The hype train has left the station and is chugging toward the opening of Disney's next film version of The Lion King on July 19. Disney is hosting Lion King-themed promotions across its theme parks, with a new musical based on the franchise on the way to Disney California Adventure next month.
"Tale of the Lion King" opens June 7 on the park's Palisades Stage, and Disney today shared a behind-the-scenes video about the production.
The new show will feature a cast of 18 singers, actors, drummers, and dancers performing new arrangements of songs from the movies while retelling their story in a fresh style. For Disney fans with long memories, the Disneyland Resort hosted Disney's first Lion King theme park production, The Lion King Celebration parade that ran from 1994 through 1997 in Disneyland park. Four of the floats from that parade were then sent to Walt Disney World in Florida to provide the core show units for the Festival of the Lion King show at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
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