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Inspired by the Disney animated feature, Festival of the Lion King is part stage show and part parade; the theater is behind and to the left of Tusker House restaurant. Guests sit in four sets of bleachers surrounding the stage and organized into cheering sections, which are called on to make elephant, warthog, giraffe, and lion noises. (You won’t be alone if you don’t know what a giraffe or warthog sounds like.) There’s a great deal of strutting around and a lot of singing and dancing. By our count, every tune from The Lion King is belted out— some more than once. If you didn’t know the words to the songs before the show, you definitely will after.
Festival of the Lion King is one of the few stage shows Disney has restarted during the pandemic. In order to get it to run safely, Festival had to cut its audience participation, acrobats, and some special effects. While the remaining singers and dancers are absolute professionals, they can’t make up for a show that’s now too small and too slow for its stage.
Touring Plans users are almost unanimous in their praise of Festival of the Lion King. This letter from a Naples, Florida, mom is typical:
Festival of the Lion King was the best thing we experienced at Animal Kingdom. The singers, dancers, fire twirlers, acrobats, and sets were spectacular.
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