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27
Feb 14

A Look Inside the Private Chevrolet GM VIP Lounge Above Test Track in Epcot

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It’s every Disney Nerd’s fantasy to be able to access the “restricted” areas of Walt Disney World.

After 5 years of blogging I’ve been able to unlock one more door to a VIP Lounge in Epcot.  Here are two of the others I have visited:

Siemens VIP Lounge at Spaceship Earth
HP VIP Lounge at Mission Space

This weekend I was able to enjoy the GM VIP Lounge at Test Track.  Access to the private lounges are reserved for employees and guests of the companies that sponsor each pavilion.  Test Track is sponsored by Chevrolet/GM so employees of these companies and their guests may access the private lounge. I’ve found most lounge hours are normal business hours with closures on the weekends. Each lounge may vary.  The lounges also allow Make-a-Wish children the opportunity to come in and rest and of course special events are sometimes held inside the lounges.

This was the case which afforded me the opportunity to access the Test Track Lounge this weekend.

Want to know where the door is?

test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot amanda tinneyAs you enter the Test Track pavilion, hook a right and make your way to the gift shop/attraction exit.

test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot door entranceThe gift shop is on your left. That light illuminates the entry door on the right.

test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot door entrance Once inside, we made our way down a long corridor towards the elevator which took us up to the lounge.

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

Concept art for the reimagining…

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevroletprivate test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot ChevroletTake note of the box at the top right of the elevator frame which reads “Please Announce Your Arrival”. We did not have to use this, as they were expecting our group, but if the protocol is anything like the other lounges I’ve accessed, you would ring that bell and show your employee identification to access the elevator.

Once off the elevator, you enter the main lounge area.

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

The window on the right looks out over the initial hill climb and break testing area of the attraction. It was so dark that I could not get a decent picture for you. There is also a fountain soda machine with free beverages available to lounge guests.  Two of the vehicle design stations were available for guests who would be riding the attraction after enjoying the lounge.

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

This long hall led to another exit as well as the bathroom.

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

Nothing too remarkable about the ladies room.

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

Since the theme of the private event was “Frozen” there were chilly photo opps and character meet and greets.

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private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet amanda tinney frozen characters

After exploring the main lounge area we were led back to the function which was down another corridor that faced the front of the attraction.

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

THE highlight of the evening, besides the booze soaked cronut, was this string ensamble playing music from Epcot‘s Tapestry of Nations Parade.  It almost made me weep.

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet strings

Here’s a snipit for you…

Those floor to ceiling windows looked out over the Test Track entrance and Future World. I wish it had been day time so I could have captured better photos. The 65mph inverted portion of the ride went zooming by with ride vehicles at your toes every few seconds.

Trying to use my body as a shadow from the back light you can see Spaceship Earth as well as the Test Track entrance area.

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet strings

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

I hope you enjoyed this little photo tour of the exclusive GM Lounge. If you enjoyed these photos consider giving me a follow on my social media channels where I post regularly.

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04
May 13

Scenes From the 2013 runDisney Expedition Everest Challenge 5K Expo

2013 Expedition Everest Challenge 5K runDisney

Have you ever been to an outdoor expo at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex?

For the past three years that my daughter and I have participated in the Expedition Everest Challenge, the expo has been held somewhat outside.  Might be because this is a really small race.  5,000 participants. It’s a really neat lil expo though. Here’s some scenes from it taken yesterday as we breezed through packet pickup.

2013 Expedition Everest Challenge 5K runDisney Packet pickup

2013 Expedition Everest Challenge 5K runDisney Packet pickup

2013 Expedition Everest Challenge 5K runDisney Packet pickup

The participant shirts had a new look to them this year. This is the only runDisney 5K where a tech shirt is given. This year’s color was gray.

2013 Expedition Everest Challenge 5K runDisney participant shirt

2013 Expedition Everest Challenge 5K runDisney race bib

2013 Expedition Everest Challenge 5K runDisney official merchandise

Here is some of the official “I Did It” runDisney Merch. The red ladies V-Neck shirt I actually LOVE! Unfortunately, I think the shirts are waaaay overpriced and as a local, I have the perk of being able to wait to see if it makes it to the local Disney outlet store. I paid $30something for my daughters “I Did It” shirt from the 2013 WDW Half Marathon at the expo and then bought the exact shirt for myself for $6.99 a few weeks ago at the outlet. Lesson Learned.

2013 Expedition Everest Challenge 5K runDisney I did It ShirtsThey’ve done the signature wall for the past three years and I think it’s a nice touch.  After the expo Disney will move the wall to the starting area in the Butterfly Lot over at Animal Kingdom so runners can have their photos taken in front of it.  That’s my run partner there in the black. Love that kid!

2013 Expedition Everest Challenge 5K runDisney signature wall

2013 Expedition Everest Challenge 5K runDisney signature wall

2013 Expedition Everest Challenge 5K runDisney basecamp

All in all, it’s a really fun, low key expo.  Good luck to all my fellow runners out there tonight! If you happen to see us please come say hi. We love to meet fellow Disney nerd runners!

Have you run the Expedition Everest 5K Challenge Before?  What’s your favorite part? The run…or the scavenger hunt?


23
Jan 13

Princess Leia and Han Solo His and Hers Star Wars Wedding Rings

NERD ALERT!!!! You love these…I know! Made by the hand of Swank Metalsmithing on Etsy. Thanks to Marc for sharing the awesomeness with me!

Princess Leia and Han Solo His and Hers Star Wars Wedding Rings

Give me a follow over on Facebook so you never miss a post like this again…


31
Jul 12

Disney Sword in the Stone Manicure

Here’s a classic! Nail Nerd perfectly ‘nails’ King Arthur, Merlin, Madam Mim and Excalibur in, of all things, nail polish. Check out Nail Nerd for more fab-oo finger nail designs.

Disney Sword-in-the-Stone-Nails Manicure


11
Jul 12

Vintage Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Map Italian Marble Coasters

A perfect gift for that Disney nerd in your life. This set of Six (6) Italian Marble Coasters depicting the 1977 Photography Guide Map of The Magic Kingdom is available at Breakeble Designs for $25.

Vintage Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Map Italian Marble Coasters

Vintage Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Map Italian Marble Tile Coasters

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