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2010 Best Theme Park Attraction: Festival of the Lion King vs. Lights! Motors! Action!

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Published: March 31, 2010 at 7:21 AM

Good morning! It's time to pick the finalists in the Best Live Show bracket of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament.

You can click the links or pictures below for a full description of each show, along with comments from other Theme Park Insider readers.

3. Festival of the Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Festival of the Lion King

vs.

15. Lights! Motors! Action! at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Lights! Motors! Action!


Please tell us in the comments why you voted the way you did.

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Next up: The other half of the bracket, with 1. Fantasmic! vs. 13. Finding Nemo - The Musical

Readers' Opinions

From Mark Migliaccio on March 31, 2010 at 7:48 AM
LMA again. I'm sorry I know some of you don't like LMA but it was my favorite show down there and I could watch it all day.
From Tyler Stover on March 31, 2010 at 7:49 AM
I loved Festival of the Lion King. It was a truly outstanding show, and it is on my "must watch" list for any future visits to Walt Disney World. However, the same could be said for my feelings towards Lights Motors Action, so I'll let my fanboyishness continue today. It was a tough call, but I love my smoking tires.
From Joe Schwartz on March 31, 2010 at 8:13 AM
A real tough one. I like them both. However I will take FOTLK for it has a Broadway style production with great music. Over a bunch of stunts with cars.
From Wes Lindquist on March 31, 2010 at 8:21 AM
Both are worthy of being here so I have to ask myself "If I can only see one of these shows during a visit, which one?" My choice - Lights, Motors, Action!
From Brandon Mendoza on March 31, 2010 at 8:44 AM
I haven't watched either in person, but from the footage I've seen I'll take a Broadway Style show over a spotty stunt show lacking cohesion.

I enjoy explosions and car chases as much as any other guy, but when the pacing is slowed down by lackluster breaks, I'll take the full blown storyline over the equivalent of car ladder-match pro wrestling.

Again, I'd give LMA the nod if each stunt/ scene flowed into the next, but the breaks in between each scene trips up the flow. And with choreography for anything, a routine (which is what both shows have) has to be a complete package and not moments.

From Mark Migliaccio on March 31, 2010 at 9:14 AM
I don't think LMA is like that at all. Yes there are breaks between the stunt scenes, but its not like we're all sitting there staring at nothing in between. The host explains what's coming up next, technical aspects of how stunts are pulled off, and there's even a really funny part where a kid is remote controlling it all! People have been making it sound like they do one or two silly stunts and drive away for five minutes. Not like that at all.
From Brandon Mendoza on March 31, 2010 at 10:30 AM
I think that's the problem. I'd prefer to have a complete show that transitions from scene to scene like you're part of the movie/ show. It loses momentum after each high intensity scene by doing the Herbie thing or the kid prank. Reminds me of Sea World's Pet's Rule show... there cutesie transitions, but it makes sense in the context.

LMA is a great show, but I think it could be better if it flowed without the corny in-between scenes.

From Manny Barron on March 31, 2010 at 11:03 AM
Man this was a pretty close contest. LMA should have gotten crushed by either aladdin or Water World but it seems Lion king won this round. LMA is good but not as great as some of these other shows. In the end this bracket reminds me of the womens NCAA tourney, where one team dominates(or show). Eventually you are gonna run into UCONN, or Fantasmic in this case.
From Joshua Counsil on March 31, 2010 at 11:10 AM
My thoughts exactly, Brandon. If the transitions were actually funny or interesting, I wouldn't mind them. Instead, we get Herbie and a fake RC car. It's somewhat funny the first time, then loses any re-watch-ability.
From Anthony Murphy on March 31, 2010 at 11:19 AM
I went with Lion King for the Live Singing too!

Also, while I enjoy a good show of LMA, I really feel that the pacing is very off. The one in Paris has a little bit better pacing, but its also a bit off.

Lion King, for what it does, has fantastic pacing and great for people of any age. I also based my vote on that Lion King alone is a main reason to visit AK even when it was sluggish in its early days. LMA is, well, ok, but not why people are packing DHS.

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