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The All-New Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy Debuts March 31 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy will roll into Disney’s Hollywood Studios this Sunday, March 31. This all-new show experience invites guests to step into the world of Pixar Animation Studios’ “Cars” films as guests become rookie racers and learn the rules of the road from Piston Cup Champion Lightning McQueen himself!

Lightning McQueen on stage for Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy, Disney's Hollywood Studios

During this 10-minute show, Lightning McQueen appears live on stage to share his racing knowledge – and if there’s one thing he’s learned over the years is that things don’t always go as planned. But with the help of Mater, Cruz Ramirez and other friends from Radiator Springs, Lightning is bound to get back “on track.”

Guests can indulge in more “Cars” fun in the courtyard outside Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, including meeting Piston Cup champion Cruz Ramirez and jamming to an incredible music mix from DJ, the ultimate party on wheels. Lightning McQueen’s Pit Crew will also arrive on the scene several times a day for “DJ’s Ready! Set! Party Time!” which invites guests to gather around DJ for “Cars”-inspired dancing and games.

The opening of Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is the latest step in the park’s multi-year transformation, which will mark its 30thanniversary on May 1.

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more updates from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


  • Is the Racing Academy going to be a continuously-running show, like Voyage of the Little Mermaid, or a scheduled performance like the Frozen Sing-a-long? Thanks!

  • Feels like this new attraction is “driving” under the radar. It looks awesome! Will this be a fastpass+ attraction?

  • This looks fantastic! I can’t wait to see it!

  • This looks like so much fun!

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