So thank goodness we came jogging up mere minutes before the 1:30pm show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! The next chance to watch it would have been three hours later; after that, who knows? Rumors have persisted that this behind-the-scenes-style stunt show will be replaced in the near future for a park expansion. Should that pan out, I’m glad we got at least one chance to watch the gravity-defying car chase scenes and – most thrilling of all to the kids – the man who survived skidding through a wall of flames. (You can’t help but marvel when the set director lists off all the protective gear that stunt man must wear!)
The idea behind the show is that you’re observing the filming of a spy thriller. The “director” walks you through the techniques of pulling off stunts, mostly chase scenes but also some pyrotechnics and a high fall thrown in for impact. Production crew members go about their business of setting up for each stunt and assist in explaining the safety measures taken and revealing the secrets behind each trick. Each stunt is filmed and played back on a giant screen visible anywhere in the 5,000-seat stadium.
In years past I purposely skipped this show, feeling my young children would be frightened by the high-decibel motors and explosions. This trip, knowing it might be our last chance to catch it, we watched from way atop the bleachers where everyone felt comfortable and was quite entertained. (It helped that speed-demon Lightning McQueen appeared for a couple laps around the set!)
[Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios closed April 2, 2016.]
Location: Catch Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show (while you still can) in the Streets of America section of Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park, Walt Disney World Resort.
Touring Tip: The shows take place at 1:20 & 4:30pm daily. They last about 38 minutes, but you are permitted to enter the stadium any time during the show.