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Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ Marks 20 Years

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

It’s a big weekend for Simba – it’s the 20th anniversary of Disney’s “The Lion King.

The film, which debuted in theaters in 1994, tells a coming-of-age tale of the young lion cub and his friends, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon.


There are many places you can enjoy Disney’s “The Lion King” at the Walt Disney World Resort, including watching film-inspired segments in “Fantasmic!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and at Mickey’s PhilharMagic at Magic Kingdom Park and “Festival of the Lion King,” the newly reopened stage show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There’s also the Lion King wing of resort rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.


Over at the Disneyland Resort, guests can spot Simba and friends in Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.


  • I’d love to stay in the Lion King suites someday.

    At Disneyland Resort, Simba, Timon, Pumbaa, and the hyenas are in It’s A Small World, and there is also a Lion King segment in World of Color at California Adventure

  • The Lion King is my all time favorite Disney movie. I stayed in a Lion King suite at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort earlier this year for my birthday and it was amazing. I was in Lion King Heaven 😀

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