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‘Festival of The Lion King’ To Return To Disney’s Animal Kingdom in June

posted on May 2nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you a fan of Disney’s “The Lion King”? If so, we have some great news to share with you today. “Festival of the Lion King,” the musical show that tells the tale of Simba through song, dance and aerial acrobatics, will return in a new location in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom this June.

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Here’s a first look at what the new theater, which will be located in the left side of the Africa section, will look like.

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Kevin "Kev" on May 2nd, 2014 at 9:54 am

Any idea what day in June? (crosses fingers it’s by June 15)

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 2nd, 2014 at 1:03 pm

No specific date has been determined. Please keep checking back!

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Kyle from CT on May 2nd, 2014 at 10:04 am

Was that cast picture taken in the theater, or are we just missing the reveal picture in this post?

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 2nd, 2014 at 1:03 pm

This is the rendering of the newly built theater.

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Melinda on May 2nd, 2014 at 10:24 am

Will be there June 9-fingers crossed!

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Michael on May 2nd, 2014 at 10:29 am

Kev & Melinda, Since they are selling tickets to special Saturday night performances with celebrity readers starting June 7th I would have to be open by then!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 2nd, 2014 at 1:04 pm

This is the daily “Festival of the Lion King” show. Harambe Nights is a new hard-ticket offering with specific dates attached to it.

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charlie on May 2nd, 2014 at 10:46 am

Is the actual Festival of the Lion King show returning or is this about Harambe Nights which is not the same?

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 2nd, 2014 at 1:05 pm

They are two different things. “Festival of the Lion King” is a show that will be performed multiple times each day. It had previously been performed in the Camp Minnie-Mickey section of the park. Harambe Nights is a new offering that requires a separate ticket and is only taking place on select nights.

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Teddi on May 2nd, 2014 at 11:37 am

Why are they only posting Harambe Nights, we are concerned about the reopening of the Festival of the Lion King show.

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 2nd, 2014 at 1:05 pm

This blog post is only about the return of “Festival of the Lion King.” Harambe Nights is a new offering that we unveiled today.

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Tsz from ON on May 2nd, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Will the new location has costume made stage like Hong Kong Disneyland and new floats? or just re-using the same old floats from Disneyland?

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 2nd, 2014 at 1:50 pm

“Festival of the Lion King” is actually a stage show that was previously performed in the Camp Minnie-Mickey section of the park.

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Robert on May 2nd, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Great news! I can’t wait to see the new show!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 2nd, 2014 at 1:49 pm

:)

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Maggie from OH on May 2nd, 2014 at 2:43 pm

I don’t really get where it has moved to. A whole new indoor theater has been built? Have the maps been updated to show the new location yet?

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 2nd, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Yes, a new theater has been built on the left side, just over the bridge into Africa.

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Patricia on May 2nd, 2014 at 2:56 pm

YEAH!! Looking forward to seeing the show in a new location and a permanent theater instead of the temporary one it was in for how long?

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Rita on May 2nd, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Planning a February 2015 WDW trip and am so excited. Haven’t been since 1974 when I was a child. This will be my child’s first trip & he LOVES The Lion King. Will the show be a year round thing one it starts up again?

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 2nd, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Yes, it will be performed multiple times each day (all entertainment is subject to change, of course).

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Kim on May 2nd, 2014 at 4:51 pm

I had a feeling this was what was behind all those walls we saw on our way to Tusker House last month. A fitting home for our favorite show at the parks!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 5th, 2014 at 9:16 am

:)

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Ryan on May 2nd, 2014 at 6:07 pm

I cannot wait to see the show again! Quick question though…. Will the show be the exact same as previously from Camp Minnie Mickey? Will the theatre inside still be the Theatre-in-around?

Thanks for the update!

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Linda from Bucks on May 2nd, 2014 at 6:28 pm

It would be great to get a rough idea of the opening date. It would make planning so much easier!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 5th, 2014 at 9:17 am

All we know is June so far. Please stay tuned!

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Rachel on May 2nd, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Is the show still running in Camp Mickey until the new location opens?

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on May 5th, 2014 at 9:17 am

No, it is currently down. It will return in June in the new location.

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Ryan on May 2nd, 2014 at 7:06 pm

@Rachel– Camp Minnie Mickey closed in January. So The show closed as well. Been on a 6 month Hiatus.

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Matthew on May 3rd, 2014 at 2:23 pm

But Jennifer, the question from Tsz was will there be new stage pieces similar to the show’s Hong King version or will Walt Disney World still be using the recycled floats from Disneyland’s Lion King Celebration parade? Was all of the investment just in the venue (for new hard ticket events) or can we expect something new with the Festival of The Lion King show itself? Thanks!

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Michael on May 4th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I want to know what that separate building is off way to the left. Store? Restaurant?

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Cheri on May 5th, 2014 at 11:19 am

Hope it Opens June 1st. We live by Disneyland in CA and taking the Grandkids to WDW end of May. This would be a great show to end our Vacation. At least we’re there to ride Snow White’s Mine Train!!! Keeping our fingers crossed!

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Arvind from MI on May 11th, 2014 at 9:07 pm

This is my favorite show. We used to watch it every week before it closed. REALLY miss the old theater. Hope the show is still the same. Awesome performers are really missed.

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Susan on May 26th, 2014 at 11:47 am

Do we know the date yet?

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Kelly from NC on May 29th, 2014 at 1:22 pm

I read somewhere the date is June 17th. Is this accurate????

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sara from IL on May 29th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Oh!! June 17th would be perfect!! We arrive the 18th!

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Jennifer on August 3rd, 2014 at 1:04 pm

How long is this show?

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