Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy at Hollywood Studios
Rev up your engines and get ready for the newest attraction at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios! Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is the place to learn how to be a champion racer.
Disney recently invited us to get a first look at this new family friendly experience and I’m sharing all scoop. Read on to learn all you need to know about Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy.
*This post is made in partnership with Walt Disney World. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
Lightning McQueen is now at Disney World
Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is a new show at Hollywood Studios. McQueen shows off his best racing skills with a cool simulator and you get to watch it all! The space is set up with bench seating and pretty much anywhere you sit you’ll be able to see. There are screens covering a big part of the wall so it’s easy to follow along.
During the show Lightning McQueen’s friends make an appearance on screen and make it a family affair. We loved seeing Mater, Cruz Ramirez, Sally, Flo and Doc Hudson and more. My boys were in awe the whole time!
The show begins with a great introduction from Lightning’s BFF Tow Mater. We are reminded of McQueen’s journey and how he became the best racer. Then, right on the stage, Lightning McQueen appears in person! It’s amazing to see him in real life, wheels turning, eyes moving and actually talking.
While McQueen takes us through his racing simulation, some things don’t go according to plan. I won’t spoil it for you but a very special guest makes an appearance and brings a little chaos. It’s all very exciting!
Showtimes & Location
Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is located in Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood Studios. You can find it easily behind Tower of Terror and to the right of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
The show runs all day long so you can catch it anytime. It’s great if you need some downtime with little ones while bigger kids are riding some attractions nearby. It’s also indoors so you get a break from the Florida heat and humidity.
Stroller parking is available right across from the entrance for your convenience. However, the theater is accessible and if you’re in a wheelchair you main remain in it.
Cars Courtyard Party Time
Party with DJ – the ultimate party car from Route 66 – in the courtyard before or after the Racing Academy. The fun continues with photo opportunities, music and dancing!
My kids really enjoyed dancing with the “Pit Crew” and playing games. It was the perfect way to get pumped up before watching the show. They even played Car Wash and the kids all went through bubbles as if they were cars going through a car wash. It’s adorable!
Take advantage and have your camera ready! There are photo-ops all over the courtyard. The walls are lined with great big posters great for those Instagram moments.
You’ll also find Cruz Ramirez and DJ—the ultimate party car from Route 66—there for a meet and greet! Seeing the cars up close is a real special treat and got me major mom points. My boys were amazed the entire time!
If merch is your thing, you’ll be happy to know they have a stand in the courtyard with all kinds of Cars goodies.
Everything from plush, bath toys, remote control cars and so much more is available right there! We grabbed two new toys to add to our collection.
Now are you ready to race?! If you’re headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, make sure to check out Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy. This new, fun show is perfect for all ages and sure to be a good time.
Thanks again to Disney for inviting us. Have a magical day!