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Lights, Motors, Action!

Theme Park Stunt Show At Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World

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Lights, Motors, Action! A High-Speed, High-Octane Show in Disney Hollywood Studios

  • Feb 19, 2011
  • Attraction Type: Show
  • Ages: Older Children, Teens and Adults
  • Location: Disney Hollywood Studios, Streets of America, Outdoors
  • Nearby: Muppet Vision 3D and Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure
  • Theme: Movie making
  • Similarities: Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Motion Factor: None, seated in stands
  • Scary Factor: Several thrilling experiences (but not continuous)

I've never been big into cars. For me, they are simply transportation from here to there. But I do love movies and car chases and great stunts. At Walt Disney World, the place to be for this type of excitement is Hollywood Studios Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.

The story behind this intense collection of vehicle stunts is that you are watching a movie being produced and seeing the work producing a live action production. There is the  director explaining what's going to happen, a stunt manager and crew, plus production people including a camera follow-car to capture the action. In the end, it's spiced together for a reenactment you get to see on screen. At the end of my post, there is a You Tube video I found of part of the show.


This whole attraction fits well into DHS. Interestingly, this attraction was first presented at Disney Studio's Paris as Moteurs & Action! Stunt Show Spectacular, where the set scenes represent the village of Villefranche-sur-Mer in the south of France. The set in Orlando copies this.

One of the nice things about this show is that teenagers and the bigger kids not looking for a hug from Mickey Mouse or Winnie the Pooh, have an attraction they will really enjoy. What's not to like about fast cars, motorcycles jumping through fire, or people falling off a building (safely of course).


The show will last about a half hour, but set aside some waiting time, since you want to be a little early and seat yourself higher up rather than closer to the action. Then you have to wait for the stands to fill up. It's a wide area to view, so being a little further away will be to your advantage. In the center of the stage area is a large video screen that will help you capture the main parts of the action as it happens.

And there is plenty of action. As Disney describes it, you will see: "engines rev, tires squeal, breaks screech, motorcycles fly through rings of fire, cars hurdle over trucks and fireballs billow 40 feet in diameter." And a stunt person falls from a building and appears to be in flames. All of this is part of the filmmaking demonstration choreographed with split-second precision.

[Disney] Watch the high-speed spy thriller film shot "out of sequence" as the carefully orchestrated stunts play out, increasing in intensity from the first one, a precisely timed "ballet chase," to the frenetic finale: an all-vehicle chase that involves cars, trucks, motorcycles, pyrotechnics and sometimes even high-horsepower jet skis that rocket across a water canal. The shots are then edited chronologically to create the complete sequence and the extraordinary video is played back on a wall-sized screen.

Now this location is quite large, fitting 5,000 people into the seating areas so even on busier days there is a good chance you will get in without waiting for the next show. And although it is labeled as a "fast pass" attraction, I've never seen them used here.


Here are some key points about Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

  • About 35 stunt drivers and support staff, 20 custom-built cars, 10 motorcycles and two jet skis
  • Cars are custom race cars with 1300 cc, 150-horsepower motors at only 1,322 pounds, and half the weight of a normal car of that type
  • Custom gear box with four forward, and four reverse speeds

I really enjoy this show, and I try to return every few trips and not every visit. To give you an idea of all action, here is a 10 minute video of the show that I found on the ronmeri28 You Tube site.

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review by . February 24, 2010
posted in Only WDWorld
      Disney World's Hollywood Studios is home to an exciting and action packed show called: Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.      This show was originally created for Disney Studios Paris and came to Orlando in 2005. A special 177,000 sqft set and 5,000 seat theater was especially constructed to house this attraction.      The backstory of the attraction is a behind the scenes look at high speed auto chases and car stunts.   …
review by . February 25, 2010
Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Lights Motors Action! Takes you on a high speed thrill through the streets of Paris as movie car stunts are performed right in front of your eyes. The show is taken from Disney Paris and takes you through a run of a hollywood stunt shoot. They teach you as well as show you how the stunts are safely performed and it’s one thrill that you will never forget and will want to see over and over again! Although the show contains mostly car stunts there …
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Hi folks. My blog is A World View - Enjoying Walt Disney World. I actually think it was watching a True-Life Adventure called the Living Desert that started my enthusiastic love of Disney. I must have … more
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