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VIDEO: Behind the Scenes Look at Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

(UPDATE 3/29/19): One of the most underrated new attractions coming to Walt Disney World is Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, which is opening in Disney’s Hollywood Studios later this year and based on the famous Cars franchise. Today Disney has given us a first look at what that attraction will be like…

Look at Lightning McQueen from in new Hollywood Studios attraction

When guests enter the Racing Academy, they step into the world of Pixar Animation Studios’ “Cars” films and learn to become rookie racers and learn the rules of the road from Piston Cup Champion Lightning McQueen himself!

Lightning McQueen on stage in Racing Academy

We found out that Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is going to be a 10-minute show where McQueen appears live on stage to share his racing knowledge.

Of course there promises to be lots surprises along way and he’ll get help from his friends Mater, Cruz Ramirez and other friends from Radiator Springs.

They even made a video with a sneak peak of the Racing Academy Show and it looks pretty sick:

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.


Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy Preview

Disney just released a brand new, behind the scenes look at Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, where they showed all the awesome technology being used to bring these characters to life!

The way they’ve been able to design the attraction is quite remarkable because the Imagineers can develop the space using Virtual Reality and know exactly what it will be like to experience that space as a guests, from every angle.

Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy Preview

Disney Imagineers have used the original animation from Pixar and added in custom animated effects and they’ve made sure the story Pixar wants to tell is brought out in the show.

The setup will be like a theater with Lightning McQueen on the stage in the front of the room. Behind him there is a stage which will play a big part in the show:

Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy Preview

The screen which will be used behind Lightning McQueen is HUGE at over 200ft wide!

Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy Preview
Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy Preview

Here’s a video showing what it will look like:

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy opens March 31, 2019 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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