Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

INTRODUCTION: Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, a new show featuring the bright red star car of the Cars movie franchise, is set to open March 31, 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  The 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.

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In Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, guests will be taking on the role of rookie racer as they enter the theater and find themselves face-to-face with the red race car, who appears live on stage. McQueen and the entire audience will be enveloped by a giant, wrap-around screen that is nearly two stories tall and stretches more than 200 feet from end to end, pulling everyone into the action!

McQueen is anxious to showcase what he’s learned over the years. But, 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.

According to details released 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.


As a new attraction, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is bound to be very popular initially. We suggest taking advantage of FastPass+ if it is available.

Restrooms are located in the show building. There is a companion restroom at this location.


“Cars” character Lightning McQueen is the star of this show, accompanied by his friends Mater the tow truck and Cruz Ramirez.

Disney Characters are found throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Check your daily Times Guide or the My Disney Experience app for times and locations of character Meet and Greet opportunities.

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Disney recently released a version of its 30th anniversary logo featuring Lightning McQueen and one featuring Mater the Tow Truck.

Hollywood Studios’ 30th Anniversary Logo Featuring Mater ©Disney
Hollywood Studios’ 30th Anniversary Logo Featuring Lightning McQueen ©Disney

Sunset Showcase was originally used as Club Disney, which was an electric club environment, where a DJ Club Host spun a playlist of Radio Disney Top 40 songs as the floor and walls came alive with vivid images from classic Disney animation.

Club Disney

Club Disney premiered at Sunset Showcase on December 5, 2015.

Club VillainThe Sunset Showcase was also home to Club Villain. The specially ticketed event featured performances, food, cocktails and encounters with some of the greatest Disney villains. The mysterious Dr. Facilier was host for the evening, welcoming guests and his friends from the “other side” to his parlor of mystical mishaps, with musical numbers and a wicked mix from his house DJ. Also stopping by to socialize were those divas of evil, Maleficent, Queen of Hearts, Cruella De Vil and the Evil Queen.

Club Villain is not currently being offered.

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