Earlier today, Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle announced that ‘A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King’ will open in mid-May at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Although we don’t yet have a specific start date, the general timeframe of mid-May timeframe supports the idea that Disney plans to increase capacity at the theme parks for the summer season.
As when Disney announced that the show would be returning this summer, the show itself will see some modifications to assist with performer safety and will be reduced in length.
Walt Disney World announced today that Festival of the Lion King will be returning in the summer of 2021.
On the Disney Parks Blog Disney stated –
We are thrilled to be starting the process of bringing back to work more singers, dancers, technicians and other cast members, from one of the most popular shows at Walt Disney World Resort. Expected this summer, the Harambe Theatre at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park will host that fan-favorite troupe of musical storytellers, along with Simba and his friends, in a celebration of the incomparable “Festival of the Lion King.”
Festival of the Lion King will be presented in a modified format. There will be adjustments made tto the show on stage and backstage, including updates to choreography to allow for appropriate physical distancing. also Disney will also adjust how the audience is seated, in line with other theater-based experiences at Walt Disney World Resort.
Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is scheduled to reopen on June 1 2014 in its new home in Africa.
The show which will be located in the new ‘Harambe Theater,’ will be the same as the original that was shown in Camp Minnie Mickey, and will offer FastPass+. Also part of the new ‘Harambe Theater’ area will be a new merchandise kiosk called ‘Mariya’s’ – offering Lion King merchandise.
Showtimes are on the hour, with the first beginning at 10am.
Festival of the Lion King appears to be nearing a reopening in its new home in the Harambe Theater, according to sources.
Cast Member previews are scheduled to be taking place later this week. This is typically a good indicator that an opening to guests will occur in the near future.
Festival of the Lion King closed in its original Camp Minnie-Mickey home back in early January 2014, and will be reopening in a brand new theater in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Disney has not yet announce any reopening date other than “summer 2014”.
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.