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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

private test track VIP Lounge GM Epcot Chevrolet

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10
Oct 13

Look Inside Disney’s CHASE Lounge at the 2013 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Looking for a way to beat the heat at the 2013 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival?  Have a CHASE card or Disney VISA? Head on in to the CHASE Lounge inside the private American Adventure Lounge!

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We took the stairs but there is also an option to take the elevator.Chase Lounge 2013 walt disney world international food and wine festival american adventure stairs

Here’s the air conditioned seating area.Chase Lounge 2013 walt disney world international food and wine festival american adventure Chase Lounge 2013 walt disney world international food and wine festival american adventure Chase Lounge 2013 walt disney world international food and wine festival american adventure

Amazing view from the lounge looking out over the American Gardens Theater and on to Spaceship Earth.Chase Lounge 2013 walt disney world international food and wine festival american adventure view spaceship earth

Private bar inside the lounge.Chase Lounge 2013 walt disney world international food and wine festival american adventure bar Chase Lounge 2013 walt disney world international food and wine festival american adventure bar beer wine Chase Lounge 2013 walt disney world international food and wine festival american adventure bar menu prices

Complementary coffee.Chase Lounge 2013 walt disney world international food and wine festival american adventure coffeeComplementary Coke Freestyle Machine. Drink as much as you’d like.Chase Lounge 2013 walt disney world international food and wine festival american adventure coke freestyle machines freeCharging station for your cell phone and iPad.Chase Lounge 2013 walt disney world international food and wine festival american adventure charging stationHave You Made Use of the CHASE Lounge This Year?


19
May 13

Tour of the Secret Parlor Inside Epcot’s American Adventure at Walt Disney World

As major Disney enthusiasts, I think that many of us would like to say that we know every inch of Walt Disney World property.  Sadly there are some areas of the parks that are just off limits to day guests.  These special areas aren’t relegated to cast members. Oh no. Some of the most gorgeous spaces are reserved for special events held inside the walls of Walt Disney World Theme Parks.

Let’s talk about the hidden areas of Epcot shall we?  Some of you have heard about the sponsored lounges which are attached to the Epcot pavilions. We brought you a behind the scenes look at the secret lounge inside of Mission Space as well as the Siemans Spaceship Earth Lounge.  Today we are going to take a look at a private area atop the American Adventure Pavilion in World Showcase.  This space is not a sponsored lounge, but a private area used for special events such as meetings and wedding receptions.  It’s called The American Adventure Parlor.

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Here’s a look at what the view must be like from up here.

Have You Ever Been to an Event Inside the American Adventure Parlor?


15
May 13

Wordless Wednesday – Spaceship Earth Viewed from the Roof of the American Adventure in Epcot

Spaceship Earth Viewed from the Roof of the American Adventure in Epcot


30
Apr 13

Disney Theme Parks to Stay Open 24 Hours Again Memorial Day Weekend 2013

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Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will kick off a Monstrous Summer by keeping three theme parks open for 24 hours nonstop on Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of the family travel season.

The Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in California will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, local time* marking the beginning of a summer of fun inspired by the upcoming Disney•Pixar comedy adventure Monsters University.

Mike and Sulley will take a break from collegiate life and their Scare studies at Monsters University to host the All-Nighter, dropping in to scare up some school spirit. Guests will scream and giggle with delight at the lineup of thrills and entertainment that promises to make this a day and night to be remembered for a lifetime.

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In Florida, the Magic Kingdom will feature a Monsters University theme where Mike and Sulley will be the Grand Marshals of the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” day parade – complete with pomp and circumstance – and make appearances in Tomorrowland. Guests also will find extra entertainment throughout the day and night, including characters in their pajamas in Town Square during the late night and early morning, and late-night dance parties in and around the courtyard of Cinderella Castle.

In California, guests can party the night away at both parks with special entertainment, including a Monsters University “TLT Monstrous” Dance Club and Star Wars characters in Tomorrowland, and late-night Character Pajama Party in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland. The new Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre at Disneyland will become a Royal Dance Hall late at night with a live band and dancing, and guests of Disney California Adventure will find Monstrous photo opportunities with new Monsters University “Dorms” in Hollywood Land and a new Monsters University float leading the Pixar Play Parade.

All three parks will feature limited-edition specialty merchandise and food and beverage offerings plus other surprises throughout the entire day.