Lion King Show Back in Rehearsals at Walt Disney World

April 19, 2021, 6:32 PM · Walt Disney World has recalled the company for Festival of the Lion King and the popular musical show at Disney's Animal Kingdom is now in rehearsals for a mid-May return.

Walt Disney World Resort President Jeff Vahle shared pictures and a quick video clip of the cast on his Instagram today. In January, Disney announced that a modified version of the show would return this summer, but Vahle's post today moves that goal up a bit.

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Festival of the Lion King was ranked one of the top three theme park shows in the world in our Theme Park Insider reader survey last year. The modified production, called "A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King" will feature familiar songs from the show in a capacity-controlled theater, with additional modifications to protect performers as well as guests.

We also are hearing whispers that Disney is preparing to revive more productions and projects that it canceled when the pandemic hit last year. Stay tuned.

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Replies (3)

April 19, 2021 at 10:12 PM

Fingers crossed for Epcot’s many pre-pandemic announcements to hopefully come back...

April 20, 2021 at 10:16 AM

Inch by inch, the world is starting to return to normal.

Now if Disney were to bring back FastPass+, things would be super awesome!

April 20, 2021 at 2:02 PM

Will be interesting. I see stuff on various touring productions of musicals starting back up in late summer (not in Chicago area yet) still tricky given how tightly-packed backstage of a Broadway-style show is and so need widespread vaccinations, etc for it.

But still a good sign.

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