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Enjoying the drive...and the explosions

As I usually do on a given day, I browse the Disney Internet community for interesting and informative posts about a variety of topics, with a special eye out for anything Hollywood Studios related.  I like to think I keep my finger on the pulse of how people generally feel about Hollywood Studios and usually make a quick comment on the post or simply say something clever to myself as I move onto the next post.  I don't think what I do is anything unique and the other day I was reading a post on The Daily Disney from one of their authors who wrote about a recent trip to check out Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show and was pleasantly surprised to find a positive review.

I shouldn't have been surprised to find the review to be mostly positive, yet I find many online criticizing Lights, Motors, Action for not being a great attraction.  Everyone's entitled to their opinions, but I really do like Lights, Motors, Action because it's something a little different than the norm out there.  Lights, Motors, Action stands out because of the complex nature of the stunts being performed.  Stunts with just people and props are one thing, but when you combine it with vehicles moving anywhere from zero to 50 miles per hour, you're adding a completely different element to the risk and consequently excitement.  For this reason, Lights, Motors, Action stand apart as a fun show to be seen.

The most common reason that I hear as to why people aren't a fan of the attraction is they saw it once or twice and don't feel a need to see it again.  In Disney World as a whole, we've come to expect every attraction to be amazing and something you want to experience a thousand times before it gets old.  It's not a bad concept, but like a good baseball team, you can't have All Stars at every position and yet, you can still win championships.  Lights, Motors, Action is a perfect example of an attraction serves as a "role attraction". It isn't a super-headliner attraction like Tower of Terror and it wasn't meant to be.  That isn't to take anything away from it, but it's the sort of attraction you check out once or twice a year because not every attraction is going to be a Space Mountain or Expedition Everest.  You have to have these minor attractions in order to be a part of something greater that makes the park something special.

What I love about Lights, Motors, Action is the high speed at which the events of the show take place.  When the stunts are going, I really get into the chases and the explosions.  Clearly the drivers in the show are not only brave for putting themselves in these situations but they're talented at their craft and they make narrow misses and close corners look really dangerous when in fact, it's all very choreographed and planned.  At least twice a day, these Cast Members go on stage to entertain us despite the inherit risks.

For kids, after Lights Motors Action! Extreme Stunt Show, you can meet some of the drivers by the left handside of the show area. The drivers come out after about 10 minutes after the show ends, near the Surf Shop area of the set.  It's not something that is overtly advertised, but it's a fun opportunity that many may not know about.

While I don't think Lights, Motors, Action is the perfect attraction, I do think it offers something a little different to those visiting Hollywood Studios and it's a show and maybe it's time you change the way you think about this overlooked attraction and give it another chance, even if you're not visiting it every single trip.

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Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by