First look at Disney World's new Lightning McQueen show

November 23, 2018, 1:41 PM · Walt Disney World is opening four new attractions next year at its Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park. The headliners are, of course, the two new rides in the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land — Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance — whose names Disney revealed at last weekend's Destination D event in Orlando. And then there's the first-ever Mickey Mouse-themed dark ride, Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, which opens in the old Great Movie Ride space in the Chinese Theater sometime late next year.

But the first of the new attractions to open next year at the Studios will be a new Cars-themed show in the Sunset Showcase theater, Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy.

Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy

Disney is teasing the new show in its "Disney Parks Presents a 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Party" show that is playing today on the Disney NOW app and then starts showing on the Disney Channel on December 1 at 8pm ET. (It's at the 19:00 minute mark, if you want to skip to it on the app or your DVR playback.)

Previewing the Lightning McQueen show

In the preview, show directors from Disney and Pixar talk about the new production, which will feature Lightning McQueen on stage showing off his "racing simulator," a 200-foot wrap-around video screen in the theater. Lightning's here to share some of his tips for the aspiring racers in the audience, and he's brought Tow Mater, Cruz Ramirez, and other friends from Radiator Springs to cheer him on. But since it's Lightning McQueen, expect at least a little gentle chaos along the way.

Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy premieres next spring at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. No specific opening date yet.

Replies (5)

November 23, 2018 at 5:04 PM

This won`t move the needle, but it could be good.

November 24, 2018 at 5:50 AM

Welcome to the golden age of "screens"

November 24, 2018 at 6:19 AM

It was this or the cars ride from California. Well you know, world class theme parks, right...

November 24, 2018 at 6:07 PM

I think this is going to be more along the lines of a temporary attraction to help soak up the impending Star Wars hordes. If children find it entertaining, then it'll have served it's purpose.

November 26, 2018 at 1:04 PM

Circlevision 180 with animatronic cars characters... interesting.

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