NEW Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy at Disney World – REVIEW

Alright CARS Fans, a NEW attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has OPENED!  READ for my honest REVIEW.

So…while at Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, exploring the land with all my fellow “toys”, we decided to try out the NEW experience – Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy.  To quote Disney “Get pumped for a high-octane, first-of-its-kind show that’ll put you right in the middle of the Disney-Pixar Cars Universe”.  Sounds AMAZING, right?!?!?!

Location:

So this NEW show is located near Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, its around the corner.  You go past The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, thru or past Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and towards the back where you will see a CARS area.  Complete with Cruz Ramirez and DJ (who is from Disneyland), Photo Op.

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Look its DJ, straight from Disneyland – complete with this rock’in tunes.

The Show:

Spoiler Alert – I will talk about this show, honestly, and show video.  STOP if you want to be surprised!  You enter into a Theater Space, with curved stadium seating…so all seats are decent viewing seats.  There is a GIANT screen in front and all around you.  This serves as the backdrop for the show, its also a place for “other” characters to appear AND it serves as the “Race Track Simulator” that Lightning uses (like in the Movie).  Tow Mater appears first (on screen) and welcomes you and introduces his best bud – Lightning McQueen.  Lightning shows up as an actual Car, LIVE, at the front of the theater.  He talks, moves and races while up there, using the same Animatronic technology as in Frozen Ever After in Epcot.  He is basically a base of a car with animated features that help him interact and chat with the audience…which is pretty cool.  And watching him move and talk is pretty FUN to see and entertaining to figure out, how its all done (or is that just me?).

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Lightning McQueen!

Honest Opinion:

I found the show to be cute, a nice place to cool-off and will give your Cars fans a little show.  The show is simple and short.  My kids might find it cool, the first visit…after that I am not sure they would bother returning.  I feel kinda let down with this show.  What it is, is cute…but what it could have been…could have been amazing.  When I first heard they were doing a Racing Academy…I was imagining the old Lights, Motor, Action Show…like a stunt show but with CARS characters.  Like the Indiana Jones show, but with Cars.  To find out it was another tech show in a theater kinda made me sad.  So many little and big fans that would love a real Cars/Pixar attraction.

This just didn’t hit the mark for me, as a Theme Park goer.  Should you see the show, YES…why not.  Will this show amaze you and be something you go back to over and over again…perhaps not, not unless you have toddler.  Sorry Disney, this one didn’t cut it for me.  Cute but not amazing enough.  I know you are busy with Star Wars, but this could have been more, could have been something crowds line up for…its just not.  PS – we walked right in, no line, no wait, plenty of seats.

Hopefully this helped some of you, GO and SEE it for yourself, just don’t pump it up to the littles in case it falls short for them too.  If my kids loved it, I would “love” it and we would go over and over again…I just don’t see that happening like it does for Winnie the Pooh or Its A Small World, those rides we do over and over again.  Or the Frozen Sign-a-long…can’t tell you how many times I have seen that, lol.

Mahalo for Reading and FOLLOWING Along – Nina

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Disney’s NEW Toy Story Land REVIEW

Love Toy Story?  Wanna FEEL like a toy and meet Woody and the Gang?  How about a NEW Coaster?  Take a Look…

Hi again, today I thought we would switch gears for a few and talk Walt Disney World.  But don’t worry – plenty of Cruise info to come!  As many of you probably know, Disney opened up a NEW land last summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Toy Story Land!  It’s a stink’in cute area, jam packed with toys, colors, characters and 2 NEW rides.

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What a FUN way to welcome you!!

Look and Feel:

I recently revisited this area and I just love all the action and best part, you are not a kid in TSL (Toy Story Land) – you are a TOY!!  Everything is scaled to make you feel like a toy, like you too have “Andy” on the bottom of your shoe.  Giant Pixar Ball, Giant Box of Crayons, Building Blocks, Army Men, Links, Cooties, Dice, Jenga, Wooden Letters, and lots more.

The more you look, the more you see.  Even look at the road (ground) you are walking on…see anything?  The whole area is decorated like Andy’s fort of toys, spilling out to play with, trip on and enjoy…like a child would.  Christmas Lights are strung around the land, which is an excellent touch, as you can image the toys coming alive at night and using the lights to travel across the land.

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Toys at play…

NEW Rides and Dining Location:

Toy Story Land has 3 rides; 2 of which are NEW and 1 Dining Location.  The 2 new rides are very well themed.  Slinky Dog Dash is a coaster (see the videos) and Aliens Swirling Saucers is just like Disneyland’s Mater’s Junk Yard Jamboree (which my kids LOVE).  Its a rotating, swirling ride where your “Alien Ship” kinda dances around the track while it spins as you turn a corner.  The third is the ever so popular Toy Story Mania.  All 3 can be fastpassed (only 1 at a time), but Slinky Dog is clearly the crowd favorite at the moment (hello its a NEW coaster).

AND incase that wasn’t enough…you can meet all sorts of characters which you will find, both walking around and meeting guests (or other toys) in their meeting locations.  So Buzz, Jessie, Woody and NEW is Bo Peep.  I witnessed a group of kids interacting with Buzz pressing all his buttons and adjusting his “modes” – Spanish mode was my favorite πŸ˜‰  And don’t forget to look at the restroom – super cute.  It reminds me of the theming around Disneyland’s It’s A Bugs Land – the bathroom was so well fitting for the area, it blended right it.  At TSL, even the “girls” or “boys” signs fits in with the land.  Bravo Disney!  I love walking around TSL and looking and finding new things I didn’t see before.  AND I love being a TOY!

I am looking forward to returning to TSL this winter as my family tackles Galaxy’s Edge, I know we will need our Toy Story fix, especially as Toy Story 4 is about ready to premiere.  I saw a lengthy preview and I liked what I saw.  “Forky” is the NEW hit character, can’t wait.

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Ariel felt right at home, she LOVED it!

So…stay tuned for more on TSL and Walt Disney World in general as I have LOTS to share.  And if you are looking to book a trip to WDW and are looking for some expert help – I am a Travel Agent specializing in Disney and would love to book you a Magical Vacation, complete with my FREE services and ALL my expert tips/advice.

Mahalo for reading and following my BLOG – Nina