Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy to Open March 31!

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, a new show featuring the bright red star car of the Cars movie franchise, is set to open this coming March 31 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The new show will be housed in Sunset Showcase near Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and will immerse guests in the world of Pixar Animation Studios’ Cars films.

According to details released several weeks ago during a Disney Channel special, during the show you’ll be face to face with racing legend Lightning McQueen, along with his friends Mater and Cruz Ramirez.

Lightning McQueen heading to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this March 31!

Guests will take on the role of rookie racer as they enter the theater and find Lightning McQueen live on stage. McQueen and the entire audience will be enveloped by a giant, wraparound screen that is nearly two stories tall and stretches more than 200 feet from end to end.

McQueen will demonstrate racing techniques on a new simulator and share career highlights with his guests, with a few twists and turns along the way. Lightning’s pals from Radiator Springs chime in with their support, to help him as he gears up for a new challenge.

Are you curious to see what happens during Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy? We sure are! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

4 Replies to “Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy to Open March 31!”

  1. Interested, but thinking the queue length will be extreme and wondering what age group they’re going for — all ages, or primaril the younger set?

    Frankly, I thought Club Villain was an excellent use of this space… great food, very entertaining and intimate meet-and-greets with the villains. Perhaps the best value in evening dining/entertainment I’ve encountered at WDW. I also think it’s a concept that they could easily replicate and bring back on an occasional basis, either at Sunset Showcase or elsewhere, so here’s hoping…!

    1. Obviously written by someone who does not bring boys to WDW. Girls have the Princesses. Boys not so much. So the Racing Academy will be great for the boys. If you don’t like it or do not bring boys, feel free to skip this attraction. There are plenty of attractions – try something else.

      1. Excellent guess Jim. I’ve got 2 girls. However they never were into the princess thing so much either. Lucky me. They always liked the animal characters.

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