Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy Now Open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Courtney ReynoldsBlog, Hollywood Studios

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy opened on March 31, 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Here’s a look at this cute new Cars-themed attraction.

Yesterday, we were invited to a media event for the opening of Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy—the first attraction to open as a part of Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ 30th Anniversary celebration!

We would like to thank Disney for inviting us to this special event and for providing us with park admission so we could share this experience with you! With that being said, please know that we are always honest when we recap these events.

 

Attraction Details

We arrived at Hollywood Studios bright and early to be the first people to check out the attraction for the day. The attraction is located directly to the right of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at the end of Sunset Boulevard. The area is small but appropriately themed with Cars-themed posters and signage.

A look at the signage outside the attraction. Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

A look at the signage outside the attraction. Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

A look at the signage outside the attraction. Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

A look at the signage outside the attraction. Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

DJ’s Ready! Set! Party Time!

Every day at select times between 10:00AM and 6:00PM, guests can check out DJ’s Ready! Set! Party Time! right outside the attraction. Join DJ and his Pit Crew for some upbeat tunes and racing-themed games. This is a great way to pass the time while waiting for the next show!

DJ’s Ready! Set! Party Time! is a great interactive experience for kids! Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

DJ’s Ready! Set! Party Time! is a great interactive experience for kids! Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

DJ’s Ready! Set! Party Time! is a great interactive experience for kids! Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

Meet Cruz Ramirez

Be sure to stop and say “hi” to Cruz Ramirez, who is stationed right next to DJ and his Pit Crew!

You can meet Cruz Ramirez right outside the attraction! Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for: a peek inside Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy!

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is a show that mixes CGI visuals, audio animatronics, and practical effects. The bulk of the show is on an ultra-wide screen so there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. We sat in the very back row and were able to see everything perfectly!

Here’s a peek at what you can expect during the show. Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

The show takes you through a racing lesson taught by Lightning McQueen himself. During the lesson, something goes wrong with the simulator and Lightning McQueen is faced with a challenge to race his longtime adversary Chick Hicks. With the help of his friends, Lightning McQueen is able to defeat Chick Hicks and show us racing students how it’s done!

Here’s a peek at what you can expect during the show. Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

Overall, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is a super cute show with great visuals, a fun story, and an impressive animatronic. This is a great attraction for kids, especially those who love the Cars movies. I definitely recommend checking it out!

Here’s a peek at what you can expect during the show. Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

To see our live coverage of this event, check out our Instagram story highlights!

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Courtney Reynolds

Courtney is a Photographer for WDW Magazine. She is originally from New England, but is currently enjoying life in Orlando. You will often find her with a camera in one hand and a coffee in the other. She also loves tacos, Donald Duck, and riding roller coasters. Her favorite holiday is Halloween. For more about Courtney, you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram.