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Former Olympic Gymnast is Gold at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Show at Walt Disney World Resort

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Characters fly through the air – even bar-to-bar – during our Festival of the Lion King shows at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. And cast member Joey Hagerty is one of the performers who makes it look so easy. Joey is a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and today he’s sharing how teamwork and gymnastic skills play key roles in putting on a successful Disney Parks show.

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  • 10 years, twice a day, three hours each session. Holy cow! Talk about dedication. How great to continue doing what you love at Disney World!

  • Festival of the Lion King is one of our favorite things in all of WDW. We watched it three times on our last trip. I love those Tumble Monkeys!

  • The monkeys are my favorite part of the show! I love learning about the cast members behind the characters and the amazing talent they possess. Thank you for posting!

  • The combination of my two favorite things- Gymnastics and Disney! Always been a huge fan of Joey! Really hope I can make it to the Festival of the Lion King while Joey is preforming in it!

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