'Disney Parks Presents a 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Party' TV special gives a preview of the upcoming Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

Nov 27, 2018 in "Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy"

The 'Disney Parks Presents a 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Party' TV special is offering a sneak peek at the upcoming Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, opening at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Spring 2019.

You can check it out now on the DisneyNOW app, or wait until December 1 at 8pm to see the airing on Disney Channel. If you are using the app, head to around the 19 minute mark to get straight to the sneak peek.

The all-new show-attraction, to be located in Sunset Showcase near Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, will immerse guests in the world of Cars and bring them face to face with racing legend Lightning McQueen.

Taking on the role of rookie racer, you’ll cruise into the theater and find yourself face-to-face with Lightning McQueen, appearing live on stage. McQueen and the entire audience are enveloped by a giant, wraparound screen that is nearly two stories tall and stretches more than 200 feet from end to end, pulling everyone into the action! The racing legend is excited to showcase what he’s learned over the years. Of course, as Lightning McQueen has discovered throughout his career, things don’t always go according to plan, and he has to think fast to get back on course. Friends like Tow Mater, Cruz Ramirez and Lightning’s pals from Radiator Springs chime in with their support, as Lightning gears up for the challenge.?

Disney Parks Live Entertainment is working closely with the creative team at Pixar Animation Studios to bring this new “Cars” story to life.

The Sunset Showcase venue opened in 2015 as "flex space," allowing Disney to use the building for different purposes. Since its opening, it has been home to the Club Disney dance party, and a Villains-themed ticketed event.

Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy is planned to open early 2019 at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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Article Posted: Nov 27, 2018 / 10:57am ET