Operating as one of the newest attractions in all of Walt Disney World is Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show found in the Hollywood Studios theme park. Aside from being one of the newest, it has also proven to be one of the most popular.
Its popularity is substantiated by the fact that it is shown in a near 5,000 seat stadium that was custom-built with the new show in mind. Disney borrowed the concept for the attraction from the Disneyland Resort in Paris, France which opened the Moteurs… Action! Stunt Show Spectacular three years earlier to rave reviews from guests. Its introduction to Disney World was part of a larger Happiest Celebration on Earth campaign which celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the very first Disney park, Disneyland in California.
The show offers guests an exciting view into the world of movie stunts and effects by transporting them to a small Mediterranean village in the south of France – at least that is what the stage area is made to look like. It runs for approximately 35 minutes and offers stunts involving cars, jet skis, motorcycles and others which are said to total over 40 different motorized vehicles.
We are introduced to a “hero” character which plays the role typically seen in movies where he must evade the bad guys. To do this, he uses the previous vehicles mentioned and gets chased around the “village” doing high speed doughnuts, jumps, reverse runs, etc. Throughout the show, guests are informed on how these stunts will be shown in a typical film and are even given clips of how a final scene might look after the stunts are performed live on the stage.
Look for some light-hearted moments as well including an appearance by the beloved Herbie the Love Bug and even a “remote control” stunt vehicle that a lucky kid gets to control. Like most of the attractions at Disney World, this one is worth some of your time. Especially if you are into movies and how they are created.
Of interest, the construction of this attraction required the demolition of a large part of the Studio Backlot Tour including the Residential Street which had been used in films and movies previous to its demolition.
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