Before Mickey and the PhilharMagic Orchestra took up residence in the Fantasyland Concert Hall at Magic Kingdom Park, an entire Pride Land of characters inhabited the space in the form of Legend of the Lion King, which debuted at the park July 8, 1994.
Narrated by Rafiki, the show featured “Disney Humanimal” versions of the famous characters from the hit Walt Disney Pictures’ animated movie. Disney Humanimals are larger-than-life figures that look just like their animated film counterparts.
The Mufasa Disney Humanimal measured seven feet long – tip to tail – and six feet tall.
The stage for Legend of the Lion King was 125-feet wide, and was actually bigger than the seating area in order to permit the use of giant sets, including an 18-foot Pride Rock that rose from below the stage.