Opened: May 5, 2005.
At the end of the Streets of America.
Extra Magic Hours: No.
Show Length: 40 minutes.
Show Schedule: Usually two shows daily with the first usually at 1pm or 1:20pm and the second usually at 4pm or 4:10pm.
Type: Stadium show.
Similar To: Unique in its size and scope, but similar to other live-action shows like Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular.
Scary Factor: Low.
Although there are some exciting stunts, the crowd is never in any “danger,” real or perceived.
When To Go: Lights, Motors, Action is usually scheduled two times over the course of the day, usually around 1:20pm and again at 4:10pm. If the Studios is busy, a third show scheduled around 11am may be added. The 4pm show is generally less crowded than the 1:20pm show, though there are usually seats available through the beginning of either show. Should a show be scheduled at 11am, it’s less crowded overall than the later shows, though most people won’t want to prioritize seeing Lights Motors over a priority attraction. Although the theater is covered, it gets extremely hot from May – October because the ceiling is high and there’s no air-conditioning. See the 11am show in the summer if it’s offered because it will be cooler. The afternoon shows can be brutal.
What to Expect: Lights, Motors, Action is a stunt show spectacular featuring more than 50 crew members and 40 vehicles. You’ll see furious car chases and jet ski escapes, among other stunts that include fireballs, high-speed jumps, and 5-story falls. All the while, the director teaches the audience about how the stunts are safely executed. The show’s stunts are intentionally shot out of order to show the audience how movies are really filmed and then edited together in the correct order and shown on a giant screen at the end of the show. While the beginning and end are exciting, the middle tends to drag on in most people’s opinion.
Where to Sit: At least a third of the way up in the center section, but even seats in the top corners provide a very good view of the large stage down below.
Seats closer to the stage don’t offer as good of a view because it’s more difficult to see everything that’s going on without a lot of head turning.
FastPass+: Yes, lowest priority. The return time is 10 to 30 minutes before showtime, or 12:50pm to 1:10pm for a 1:20pm show.
There is no reserved section for FastPass+ users and your seats will be nearly identical if you choose to see the show in standby.
What You Miss Using FastPass+: Just using FastPass+ where it will actually save you some time or hassle.
Total Average Experience Time with FastPass+: 70 to 80 minutes assuming you arrive 20 minutes early. It’s a hike to and from the theater and the show is on the lengthy side at just under 40 minutes.
4th FastPass+ Availability:
When to Arrive: 20 minutes before showtime, which gives you enough time to walk to the theater and find your seats.
Exit: As you’re looking at the stage, the quickest route out is down to the right. Sit in the far right seating section near the bottom to exit quickest. Unfortunately, these are also some of the worst seats in the house. For a nice compromise between good seats and a quick exit, I’d sit about a third of the way up the theater in the far right section. Only instead of sitting as far to the right as possible, sit as close to the center as possible. As the show concludes, walk down the bleachers as quickly and as safely as possible and exit to the right. You’ll be out nearly as fast.
Commentary: While it sounds promising, Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show is a bit of a letdown. While the stunts are exciting, there is far too much talking and the middle of the show gets particularly bogged down with chatter. The uncomfortable metal stadium-style seating doesn’t help and it tends to get extremely hot during the spring and summer months because of the limited shade. If the show is crowded, you’ll also have to climb a lot of stairs to get to the top of the stadium. Nonetheless, I would recommend it if it isn’t too hot and you have the time. If it was a choice between this or Indiana Jones, I would go with whichever sounds more appealing. Although Lights, Motors, Action is superior in its size and scope, it isn’t necessarily any more entertaining than Indiana Jones.