Published: March 1, 2010 at 3:10 PMFestival of the Lion King is awesome. The Lion King film has some of the best music ever in a movie and this show definitely plays to that strength. It appears my top 2 favorite shows will be the top 2 seeds. The only reason Lion King isn't better than those shows is because it lacks much of a story but the acrobats are wonderful, though.
Published: March 1, 2010 at 3:39 PMThis is my second favorite theme park live show (Aladdin at DCA is the best). Probably the best show in Orlando, even though it recycles some parade floats. It's actually a nice change to see a show without a storyline, just lots of joyful music, color, dancing and acrobatics.
Published: March 1, 2010 at 5:01 PMStill great, and what keeps it great is its seamless progression between scenes. The whole package just fits together very satisfyingly and never lags, which is a problem with many Disney live shows (particularly stunt shows).
9-Outstanding, but not the best theme park live show out there.
Published: March 1, 2010 at 6:32 PMMy favorite show of them all. Hope this wins in the bracket!!
Published: March 1, 2010 at 6:56 PMI love this show! I really enjoy the idea of it being a festival and think that the whole thing just translates very well. This show also features some of the best vocal performances you'll hear at WDW. It's basically just a big celebration of everything we love about The Lion king and really makes the audience feel like a part of the action.
Published: March 1, 2010 at 8:55 PMIt is almost worth the theme park ticket to see this!
BTW, great video of this show! I wish the singing was a little bit better, but very clear video! You can also sorta see the animated head of Timon who actually "sings" and blinks. A definate plus for Disney Imagineering and this show!
Versions of this show is at HKDL and DLP. I have seen the one at DLP and it pretty much just the singing, not the acrobatics and it was just as breathtaking. There is just something about the music of the Lion King that is spectacular, especially with strong vocals.
I also believe it is one of the saviors of the terrible and rocky opening that AK had in 1998. Now if they can only get more confortable seats........
Published: March 2, 2010 at 1:14 PMI firmly believe The Festival of the Lion King deserves the win at least in this category. I saw it for the first time this past summer, and it was the best surprise of the trip. I appreciated that it did not attempt to simply retell the Lion King story. I have the Broadway play and movie on DVD to do that. This show is fun, technically impressive, and just the right blend of original material with familiar background.