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Festival of the Lion King Returns June 1 to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Festival of the Lion King - Harambe Theater

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Festival of the Lion King will officially debut at the brand new Harambe Theater on this Sunday, June 1!

The show has moved to the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom from its previous location in Camp Minnie-Mickey. (Camp Minnie-Mickey is currently the construction site of the upcoming Avatarland, slated to open in 2017.) The theater can be found just over the bridge to Africa, right behind the Dawa Bar and Tusker House.

In addition to this new theater, rumors indicate that Disney has built a brand new gift shop in the area, which should be called Mariya’s Souvenirs.

The show, Festival of the Lion King, tells the tale of the movie, The Lion King, utilizing song, dance, acrobats, puppetry, and more. Festival of the Lion King will be performed daily, and FastPass+ reservations will be available.

The new Harambe Theater will also be utilized for the upcoming Harambe Nights hard-ticket event, which will feature an all new, 55-minute show, “The Lion King: Concert in the Wild.”  The show will be a never-before-seen take on the The Lion King, with a celebrity narrator, choir, orchestra, and dancers.  Harambe Nights begins on June 7 and takes place every Saturday evening through August 9.

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One thought on “Festival of the Lion King Returns June 1 to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • I currently have FastPass+ for Dinosaur (second week of July). Would I be better off changing to Lion King (party of nine)?

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