ll join another line, still clutching that white card lest your beautiful car design be lost, and wait a few minutes to get to the ride vehicles. Then tap your white card to another kiosk, climb into a car, and begin the ride. There are still lots of great thrills, but the difference is that your car’s rating for each test is put up on a screen for you to see after each segment.

I was hoping that Disney would somehow make the ride car look like the car you made (maybe through the magic of projection, or better yet, pixie dust?), but I guess that was a teensy bit unrealistic. Anyway, the cars are really just plain black vehicles.

Lola did Pretty well in everything except speed, because someone (Chrissy, I’m looking at you) insisted on making it solar powered. Oh well, it was a win in my book.

P.S. They have some pretty cool displays in the first queue, including different cars and this engine, which according to my dad is “like artwork”.

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Have you ever named a car or other inanimate object, just out of sheer awesomeness?

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