Sunset Over the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom

‘Festival of the Lion King’ Returns To Disney’s Animal Kingdom June 1

posted on May 29th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Festival of the Lion King,” the popular musical stage show that originated at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 1998, will debut at the brand-new Harambe Theatre in the Africa section of the park on June 1.

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In case you aren’t familiar, the show tells the tale of Disney’s “The Lion King” through acrobatics, dance, music and puppetry. The show is a daily park offering and is performed multiple times a day (check your My Disney Experience App or the park’s Times Guide for showtimes. Entertainment is subject to change).

Are you a longtime fan of “Festival of the Lion King”? What do you love most about this show? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Diana on May 29th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Will it offer FastPass+?

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Kyle on May 29th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Features floats from The Lion King Celebration that ran at Disneyland from July 1,1994-June 27,1997 !

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Erik from WV on May 29th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

When will we be able to get Fastpass+ for this? I tried to get one for July 18 but they are not showing as available yet. Thanks!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 29th, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Let me look into it, Eric.

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Matthew on May 29th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

I’ll be there June 8, can’t wait!

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Carrie on May 29th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Tumble monkeys! I am so happy it will be open for our trip at the end of June!!!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 29th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

:)

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Brad on May 29th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Showtimes not showing up either

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 30th, 2014 at 9:12 am

Keep checking back!

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Mark from PA on May 29th, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Oh my gosh, what’s not to love about this show? Saw this in ’98 when it first opened and every time I visit. It’s just a great show and I’ll be there in Sept. to see it again. Have noticed a few changes, but nothing major and yes, love the “Tumble Monkeys”, of course!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 30th, 2014 at 9:13 am

Tumble Monkeys rock!

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Kelly from NC on May 29th, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Yes I was looking to set up my fast pass as well. I would love to know when it will be loaded onto fast pass

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Dennis from VA on May 29th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Great news! We’ll be in the World in a couple of weeks and this is one of our must do attractions each year, can’t wait to see the new theater!!!!!!!!!

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Michael on May 29th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

It’s my favorite stage show at WDW. I’ve been there 5 times since 1998 when it started. See it every time.

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Kristina on May 29th, 2014 at 9:43 pm

I just tried to adjust my FP+ for my AK days in June and FOTK is not showing up as an option.

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 30th, 2014 at 9:12 am

It should be available very soon. Please keep checking.

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Lisa on May 29th, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Yay! I can see it when I go this month! It’s our favorite show. However, MDE still shows it “closed for refurbishment.” When will the FPs open up?

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 30th, 2014 at 9:13 am

Please keep checking back!

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Karen on May 29th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Hooray! Hoping there’s lots of Lion King merchandise to be had – our favorite all-time Disney movie! Can’t wait to see the new theater!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 30th, 2014 at 9:13 am

I’m happy you’re excited, Karen!

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Jaime on May 30th, 2014 at 9:02 am

So excited that this will be back in time for my birthday next week!! I’ve gone to see it EVERY YEAR on my birthday for the past several years. Hakuna Matata now for what to do for my birthday!!

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Ashley from MO on May 30th, 2014 at 9:22 am

I was lucky enough to be a cast member in 2006 in Animal Kingdom. This show is so very close to my heart. The level of talent is unmatched, the music makes you feel so many emotions, and it’s such a celebration within itself. In my last week there, I saw the show and knew I would always remember how it made me feel to be a part of it in some small way. I’m so thankful that this is not going away from Animal Kingdom, but will be welcomed back with a positive force.

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Tim on May 30th, 2014 at 10:29 am

Yay I’ll be at AK June 5th!

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Matthew on May 30th, 2014 at 11:13 am

Still with Disneyland parade floats from 1994!

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Robyn from MN on May 30th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Just watched the dress rehersal. Looks amazing!

19

Teresa on May 30th, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Just got my Fast Pass +. They are available now.

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 30th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

That’s great!

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Penelope from VT on May 31st, 2014 at 1:25 pm

I can hardly wait!! This is my very favorite show and I hope it is the same or better. I videoed my last visit there to compare with the new show. I really am looking forward to how they have themed the theatre! Alas though, must wait until next year
for another trip.

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Juliane on June 1st, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Love, Love, LOVE this show!!!! Probably my favorite show of all of Disney! It has it all! Excitement and entertainment! :)

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on June 2nd, 2014 at 9:52 am

I’m happy that you’re excited, Juliane!

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Lucinda on June 1st, 2014 at 5:56 pm

I got the FP for the 1:00 pm show today (6/1/14). Great area now with room to move around. Only concern was restrooms were tiny & no air flowing through FP line. It does get hot in Florida. The performers were amazing & some new dance moves were incorporated. Overall, a great show! One of those shows that one has to see over and over again.

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Dustin on June 2nd, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Jennifer, is it the same show different venue? Or has changes been made to the show too?

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jeff on June 4th, 2014 at 9:58 am

Is this new venue completely enclosed? And is there air conditioning as well? Thanks

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Richard on June 4th, 2014 at 10:13 am

I see others mentioning they were able to get a fastpass for this show, but I’m still having trouble. Am I the only one still unable to book this through FP+? It’s not available to me as a selection on the My Disney Experience website. I also tried the mobile app. I can see it listed there, but it’s marked as “Closed” and cannot be selected.

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