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Festival of the Lion King

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 8 out of 10

Live Musical Show

Robert Niles

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Published: March 30, 2015

Dancers, acrobats, singers, and costumed characters celebrate The Lion King in this musical performance in-the-round. No, it’s not the Broadway show, or even an abridged retelling of the movie plot. But it’s a lovely, rousing concert that tries to get the audience cheering, and often succeeds. Do plan to line up 20-60 minutes before showtime (depending upon how busy the park is that day) to be seated. If you’ve visited Disney World before, note that Festival of the Lion King is playing in a new theater in the Africa section of the park now, as the old theater was torn down to make room for the Avatar construction.

Bruce  Graebner
Having seen this show many times in the original theater, today I went to Disney's Animal Kingdom with the primary mission of seeing it in the new theater in Harambe. The interior of the new Theater looks exactly like the original except that everything is working beautifully and the theatre is clean and attractive. The exterior blends in nicely with the Africa theme of the park section.

This is a fast moving, colorful show that felt like it lasted five minutes instead of a half hour due to the pace and the excitement generated. Anyone who has visited Disney's Animal Kingdom without experiencing this excellent show has missed out on a lot of fun, music, color and story.

The only negative I can find is that I wish they had used a softer steal for the seating in the new theater. The bench seating does get a little hard on the bottom. Certainly not enough discomfort to affect the enjoyment of the show.

Don't miss this excellent show with the benefit of having a place to cool off on a hot Florida day.

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