Friday, December 27, 2013

Exotic Driving Experience Review

I've been meaning to write a review of my Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Orlando and wanted to get it in the books before the year is over.

Normally most of us will write reviews when something is really exceptional or terrible, but when things are the middle of the road we just never get around to it.  That is the case in this situation for me.

I have always loved Lamborghini cars since I was a little kid, but never really thought I'd get a change to drive one, or even sit in one for that matter.

I don't recall where or how, but I happened to stumble across the Exotic Driving Experience site and found out you can actually drive them and there are several different track locations.  The one we went to was right in Walt Disney World by the Magic Kingdom.

I was real excited on the day of and a bit nervous as well.  It's not every day you get to drive a $200k+ true exotic car like that!

My time was 10am and when we arrived there were several groups of folks driving around the track.

On this day there were multiple folks set to drive each car they had available at each time slot.  It took about 45 minutes to go through their short training video and wait for our turn to drive.  I was the first one in my group of I think 5 people that were set to drive the Yellow Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 shown with me in the pic above. 

The most important bit of advice I would like to give for anyone that is considering trying this is to go with the fully automatic mode of driving.  All of the cars have the ability to utilize either paddle shifters on the steering wheel or fully automatic mode.  Paddle shifting is like using a stick shift except there is no stick and no clutch.  You shift with the paddles right on the steering wheel

If you are familiar with paddle shifting, you might be fine, however I was not familiar with paddle shifting and have not driven a stick shift car other than when absolutely required a few times 20+ years ago.

I chose paddle shift mode because I figured I should get the full experience, but that was a mistake.  It made the whole experience a bit nerve racking.  The instructor is in the passenger seat and he tells you when to shift, speed up, brake hard, turn in on the corners, etc.  Needing to paddle shift as well as learn the track and how the car handles was a bit much.

If you choose fully automatic mode all you need to do is hit the gas, brake and know when to turn in hard in particular areas of the course.  That would have been SO much better.

It was great to have the opportunity to drive one of my dream cars and I may do it again one day, but I will be sure to do fully automatic mode. 

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