Originally announced back in April
, the new Lightning McQueen appearance in the "Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show" was originally expected to open in early-mid June 2011. The official Disney Parks Blog
today offers some more information, and gives an opening date of "later this summer". From the new description given, it does sound as though Lightning will make more than just a drive-by appearance. Here is the full description.
"Look for his cameo when the stunt show director sets up a highlight reel dedicated to “one of the greatest race cars of all time.” But just as the crew leaves to set up for the next stunt demonstration, the highlight video feed is interrupted with a distress call from Mater, Lightning’s rusty sidekick. He warns the audience that secret agent Finn McMissile has issued a report of enemy spy activity at “these here coordinates.” Lightning McQueen speeds in to calm the audience down and explains that Mater is probably just telling tall tales again.
Just then, a mysterious black automobile appears on the stage. I don’t want to give away all the details here, but let’s just say what follows is quite an animated game of cat and mouse."
The Lightning McQueen and Mater meet and greet experience has also been delayed from its original expected early June opening, but is still planned to open.