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John Ratzenberger Joins the Voice Cast for Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

At Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, the high-octane show debuting later this month as part of the overall transformation of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll come face-to-face with racing legend Lightning McQueen and also see and hear from his friends Cruz Ramirez, Tow Mater and more.

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is the result of a close collaboration between the teams at Disney Parks Live Entertainment and Pixar Animation Studios, creating an all-new story set in the world of “Cars.” The show features many of the original voice talents from Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3” and other films in the franchise.

During his latest visit to Walt Disney World Resort, we caught up with Larry the Cable Guy, who performs the role of Mater. Today, we’re getting a look inside the recording session with another star of “Cars,” John Ratzenberger, who plays McQueen’s closest companion, Mack. Ratzenberger is considered Pixar’s “lucky charm,” having contributed his talents to every Pixar Animation Studios feature film. He was recently back in the studio to once again give voice to Mack for Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy.

When you enter the theater, Mack and Sally Carrera welcome all the rookie racers and test your knowledge of Lightning McQueen as you take your seat and get ready for the show. Fuel up and rev your engines, because the fun starts when Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy opens on March 31 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!


  • John Ratzenberger definitely should be a Disney Legend

  • Seems quite appropriate! If you ask me, and no one did, John Ratzenberger should be a Disney Legend for all of his work within the PIXAR world.

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