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‘Festival of the Lion King’ Celebrates 1 Million Guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Since Reopening

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Earlier this week, the cast of the popular stage show “The Festival of The Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom marked a major milestone – 1 million guests have attended the show since it reopened in the new Harambe Theatre this past June.


The LePage Family from Colorado Springs, CO, were the lucky 1 millionth family, and were recognized with front-row seats and a special meet-and-greet opportunity with the show’s cast after the performance concluded.

In case you aren’t familiar with the show, “The Festival of The Lion King” is a fun retelling of the story of Simba the lion cub that is told through song, dance, acrobatics, aerial performances and more. It debuted at the park in Camp Minnie-Mickey in 1998. The show relocated to the new Harambe Theatre in the Africa section of the park earlier this year.

What do you enjoy most about this show? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!


  • If it were possible to add a picture here it would be of my autistic son, though tall and 12, has been asked many times by sensitive and wonderful performers to come join the procession. Sometimes he’s twice the height of the children around him, and he offers little emotion, but he loves this show. It is his favorite and as annual pass holders we have to go there first before considering any other attraction in the park. Thank you to the amazing cast who continually provides a stellar performance. Because of my son, I’ve easily seen some 100 of those performances–not one of them every disappointed. You’re awesome!

  • Tumble Monkeys RULE!

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