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Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:49 pm

^ Only the two walk-in entrances at this time. Three, if you count the (eventual) Star Wars Hotel being built, with (shuttle?) access to a separate Galaxy's Edge entrance. Disneyland has three walk-in entry points to GE.

But - wasn't Disney quoted as 'saying' they wanted the gp to enter the Grand Avenue entry and EXIT via the Toy Story Land opening? Or is this reservation system for entry times their replacement idea? Or was that a total rumor? Just asking. :smile:

Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:17 am

Every once in a while Disney will do something totally unexpected and somewhat unannounced that really takes you by surprise! Such is the case with "Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy" which just opened at Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios. The attraction is located next to Rock N Roller Coaster in a building that used to be more of a "multi-purpose" venue, but now houses this permanent attraction.

Outside the building you can find other cars from the Pixar films to take photos with and there is some entertainment for kids while you wait for the next show. It's very cute and well done!

The show itself is a fairly quick 12 minutes or so and when you walk into the theater, it kind of seems like one half of a "CircleVision" theater which is kind of exactly what it is. The main star of the show, however, is a very impressive animatronic of Lightning McQueen that is more on the ground level of the theater in front of the audience.

The show demonstrates that it takes "teamwork to win" as Lightning McQueen faces one of his competitors via a racing simulation that he has put together to help newbies become better race car drivers in his academy. The whole thing is well done and will be a nice distraction from the very busy Star Wars Land crowds that will soon invade the park later this summer.

Take a look at the video below to really see how impressive this new animatronic is! And then of course.... go see the show! :br

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Good morning from Disney's Hollywood Studios!
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We're here to check out a new attraction which some of you may not know about!
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Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy has just opened and it can be found right next to Rock N Roller Coaster!
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You can meet some of the cars from the Pixar films!
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DJ is here to play you music and pose for photos!
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And yes, PhotoPass people are out here to take your pics so you don't even have to worry about it yourself!
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Loved all the entertainment they had for kids. Here they are playing "car wash" as one of the activities.
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As for the attraction itself, this used to be more of a "multi-purpose" venue but how it houses this permanent attraction!
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The star of the show is this amazing Lightning McQueen animatronic!
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Lightning has to race one of his competitors on his "racing simulator" that he developed for his academy.
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Spoiler alert... guess who wins! Be sure to check out this new show next time you are at Disney's Hollywood Studios!

Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:24 am

This looks like a neat little diversion. The parks can always use more attractions like this that are not E-ticket, but serve a purpose and are absolutely worth doing! Sure won't hurt come Galaxy's Edge.

Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:29 pm

I’m blown away by the lightning mcqueen animatronic! I like the show a lot and I can’t wait to check it out for myself when I visit!

When was the last time an animatronic show opened at Disney? I recall that Stitch’s Great Escape (attraction or show, up to you) was the last one that opened unless I’m forgetting one?

Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:29 pm

Taylor Finn wrote:This looks like a neat little diversion. The parks can always use more attractions like this that are not E-ticket, but serve a purpose and are absolutely worth doing! Sure won't hurt come Galaxy's Edge.


Totally agree - not every attraction should be an E-ticket.

This looks really cool, especially for the hordes of tiny Cars fans out there.

And heck... it's air conditioned. If it had seats for the audience, I'd be all in!

Love that it's right beside the two big draws on that end of the park - will provide some nice balance to RnRC and ToT.

Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:54 am

Putting it next to Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror was a wise move. Parties can easily split up and give those who don't care for intense rides something to do while others ride the coaster or ToT.

Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:57 pm

Wait a second, an air-conditioned indoor show that's not an add-on to a billion-dollar land? We're talking about the same Disney, right? I love that they did this! I think that they should make one in California within Cars Land, from the videos I saw. (Maybe even place it in the Radiator Springs town hall next to the Racers entrance?) That would definitely help with some of the lack of indoor "rest stops" at DCA.

Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:23 am

That animatronic though.
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Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:56 am

^ #retiredgifs

better_by_design wrote:
This looks really cool, especially for the hordes of tiny Cars fans out there.

And heck... it's air conditioned. If it had seats for the audience, I'd be all in!



You're in Luck. There are Bench Seats!

I love this addition as well. This is exactly the kind of thing that had been going extinct at DHS and Epcot for the last decade+, IE random extras that you don't have to do on every visit but remain fun and delightful.

Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:57 pm

^Yeah, I was just going to post you totally sit down!

Air Conditioned and sitting down! Very nice in Orlando most of the year.
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