Animal Kingdom’s Festival of the Lion King quickly became a favorite of mine since I first saw it a few years ago. Prior to its reopening in June 2014, the Festival of the Lion King was performed in Camp Minnie-Mickey, but now you can find the show in the heart of Africa inside the Harambe Theater. This new version features an updated cast, plot, and acts that you won’t want to miss! Here are five reasons why I love Festival of the Lion King.
1. It’s the closest thing to a Broadway performance without paying Broadway prices
You can see this top-notch performance without paying anything extra. That’s right folks, it’s included with your park admission. A regular Broadway show can cost the same as one day in the Walt Disney World parks on its own, but you can see this Broadway-quality show for no extra cost!
2. It’s fun for the whole family
This show is not only for kids. The music even has my dad dancing and singing along. It’s awesome. Incredible acts will have both children and adults in awe as puppets, dancers, and stilt-walkers move around the theater to classic Lion King tracks we all know and love.
3. You can’t beat the talent
Festival of the Lion King features singers, dancers, acrobats, and even a fire-baton twirler. Trust me: you will not be bored during this show. As soon as one act is finished, the cast smoothly transitions to the next one for a show that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time!
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2. You can sing along
The Lion King is one of my favorite Disney movies, so singing along to this show is one of my favorite things to do in the Animal Kingdom. The best part – singing along is encouraged. So, everyone else will be singing along to classics like “Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” alongside you.
1. It’s interactive
From beginning to end, the cast encourages the audience to participate in the show. All ages can participate in one way or another, from marching in the parade to leading your side of the theater in their animal chant. Whether you are part of the elephants, lions, warthogs, or giraffes, you’ll be sure to have a wild time!