Starting today, November 23, you can get in the seasonal spirit with “Disney Parks Presents a 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Party,” which features a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of the new Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy show coming soon to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Debuting at Sunset Showcase in spring 2019, the new high-octane show inspired by Disney-Pixar’s “Cars” invites guests to play the role of a rookie racer. The show will feature Lightning McQueen live on stage, and audience members are immersed in the action with a nearly 2-story tall wraparound screen that stretches more than 200 feet from end to end. During the show, Lightning McQueen shares the racing lessons he’s learned over the years, but “things don’t always go according to plan, and he has to think fast to get back on course,” says Disney.
McQueen’s pals Tow Mater and Cruz Ramirez appear alongside other friends from Radiator Springs. After the show, guests can snap a photo with Cruz Ramirez outside the Academy.
During the half-hour holiday special, Sadie Stanley (Disney Channel Original Movie “Kim Possible”) and Sean Giambrone (Disney Channel Original Movie “Kim Possible,” ABC’s “The Goldbergs”) take viewers behind the scenes of the “Cars”-inspired show coming to Walt Disney World, which features brand-new animation. Tune in to hear the creative team at Pixar Animation Studios share a bit about Lightning McQueen’s latest adventure.
In addition to the behind-the-scenes look at Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, “Disney Parks Presents a 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Party” also features special appearances and musical performances from Disney Channel stars like Ruby Rose Turner, Dakota Lotus (“Coop & Cami Ask the World”), Kylee Russell, and Meg Donnelly (Disney Channel Original Movie “ZOMBIES”). Gwen Stefani, Brett Eldridge, and Asher Angel also perform classic holiday songs.
You can watch the holiday special now on the DisneyNOW app, and it also airs on Disney Channel on December 1 at 8:00 PM EST.