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GM Pulling Out of Test Track

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 08:24 PM

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Brawny started off (and still is) a French company. So considering that the film shoot is set in France, and the original version debuted in France. . . I'll buy the idea. Sure, it should be sponsored by some tire company but oh well.


Whats your excuse for Hanes and RnR? lol
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Posted 09 March 2009 - 10:40 PM

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 04:48 PM

You may need a change of underwear after the ride? :ermm:
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Posted 10 March 2009 - 07:08 PM

Rinjo said:

A tire company is the way I would go. I mean... they go through some serious tires!!!


You're not kidding! They have to change all the tires every two weeks and each tire is about $300!
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Posted 10 March 2009 - 08:25 PM

It's an excuse that your show made itself during the preshow trivia.

Far as Coaster is concerned, it's for the T-shirts.
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 12:26 PM

Well isn't Ford the only one of the Big Three that isn't borrowing money from us, the tax payers, at this time. Companies really need to be careful of how it looks, when spending their money (or ours) these days.
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Posted 01 June 2009 - 07:04 PM

GM filed for bankruptcy today. A contract renewal sounds very unlikely now, especially with the government taking the majority of ownership. Unless Ford, or a tire company like Michelin or Goodyear steps in to fill there shoes, I'm concerned Disney will pull the plug on this attraction.
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Posted 01 June 2009 - 09:17 PM

Nothing has been announced but even though they are bankrupt, GM will still have an advertising budget so it's not completely unlikely
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Posted 01 June 2009 - 11:25 PM

Am I unrealistic to think that they'd be unlikely to replace Test Track even if it was temporarily sponsor-less?
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Posted 02 June 2009 - 08:30 AM

Test Track will stay.
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Posted 02 June 2009 - 05:53 PM

I seriously doubt they shut down the attraction. I'm not too familiar with how sponsorship actually works at Epcot. I imagine that sponsorship funds are factored into operational costs and repairs, meaning that attractions without a sponsor are more expensive for Disney to operate. Test Track is a very open concept...advertisers could be anything even remotely related to transportation.

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 08:07 PM

Well lets see, UoE, WoL, and SSE among countless other attractions across the resort have run without sponsors in the past. . .

I heard at one point Toyota was thinking about taking over.
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Posted 07 June 2009 - 06:51 AM

So i love TestTrack.....i hope that with GM pulling out, that the same thing that happened to horizons wont happen to TT. When GE pulled out of Horizons and the attraction couldnt pulll any money...it slowly dies. I just that disney can either A) find another, better sponsor, or :thumright: sponsor TT itself.

And like Indy said, attractions that disney sponsors usually are great cause disney puts the time into them cause they have money invested in them. Also, SSE does have a sponsor.....it used to be At&t and now it think it's Seimens
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Posted 07 June 2009 - 10:03 PM

If GM indeed pulls out, the ride would need some reworking to remove all of the GM references. I am wondering though if GM is just saying this because they are under so much scrutiny financially. I laughed at the GM "car dealership" at the end of the ride until I realized people actually shop for cars in there, take pictures of them, and talk with GM reps about them. So GM might be able to somewhat justify the cost so long as they can weather the economic storm so to speak.
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Posted 13 June 2009 - 09:23 AM

^I forgot about that "dealership."

I wonder if they got a letter from GM... :D
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Posted 30 June 2009 - 04:33 AM

I think one positive is that the showroom at the end has MAJOR footfall. Any company would be keen on such a prominent location for a showroom. It'll be interesting to see how well Disney can sell this.
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Posted 30 June 2009 - 03:01 PM

There was an article posted in the Orlando Sentinal recently about this subject. Let me find it and post the link.

Here it is!
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/or...0,7040000.story
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