Ka-Chow! Lightning McQueen Racing Academy is open for a pit stop, should you turn in? On the last weekend of March the McQueen Racing Academy opened its doors to give guests an under the hood look at how he prepares for the track. On our last trip to Walt Disney World we met up with the famed race car to see what it’s all about, spoiler free of course! We’ve got the tires, you’re on fuel duty, let’s make this a clean pit stop!

Entrance to McQueen Racing Academy

What Is It?

You can’t hit the track without a little practice. It would be like going to Disney World without booking Fastpasses. You can do it, but it’s not recommended. At the McQueen Racing Academy you’ll get a behind the wheel view of how the 95 car works on his racing techniques. From the art of drafting to making all those left hand turns, nothing is held back. You’ll even be joined by his pit crew.

For two of the holiday seasons, Halloween and Christmas we could see variations of the show. According to Jim Hill of Jim Hill Media, Walt Disney World Imagineering is working on ways to incorporate holiday tie ins for the Lightning McQueen Racing Academy. The holiday shows could be very similar to what occurs in Cars Land out in Disneyland, where the cars wear their best holiday gear.

Location of the Speed McQueen Racing Academy
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Where’s It Located?

Tucked away between two of our favorite attractions at Hollywood Studios, you’ll find the McQueen Racing Academy. At the end of Sunset Boulevard, just before the Tower of Terror, turn left into the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster courtyard. In the back right corner you’ll see the entrance to the Lightning McQueen Racing Academy.

Before entering the attraction you can part take in meet and greets with Cruz Ramirez. DJ Dino will be spinning hot tracks for the Cars dance party so make sure to wear your best treads!

Passholder Insights: More than likely you’ll not need a Fastpass for this attraction. The show runs every 15 minutes and holds about 400 people.

Speed McQueen Animatronic
Lightning McQueen

Our Thoughts

The Lightning McQueen Racing Academy is a wonderful addition to Hollywood Studios. We both enjoyed our experience and were thoroughly amazed at the technology used in the Lightning McQueen animatronic. The animatronic definitely gives you a glimpse into what to expect in the new attractions coming to Star Wars Galaxy Edge. As we discussed in our previous article the attraction was created in preparation for the opening of Star Wars Galaxy Edge on August 29, 2019. to help handle some of the projected crowd volume.

With the attraction showing continually you’re able to fit it in when it works best. On our trip we enjoyed the show in between our Tower of Terror Fastpass and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Fastpass, it was a great way to pass the time. We went mid-day and the wait time was minimal.

Is the McQueen Racing Academy a must see? In our opinion, it’s definitely worth checking out if you enjoy the Cars characters, or are looking for a fun way to beat the heat. The kids in our showing were definitely having a great time! Alright the 4th tire has been mounted, time to get back into race!

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