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Lights, Motors, Action! at Hollywood Studios
Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
We always enjoy spending Christmas in our beautiful villa in Orlando, but this year we had something new to look forward to when we visited the Disney parks.
The new ‘extreme’ stunt show, ‘Lights, Motors, Action!’ at Hollywood Studios, has had rave reviews, so we decided that this would be the first attraction that we would visit. The attraction is situated to the rear of the park on the left hand side, and it has been constructed next door to ‘The Backlot Tour.’ In fact, it used to be part of the Back Lot tour, and the old houses that were used in the filming of the Golden Girls were demolished to make room for it. These houses had seen better days, and this attraction has certainly been a great addition. If you sit right at the back at the top of the auditorium you can actually catch a glimpse of Catastrophe Canyon.
We walked through the park, passing the Osborne family lights, and could see the huge auditorium ahead of us. We were quite early so were near the front of the queue, and as we stood waiting we were told at 5 minute intervals how long we had to go before we were allowed in. You might find this a useful attraction to get an Express Pass for. Those who made use of this facility were allowed to enter the auditorium early and take their seats. However, it was pleasant in the December sunshine, but might be quite hot during the summer months as there is no shade.
At last the announcement came that we were on the move, and we all moved forwards and into the auditorium area. As we walked into the main arena we could see row upon row of seats rising up, and we decided to sit near the top to get a good view. You do need to be careful about where you sit as there are large columns holding up the roof, so it is best to avoid sitting behind one of those. As always, the central area has the best views as most of the action takes place here.
The set represents a sleepy French village, with rows of typical French houses forming a backdrop, in front of which is the market square, and right at the front is an area of water, representing a canal. The houses are painted in traditional Mediterranean style, and in the water were jet skis, giving an indication of what was to come. We sat for a while before a large screen began to show some of the things we were about to watch. A young lady introduced herself, and then the show began with the director riding up and taking charge of the first stunt.
When all was ready, several small cars roared into the market square, and performed what can only be described as a dance. Wonderfully choreographed, they screeched round the square, disappearing round the backs of the houses and appearing from every direction, at top speed. At one point two cars performed a wheelie, on two wheels, and at one stage a car split in two, with the driver carrying on in just the front part. Market stalls were brought onto the set, and a huge lorry was parked with its back doors open, and a large inflatable was set up in front of it. The action began again, with cars chasing each other, and then suddenly one of them disappeared into the back of the lorry and launched itself into the air, landing squarely in the middle of the air bag.
One of the cars proceeded to drive backwards at speed - we were all astonished at his precision, but the secret was finally revealed when the driver actually got out of the back of the car. The steering wheel was at the back, and in fact the driver had been driving forwards, not backwards, it was only an illusion as the ‘driver’ at the front of the car was not real. The action then moved to the water, where two riders on jet skis zoomed about at high speed along the canal at the front of the set.
At one point, one of the motorbike riders fell off his bike and was engulfed in fire. Thankfully the flames were doused quickly. The highlight of the show was during a final car chase, when the cars suddenly shot out of the top windows of one of the buildings, and drove into the air, landing again, on an air bag.
It was fast and furious, great fun and done with absolute precision. We thoroughly enjoyed this stunt show and it was well worth the wait. Our top tip would be to make straight for ‘Lights, Motors, Action!’ as it is very popular, and something you really don’t want to miss!
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