In honor of Disney/Pixar’s newest film “Cars 2” Walt Disney World wants you to switch gears and enjoy some of the theme park’s “car” inspired rides. Here’s a list of how you can get behind the driver’s seat:
"Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show" -- This fast-paced show takes Disney's Hollywood Studios guests behind the scenes of big-budget movies to spotlight the high-octane best of the movie industry's stunt masters -- including precision driving, edge-of-your-seat jumps, pyrotechnics, high-speed spins and plenty of surprises. The extravaganza sends cars, motorcycles and watercraft careening and jumping across an enormous, 177,000-square-foot outdoor stunt arena themed as a Mediterranean village movie set. Joining the cast later this summer is Lightning McQueen, the star of “Cars” and “Cars 2.”
Take the Wheel, For Real, at the Richard Petty Driving Experience The Richard Petty Driving Experience features a choice of daily ride-along and driving programs in cars with about 600 horses under the hood. Plenty of celebrities -- from NASCAR champions Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart to swimmer Michael Phelps to actors John Travolta and Leonardo di Caprio-- have joined in the fun at Walt Disney World Speedway.
Feel the Need for Speed (at 7.5 miles per hour) -- It may not be the fastest ride at Walt Disney World Resort, but Tomorrowland Speedway lets young hopefuls and seasoned veterans take turns around the Magic Kingdom's half-mile track at a whopping 7.5 miles per hour. Tomorrowland Speedway welcomes drivers and riders (adults and children) to replicas of landmarks made famous by Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the famed Yard of Bricks and Gasoline Alley.
Test Track -- Sponsored by General Motors, this high-speed thrill attraction in Epcot invites guests to buckle up and brace themselves for a series of automobile tests. It's the fastest ride at Walt Disney World Resort and is modeled after real-world, GM automobile proving grounds. The testing schedule includes an engine-roaring, three-story ascent, a wildly out-of-control skid and a high-intensity speed loop pushing 65 miles per hour around the massive testing facility.
Just Eat in the Car, Under the Stars -- Cars and film combine at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, a drive-in movie-inspired eatery inside the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park. Diners sit in vintage-style cars as fiber-optic stars twinkle overhead. The theater's movie screen shows outrageous sci-fi movie clips.
Speed Thrills on Car-Themed Coaster -- A wild, stretch limousine ride through the Hollywood Hills provides guests high-speed thrills aboard Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, an indoor roller coaster in Disney's Hollywood Studios. This one-of-a-kind coaster features a high-speed launch (0 to approximately 60 mph in 2.8 seconds), three inversions, rock-concert lighting and a customized Aerosmith soundtrack.