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Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King

An Attraction in Animal Kingdom

Last updated: June 20, 2024

At a Glance

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.
Today's Showtimes
Shows at 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, and 5:00pm
Times are updated regularly but may change at any time.
Lightning Lane - Genie+
Gone
Guest Overall Rating
Our Overall Rating
Preschool
Grade School
Teens
Young Adults
Over 30
Seniors
Location
Duration
30 min
Rider Switch?
No
Minimum Height
None
Queues
Accessibility
  • Handheld Captioning
  • Assistive Listening
  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV

Touring Tips

When To Go
Before 11 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Early Theme Park Entry?
No
Extended Evening Theme Park Hours?
Yes
Festival of the Lion King is still a big draw, so try to see the first show in the morning or one of the last two shows at night. For midday performances, you’ll need to queue up at least 35–45 minutes before showtime; to minimize waiting in the hot sun, don’t hop in line until cast members give the word. The bleachers can make viewing difficult for the height-deficient—if you have small children or short adults in your party, snag a seat higher up.

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Wait Times

Here's roughly how many minutes you'll wait for Festival of the Lion King at each Animal Kingdom Crowd Level.

1
5 to 5
2
5 to 5
3
5 to 5
4
5 to 5
5
5 to 5
6
45 to 60
7
45 to 60
8
45 to 60
9
45 to 60
10
45 to 60
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