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Celebrate Soulfully this Summer at Disneyland Resort, with ‘Tale of the Lion King’ Debuting May 28

Kelsey Lynch, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

by , Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

This past February, Disney Parks kicked off Celebrate Soulfully, offering rich experiences that honor Black heritage and culture. Today, we’re excited to share more ways to “celebrate soulfully” this summer!

Throughout the month of June, Disneyland Resort will invite you to continue to experience Celebrate Soulfully as we highlight Black Music Month with daily live entertainment, plus specialty offerings including food, art and more available throughout the resort.

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the excitement to come for Celebrate Soulfully this summer:

Rendering of “Tale of the Lion King” coming to the Fantasyland Theatre

“Tale of the Lion King” Debuts May 28 at Disneyland Park

Beginning May 28, 2022, Disneyland park will welcome “Tale of the Lion King” to its new home at the Fantasyland Theatre where this original, story-theatre adaptation of Disney’s “The Lion King” will be staged in an all-new presentation (as depicted in this artist rendering). At the heart of the production is a traveling troupe known as The Storytellers of the Pride Lands who weave the tale of how a cub becomes a king through dialogue, song, dance and percussion. From the scenic and costume designs to the new original musical arrangements and choreography, every aspect of “Tale of the Lion King” honors and is inspired by the cultural roots of this timeless story.

Also on May 28, Troubadour Tavern will return with new menu items inspired by the show.

Philly Phonics, an a cappella vocal group

Celebrate Soulfully at Disney California Adventure Park with Live Entertainment

Beginning June 1 and running through July 4, you’ll get to enjoy Celebrate Soulfully at Disney California Adventure park with daily live music celebrating Black music genres from Doo-Wop to Motown. Feel the nostalgia of Carthay Circle and enjoy Philly Phonics, an a cappella vocal group, performing snazzy, jazzy, tunes from the 1920s through today. Five & Dime will also stylishly sing and swing 1920s and ‘30s tunes with brass and sass!

In the evening, head to the Hollywood Backlot to enjoy the summer vibes of this special block party, featuring live musical acts seven nights a week. 

“The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” Exhibit

“The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” Exhibit and More Coming to the Downtown Disney District

We’re thrilled to share that “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure,” a touring exhibit that illustrates the legacy and dynamic history of jazz, will be heading to the Downtown Disney District from June 1 to July 4!

In the “Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure,” Joe Gardner – musician, mentor, and star of Disney and Pixar’s original animated film, “Soul” – takes guests on a musical tour across America, showcasing the rich history of jazz along the way. 

As a tribute to a musical art form that was originated by African Americans, the exhibit illustrates the many different cultures and creators who influenced this evolving genre. Walt Disney Imagineering partnered with cultural institutions and subject matter experts to bring this story to life.

We are delighted to bring “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” out here to the west coast! Complimentary to all resort guests, the exhibit will be located in the building adjacent to Star Wars Trading Post.

And while you’re in the Downtown Disney District this June, you’ll be able to keep the summer vibes going with live nightly music that is sure to stir your soul, with genres including jazz, R&B, funk, Motown and Doo-Wop. There will also be a DJ performing at the Downtown Disney LIVE! stage on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, playing a variety of upbeat genres.

There will be even more ways to feed every part of your soul as we continue to “celebrate soulfully” this summer at the Disneyland Resort – making it a great time to visit! We look forward to sharing additional details soon. As always, keep your eyes peeled to the Disney Parks Blog!

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  • I’m confused all the advertising I’m seeing for the new Tales of the Lion King, talks about welcoming it to it’s new home in Disneyland. So where was it’s old home? Is it a new show or has it just moved from another location?

  • I remember being a Disneyland cast member (ODV) when The Lion King Celebration debuted. I had so much fun, drumming along with my hands on the lids of my ice cream cart (or popcorn cart, or wherever I was scheduled that day if along the parade route). Guests would even drum along with me. I was even on the cover of the souvenir VHS tape, after attending a photo shoot one morning for promotional pictures! That VHS cover is still very special to me.

    Then I saw Festival of the Lion King at Walt Disney World (some of those set pieces looked familiar) and I adored it.

    The Lion King endures. And I’m very happy about that — it was a fantastic story, and an amazing movie, which has inspired many amazing live entertainment from Disney parks to Broadway! Part of me is surprised it has yet to inspire an attraction (Kilimanjaro safaris ALMOST counts), but the live entertainment based on the film has been SO good {look up the Lion King Broadway cast vs Aladdin’s Broadway cast — another amazing live performance — on YouTube if you haven’t seen it) that this works for me.

  • As a POC I’ll never understand why a movie about animals running around based on Hamlet is always the first thing Disney points to as being “Soulful”. Just because it takes place in Africa doesn’t make it “Soulful”. There are zero people of color in the Lion King because there are zero people in the Lion King.

  • How long does the show run through Nov’22 I hope

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