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Robert Niles

2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Lights! Motors! Action! at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Published: December 17, 2009 at 10:36 PM

Lights! Motors! Action! enters the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction tournament as the 16th seed in the Best Live Show bracket. This "Extreme Stunt Show" is Disney's second stunt-centered performance at the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Walt Disney World, after the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. Like Indy, Lights! Motors! Action! mixes thrills with "behind-the-scenes" segments designed to show what goes into creating stunts for action films.

Featuring an armada of stunt-modified Opel cars, the show takes place within a 6.5-acre area, including a Mediterranean-themed set, vehicle garage and 5,000-seat stadium. Stunt coordinators put the cars, motorcycles and even Jet Skis through a series of chases and vehicle choreography, leading up to a montage of the performed stunts being played on the outdoor theater's video screen.

The show was the first import from Paris' Walt Disney Studios theme park, where the "Moteurs... Action! Stunt Show Spectacular" debuted with that park in 2002. The Florida version debuted March 14, 2005 and remains popular with crowds today.

But will it prove popular enough to pull what would be a huge first-round upset against this brackets top seed? We will find out when voting begins in March for the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction in America tournament, here on Theme Park Insider.

Replies (7)

Rob P

Published: December 18, 2009 at 4:46 AM

It really is a good show and have been surprised to hear one or two disgruntled comments. It's packed with adrenalin busting stunts with a soupson of humour thrown in for good measure.
It deserves it's seeding. Whether it has the appeal to go all the way remains to be seen. It depends on a sympathetic draw.
Sylvain Comeau

Published: December 18, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Lights! Motor! is a pretty good show, but far from one of the best at WDW. I would say the best live shows at that resort are Festival of the Lion King, Indiana Jones, Fantasmic! and Finding Nemo. Fantasmic! is reportedly better at Disneyland (I haven't seen their version yet) so I would nominate Festival of the Lion King or Indy.
James Rao

Published: December 18, 2009 at 12:02 PM

I found this show to be surprisingly good and delightfully repeatable - a worthy candidate for this tournament.
Anthony Murphy

Published: December 18, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Suprised its ranked so low.....
Raul Araoz

Published: December 19, 2009 at 2:33 AM

Saw it once and have no desire to see it again. There was one or two good tricks, but the stop and start pacing of the show destroyed any sense of awe and amazement. It all became redundant for me.

I still think Waterworld is the very best stunt show ever made.

Joshua Counsil

Published: December 20, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Feels more like rush hour than adrenaline rush. Stop. Go. Stop. Go.

It's a pretty good show, but certainly not first place material.

Manny Barron

Published: December 22, 2009 at 2:44 PM

This seems a bit low for this show. Though not the greatest the stunts are some of the best in a theme park. I have to agree that the show's pacing is a bit off but this one shouldve been ranked in the 8-11 range.

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