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Festival of The Lion King to move January 2013

Walt Disney World: Also closing will be the rest of Camp Minnie-Mickey

From Dominick D
Posted August 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Screamscape has said an inside source told them that Festival of The Lion King and the rest of Camp Minnie-Mickey is expected to close in January 2013 to make way for Pandora- The World of Avatar. Hakuna Matata, FOTLK is scheduled to move into a new theater in the Africa section of the park. Technically, the show won't be closing for good, just being moved. Of you liked meeting characters in Camp Minnie Mickey, they'll probably be moved. What are your thoughts?

From Rob Pastor
Posted August 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM
I've been reading that there is no firm time table when the show will reopen. Its a very expensive show to produce, and with WDW being in a cost cutting mode (hours & entertainment), they may leave it shut down for a while. So there will be even less to do in a park that's seriously short of attractions. They still need to build a venue to house the show in, and we all know how inordinately long it takes Disney to build anything.

From Dominick D
Posted August 10, 2012 at 2:50 PM
I'd expect it to go on break for more then half a year considering a theater needs to be built.

From Rob Pastor
Posted August 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM
Dom: At least. Disney is so slow. I had my 4,000 square foot "custom" home built in less than 4 months and I was my own project manager. Disney has been working on the Beauty & the Beast cottages for two years & they're still not finished. Sometimes I think they've hired the Monroe brothers from Green Acres as their carpenters. I understand the need for design, code OK's etc., but Disney is sooooo slow....I will miss the Lion King show when I visit in the spring. It's one of the best out there and Disney does shows better than anyone else.....On Disney work...Last year at the Caribbean Beach Resort I watched a crew of six workers take two hours to trim a 15 foot section of shrubs next to the poolhouse. I do that on my property myself in less than an hour. What a bureaucratic mess at WDW. No wonder everything costs so much.

From Dominick D
Posted August 10, 2012 at 4:09 PM
Actually, Gaston's Tavern and Enchanted Tales With Belle are pretty much complete. All they need to do is pave the walkway and train CMs.

From Rob Pastor
Posted August 10, 2012 at 4:40 PM
But it took them over two years to get to that point.

From Dominick D
Posted August 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM
The meet and greet is much more the a simple one. Audio Anamatronics are involved

From Rob Pastor
Posted August 10, 2012 at 6:13 PM
I'm mostly referring to the village cottages. They're just your basic gift shops, etc. They've been building them like forever. They're really not much different than a basic 3 to 4 month house build. Why 2 plus years?...So how long will it take to build a replacement venue for the Lion King? In the real world, four to six months. In the Disney World, it's on twilight zone time.They've known for a year that they're shutting the Lion King venue down. Why didn't they start building the new location in Africa back then?..The Citizens of Hollywood have a hilarious routine on Disney municipal workers and their work or lack of work therof. Might be more truth than an act. Back to my original point. Bottom line profit. Cut an expensive entertainment act for a couple of years. The WDW suits are something else. Hopefully, the Disney Resort imagineer implant will get things moving in the right direction.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted August 10, 2012 at 7:58 PM
That doesn't surprise me that its moving over to Africa.

They will never get rid of FOTLK. It is one of the best shows in any Disney park!

From Don Neal
Posted August 13, 2012 at 6:56 AM
It is funny to see a tip from someone turn into a rumor that a show will be closed for 6 mos to two years and then hate towards Disney for doing so when in fact nothing has been confirmed or announced. I LOVE THE INTERNET!! :P

It is called progress at a park that everyone demands progress at but in order to do so stuff needs to be moved or torn down. I don't understand fans who demand progress and then when it happens criticize every little decision and jump to conclusions about it. Being critical of facts or experiences is one thing, but it cracks me up to see people's quick responses to nothing more than conjecture.

From Phil B.
Posted August 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Disney should have already started to build the replacement venue in Africa so there would be minimum shut down time, just more so a matter of moving from one location in the park to the new one

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