8 Things to Know About Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy at Walt Disney World

With all the hype over Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you might have overlooked one of the newer experiences in the park—Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy. You’ll find it housed inside a building on Sunset Boulevard just past the queue for the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith attraction. If you haven’t experienced it yet, you’ll want to stop in and catch the show at least once on your next visit. Here are 8 reasons why.


8. It’s fun for the whole family.

You don’t have to be a kid or a Cars fanatic to enjoy this attraction. It’s perfect for all ages—little ones, older kids, Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa. It’s just a fun experience to have as part of your day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

7. You won’t need a FastPass.

The Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy show is presented continuously throughout the day. Large groups of Guests can enjoy the show at once, meaning that anyone who wants to see the show can. For this reason, no FastPass+ is offered for this attraction, but don’t worry, you wouldn’t need one if it were to be offered.

6. You’ll see Lightning McQueen like never before.

Have you ever seen a life-sized version of Lightning McQueen? Have you seen a talking, moving, live version of Lightning McQueen? You will during this presentation! (We think he might just be the real Lightning McQueen!) See him for yourself!


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5. Audience participation is part of the show.

Do you like to be entertained while you’re waiting for a presentation to begin? You’re in luck at Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy! As Guests are coming in and being seated, trivia questions are presented on the wrap-around screen. Guests are invited to play along and shout out the answers. How well do you know your Cars trivia?

4. The experience is the first of its kind at Walt Disney World.

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is an attraction unlike any other in the parks. That’s because it’s the first of its kind. The show combines props and the latest technology to offer Guests a completely new type of Disney experience.

3. Your wait, if any, will be minimal.

The queue for Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is just outside the doors to the building that houses it. Any time spent waiting in the queue is minimal since the show is presented continually throughout the day, and as soon as one show is finished and Guests exit, Guests in the queue are ushered in for the next show.

2. Check times before you go.

It’s important to know that Lightning McQueen doesn’t like to practice racing in the simulator in the dark. That’s why his racing academy usually closes about an hour before the park closes. Times are subject to change, so be sure to check times of operation for the day you’ve chosen to visit.

1. Take advantage of photo ops.

After the show, just before you exit the building, you’ll see a giant “95” where you can pose for photos. Just outside the building, you’ll see a few of Lightning McQueen’s friends. You can pose with your friends and family in front of all of them. Don’t miss these unique photo ops on your way out from the attraction!

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!