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Jul 22, 2019 - One of the most popular shows at Disney's Animal Kingdom, heck in just about any Disney park, is Festival of the Lion King.  In this episode, I head to the Harambe Theatre to check it out! Recorded on March 21, 2019.


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This episode I head out to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World to see the long running show Festival of the Lion King.  Located in the Africa section of the park, Festival Of The Lion King is described in the guide map by saying: Come inside and experience the pageantry and puppetry of this big as Broadway show. There are no height requirements for this attraction and FastPass Plus is available.

Before we head to the Harambe Theatre to see the show, here are five fast facts about Festival of the Lion King.

1. Festival of the Lion King debuted at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on April 22, 1998.

2. The show opened in a theater in the Camp Minnie-Mickey area of the park but in 2014, the show took a hiatus as a new theater was built.  The former location in Camp Minnie-Mickey was replaced with Pandora - The world of Avatar.

3. Many of the floats in the show are repurposed from Disneyland’s Lion King Celebration parade that ran from 1994 to 1997.

4. Festival of the Lion King features a cast of 50 performers who require over 130 costumes!

5. In March of 2016, a small fire broke out in the elephant float during the show.  Guests were evacuated and the fire was quickly put out with no injuries and not much damage reported.

Now let’s enjoy Festival of the Lion King.  After the show I’ll give you my thoughts on this attraction and, as always, this is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, put them on now!  This is Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Episode edited by Stephen Staver





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