Festival of the Lion King

25-minute festival features live music, tribal celebration song, dance and storytelling, including most of the favorite characters from Disney's "The Lion King" animated film...

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Located within the Camp Minnie-Mickey area of the Animal Kingdom, The 25 minute Festival of "The Lion King" takes place in the Campside Circle part of Camp Minnie-Mickey and features live music, tribal celebration song, dance and storytelling, including most of the favorite characters from Disney's "The Lion King" animated film.
The stage based show is performed "in the round" with audience members seated on the outskirts of the action. The audience is divided into four sections named after various animals elephants, lions, warthogs and giraffes (nothing suprising there) and helps out with the singing and story.
The show consists of large puppets (weighing 40+ lbs) operated by puppeteers, carried on floats, and more than 30 elaborately costumed, live-action performers, who are joined on stage by the various Lion King characters. It draws quite heavily on the Broadway version of the Lion King stage show, with similar costumes and makeup replacing full masks in many places.
Simba, Timon and Pumba play along with the singers, dancers and acrobats. A band of rogue tribesmen and women lead the action, with a host of zebras, monkeys and brighlty-plummed birds helping to revive most of the songs from Disney's classic film.
Overall it is an excellent show, and is as well presented and performed as would be expected from a Disney stage show. Definitely one not to be missed. It shows daily, however the time varies from day to day so you need to check the guidemap in the park for details of the actual times the show is on.
Since this is a popular show queues for each performance can build up quickly, so when the park is busy you should ideally aim to arrive around 30 minutes before the scheduled performance times.
A Broadway class, not to be missed production based on the original story of Disney's animated classic, The Lion King.
The pageantry, costumes and sheer energy of the performers will make you forget you are sitting on benches for 28 minutes. Each number is more colorful than the next as you listen to some favorite, and some new, Lion King songs.
Festival of the Lion King is a favorite with fans of all ages.
The show is staged in a hexagonal timber theatre so you feel as though you are in the Adirondacks on summer vacation. The theatre is separated into 4 parts (all have wonderful views) and your section becomes labeled as either elephant, giraffe, warthog or lion.
As the performers fill the theatre, 4 huge moving floats (really stages) are brought out. Simba is a 12 foot high animated character sitting on Pride Rock. There is an Elephant Waterfall, a swaying giraffe and then one with Pumba and Timon.
Without giving too much away, a group of acrobatic monkeys entertain you to the tune of Hakuna Matata. Can You Feel the Love Tonight is performed as a beautiful aerial ballet and over 50 performers in brightly colored costumes all come together in the finale.
Best times to see this are the first or last show of the day. If you show up half an hour before the next Festival of the Lion King show, chances are you will be waiting for the show that follows to be seated!
The theatre is covered but not air conditioned!
Don't forget to bring water with you into the theatre -- you'll be glad you did.  
Persons in wheelchairs have special sections to accommodate them and their party.

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