Disney's Animal Kingdom launches Harambe Nights celebration
Walt Disney World on Saturday launched Harambe Nights
, its summer celebration of the 20th anniversary of "The Lion King" movie. It's an after-hours event in Disney's Animal Kingdom that features lots of food, drink and partying in the streets of Harambe Village.
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But the main attraction is "The Lion King: Concert in the Wild," which combines scenes from the movie with a live orchestra, singers, dancers and a celebrity narrator, Viola Davis at the premiere event. Here's a review, plus a video with some of the sights and sounds of the evening.
Harambe Nights runs on Saturday evenings through August 9, with tickets $119 for adults and $79 for children, which includes park admission and complimentary parking, but for the event only.
I can't help thinking this does nothing new. It is just a more expensive Lion King show and food, almost like a dinner theater. It isn't even an after hours park event, which I would think would make the journey even more special. Perhaps if they offer more original music, it would make the event more special. "Circle of Life" is overplayed.
The food and street entertainment line-up reminds me of a Disney press event. So Disney's selling a press event for the public? Why not? Disney made big bucks selling the cast Christmas party to the public, too.
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