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After More Than a Week, Popular Disney Attraction Finally Reopens!

When it comes to attractions at Walt Disney World Resort, they get so much daily usage that downtime is always required, so they can get the maintenance they need. Disney is usually very clear as to when rides and attractions will be closed for refurbishment and how long they will be closed for (unless the refurb is extensive). However, Disney recently confused Guests with an unexpected closure at its Hollywood Studios Park, as the closure was not announced and no reopening date was given.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

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On December 29, Guests entered the gates of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and headed toward the Lightning McQueen Racing Academy on Sunset Boulevard to learn how to race like Lightning. Sadly, the doors were locked, and the Cast Members were unable to tell Guests when the attraction would open. For more than one week, every single day, Guests were able to experience one of their favorite Cars attractions, and they did not know why.

Car at Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy

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Luckily, the closure is over, and The Lightning McQueen Racing Academy is back and ready for racing! Theme park reporter Scott Gustin reported the opening, which was as sudden as the closing.

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has apparently reopened and currently has a posted wait of 15 minutes. The show had been closed since Dec. 29. It appears the show reopened around 1 p.m. ET.

Haven’t had the chance to experience the Lightning McQueen Racing Academy, we suggest you motor on over! Here’s what you can expect:

Welcome Aspiring Racers

Learn what it takes to be a champion racer from the legendary Lightning McQueen at Sunset Showcase.

High-Tech Hijinks
To kick things off, Lightning demonstrates what he’s learned over the years by using his brand-new, state-of-the-art racing simulator and its wraparound screen. Of course, as this seasoned racer has discovered throughout his career, things don’t always go according to plan, and he has to think fast to get back on course.

With Tow Mater, Cruz Ramirez and the gang from Radiator Springs rooting him on, Lightning gears up for the challenge. Will he emerge victorious? Speed on over to find out.

Lightning McQueen Racing Academy

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Disney has not addressed the closure, but for now, everything appears to be back to normal at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and at the Lightning McQueen Racing Academy.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!