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New Show Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Early 2019

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

Calling aspiring racers of all ages! I feel a big ol’ Ka-Chow coming on, because beginning in early 2019, there’s going to be another exciting reason to get revved up about a visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, a high-octane first-of-its-kind new show that’ll put you right in the middle of the world of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars.”

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy Coming to Dinsey's Hollywood Studios

At Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, located near Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, you’ll come face-to-face with racing legend Lightning McQueen, who is excited to showcase what he’s learned over the years with you – the next generation of rookie racers. Of course, as Lightning McQueen has discovered throughout his career, things don’t always go according to plan, and he has to think fast to get back on course. With friends Tow Mater, Cruz Ramirez and the gang from Radiator Springs on his side, Lightning gears up for the challenge.

What will happen? You’ll have to speed on over to find out when Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy opens early next year!


  • This is the best news, taking my non verbal McQueen fanatic grandson in March, he will be soooo happy 🙂

  • hope this is just the start of Cars attractions to be represented in the Florida parks…

  • It is soooo disappointing that I’m taking mc queens biggest fan to HS this December, and they don’t even have the chatacters any more.

  • Will this be open between 1/27/19- 2/1/2019 by any chance?

  • Hi Shawn, any chance it will be open the first week of February?

  • Will the show be only for a few months? Or will it last for at least a year?

  • Will this be anything like any of the current Carsland attractions at DLR?

  • So excited for this ! My boy is a big lightning McQueen fan and I can’t wait to bring him !

  • When is this slated to open? Might there be a soft opening late December 2018?

    • Kerri – We don’t have a date to share just yet, but the team is working towards an opening early next year.

  • Sounds like a a much needed show for young kids and kids at heart. Anything new is 100% welcome. ❤😁👍

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