Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy Rumor Tracker

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    A new show called Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on March 31, 2019. The show will feature Mater and Cruz Ramirez and will take place in the Sunset Showcase Theater near Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

    Guests will come face to face with Lightning McQueen to learn from his year’s of experience on the track. In addition to the show, a Cruz Ramirez meet and greet location will be setup outside.

    RUMOR TIMELINE

    March 31, 2019: Lightining McQueen’s Racing Academy officially opens.

    March 29, 2019: Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy officially debuts March 31st. Cast member previews are currently underway and the Disney Parks Blog shared a teaser video of the upcoming 10 minute show.

    March 28, 2019: The Disney Parks Blog shared an image inside Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy.

    March 26, 2019: Cast Member previews have reportedly taken place.

    March 22, 2019: Park maps indicate that Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy will be a 10 minute show.

    March 21, 2019: The Disney Parks Blog announced that when LIghtning McQueen’s Racing Academy debuts on March 31st, there will also be a meet and greet for Cruz Ramirez from Cars 3 as well as a new street party show called “DJ’s Ready! Set! Party Time!”

    March 14, 2019: The Disney Parks Blog shared video of actor John Ratzenberger recording audio for the upcoming Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy. Ratzenberger voices Mack in the Cars movies and will reprise this role in the attraction.

    March 7, 2019: On the latest episode of Inside Disney Parks, the Disney Parks Blog shared details on Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy. The video shows the “Pre Visualization” virtual reality concept of the attraction which showcases the theater and stage layout. A large 200 foot long screen wraps around the stage and the audience and a physical vehicle is present on stage as Lightning McQueen.

    February 7, 2019: @ThrillGeek on Twitter posted a photo of Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater on route 535 approaching Walt Disney World.

    January 24, 2019: The Disney Parks Blog posted a teaser video of Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy. It does not appear any new footage was in the teaser video.

    January 17, 2019: The Disney Parks Blog announced that Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy will debut March 31, 2019.

    November 23, 2018: The Disney Parks Blog announced that additional details on Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy will be included in the “Disney Parks Presents a 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Party” show. The show is available now on the DisneyNOW app and will broadcast on December 1st at 8 PM on the Disney Channel.

    The show will feature Lightning McQueen on stage and a two story tall, 200 foot long wrap around screen that will surround McQueen and guests. McQueen will be joined by Tow Mater, Cruz Ramirez and other characters from the Cars universe as he shares details on his life as a racing legend.

    September 20, 2018: The Disney Parks Blog announced that the Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy will debut in Spring 2019 and guests will come face to face with Lightning McQueen to learn from his year’s of experience on the track. In addition to the show, a Cruz Ramirez meet and greet location will be setup outside.

    June 29, 2018: The Disney Parks Blog shared images promoting the new show and indicated the show will take place in the Sunset Showcase Theater near Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

    June 29, 2018: BlogMickey.com is reporting that internal timelines for the new show are for it to open in Winter 2018.

    June 29, 2018: At the “To Infinity and Beyond” panel during the Toy Story Land media previews, Disney announced a new show coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios called, “Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy”. The show is expected to debut in 2019.

    @ThemePark (Theme Park Insider) on Twitter was the first to report the news.

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