VIDEO - First look at Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy

Mar 29, 2019 in "Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy"

 Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy show
Posted: Friday March 29, 2019 9:17am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The new Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy opens Sunday March 31 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and invites guests into the world of Pixar Animation Studios’ Cars films as they become rookie racers and learn the rules of the road from Piston Cup Champion Lightning McQueen.

Located at the Susnet Showcase near to Rock n RollerCoaster on Sunset Blvd inside, guests will come face to face with Lightning, who appears live on stage as a large-scale animatronic. The theater features a 17-foot-tall wraparound screen that stretches more than 200 feet end to end.

During the 10-minute show, Lightning shares racing knowledge gathered over the course of his illustrious career. 

Disney Parks Live Entertainment worked closely with the creative team at Pixar to bring this completely new Cars story to life. Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy will run continuously throughout the day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

And when the race is over, you can continue your adventure in the world of Cars in the courtyard outside Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, where you can meet Cruz for a photo with the champion racer, or dance with DJ, the ultimate party on wheels. DJ made his way east across Route 66 and will now bring his own music mix to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In addition, several times daily Lightning McQueen’s Pit Crew will arrive on the scene for “DJ’s Ready! Set! Party Time!” that invites guests to gather around DJ for Cars-inspired dances and games.

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MisterPenguinMay 15, 2019

The events team stopped doing Club Villain, so, serves them right!!

Magic FeatherMay 14, 2019

It was a planned location with easy bus access for private events and purposes that happened to adjoin to Hollywood Studios. Eventually, it was deemed more necessary for the park than for the events team.

TJJohn12May 14, 2019

Like a black box theater? New content - both high investment and low - is what drives frequency of repeat visits. So frankly, flexible spaces like Sunset Showcase are *exactly* what needs to be sprinkled throughout the parks to augment the tent-pole attractions that can’t be refreshed or replaced as often.

matt9112May 14, 2019

because its a random location designed from the ground up to stuff the flavor of the month into. i cant get behind cheap flavor of the month "attractions" even some that arent horrid like the frozen sing along or this one are poor excuses. real attractions could be built but its a cheap way out. imho of course.

tomastMay 14, 2019

Why not? i did not know there was a controversy about that building (i did not know it exist until some years ago)

ChrisFLMay 13, 2019

I'm a bit late in seeing this, but I saw it yesterday in person (I did watch a video of it on youtube before) and it's much better in person than I expected. The animatronic is really cool and there's some decent humor at times....the wrap-around screen does make it a bit more interesting. The show itself could be a bit more polished, but overall I enjoyed it.

whiterhino42Apr 12, 2019

I went to this today. The building inside looks nice. The animatronic was cool. I found the show itself very lacking. Maybe if it was 3d or something but it's not. My godson is with us, he's 10 and used to love cars. He was bored. There were some really young kids who seemed to enjoy it but felt like it was for the 5 and under crowd.

Magic FeatherApr 10, 2019

There are some awkward aspects that do reveal that this was not purpose built (door in bathroom area that leads into the show, weird holding area that a CM has to stop guests from leaving while wheelchairs load in, etc.), but once inside it feels very purpose built.

Notes from NeverlandApr 10, 2019

Felt designed for the space, in my opinion. People who didn't know the building's past would assume this was more or less what it was create for. It looks permanent in terms of quality.

Magicart87Apr 10, 2019

To those that have actually been: Does the showspace feel complete, as if it were purposefully-designed for this building or does it feel more "open-air" with under-utilized building space?

Notes from NeverlandApr 09, 2019

Adding in my $0.02 here ... the show was nice! Nothing spectacular, but a fun addition in a park craving additions ahead of huge crowds. Great animatronic.

nickysApr 09, 2019

Partly. I believe they exist, just “questioning” if they’re simultaneous! :p Maybe it’s more of the “if a tree falls in a deserted forest, does it make a sound” philosophical debate (not the scientific version). If you can’t hear or see them all, how do we know? ;)

Marc Davis FanApr 09, 2019

They're Schrödinger's dance parties.

Cesar R MApr 09, 2019

I wanted to see the terrain.. anyway.. I just ended checking the official map. The spot seems pretty secluded.