After living about twelve houses down from my mom for the past eleven years, we are now living over twelve hundred miles away in Denver, Colorado. Because of this move from Florida, I don’t get to see my mom as often as I used to.
When I found out that I was going to Orlando for a sponsored retreat with Traveling Mom, I sent my mom a text asking if she wanted to meet me. I was thrilled that my mom was able to make it and we had a wonderful time catching up on the past few months, exploring the Disney parks and eating out. On the morning before we were both supposed to head back home, we explored Epcot.
Epcot is not my favorite park to visit at Disney World. I will pause for a moment so that everyone can grumble about my lack of love for Epcot. Most of my Disney trips have included two children under the age of 7 and they are just trying to go from ride to ride to ride. I wasn’t sure that Epcot would hold their interest so we used our hopper passes to explore the other parks.
We arrived at Epcot in the morning and headed straight to Test Track Presented by Chevrolet (and not just because Chevrolet was a sponsor of the retreat). I have been told over and over again that we couldn’t miss this ride and after hearing about it at the retreat, I knew I had to check it out for myself. We used our Fast Pass, which is highly recommended because this ride is very popular. When we arrived, the standby line was already up to 90 minutes. The Fast Pass is free to use and you get it by inserting your park ticket into the Fast Pass machine. Head straight there and pick up a Fast Pass when you get to Epcot because the passes go quickly.
When it was time for us to return for our Fast Pass time, we waited in the short line and soon it was our turn to experience Test Track. We stepped into the Chevrolet Design Center and laughed as we designed our own car. Our custom concept car might not make it past concept but we sure had fun designing it.
After designing our car, it was time to test it out on the test drive. We hopped into our car (not actually the car we designed but we were going to see how our car would have performed) and put it through the paces.
The last part of test track is to go from 0 (well maybe closer to ten because the car is already moving) miles per hour to 65 miles per hour outside. The car is open and low to the ground. You feel like you are flying.
As we zipped down the way, my mom and I giggled with glee as I heard her exclaim, “I could totally have been a race-car driver!”
The smile on her face isn’t one that I will soon forget.
This comment has stuck with me and it makes me grin at the excitement we both felt. It is also a reminder that my mom is not just my mom but someone who enjoys all sorts of things and has her own little secrets; a reminder that I want my own children to have as they grow older.
I think that our next adventure just might have to be the Richard Petty Driving Experience.