When Disneyland Resort was forced to close its gates to Guests because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Guests knew that things would not be the same after that. 412 days later, they were once again walking into the Happiest Place on Earth, and all seemed right once again. However, as predicted, things were very different. Crowds were limited, masks were required, Annual Passes were a thing of the past, and popular nighttime shows and stage performances were on indefinite pause.
As time went on, things slowly moved back to normal — new Annual Passes called Magic Keys were introduced, capacity limits increased, and masks were made optional. Fireworks even returned to the delight of many. However, one thing remained missing, stage shows. One popular show that Guests missed was Mickey and the Magical Map at Fantasyland Theater. Sadly, Disney informed Guests that when the theater opened back up, Mickey and the Magical Map would not be returning.
The company announced that Mickey and the Magical Map would be replaced by Tale of the Lion King — which originally premiered on the Palisades Stage in Paradise Gardens Park at Disney California Adventure. At that time, Disney did not say when the show would open, just saying that it would be a part of the Celebrate Soulfully event that was coming to Disneyland Resort.
Disney has now shared that Tale of the Lion King will be opening in just a couple of weeks — on May 28! Disney Parks Blog gave more information along with the exciting news:
Beginning May 28, 2022, Disneyland park will welcome “Tale of the Lion King” to its new home at the Fantasyland Theatre where this original, story-theatre adaptation of Disney’s “The Lion King” will be staged in an all-new presentation (as depicted in this artist rendering). At the heart of the production is a traveling troupe known as The Storytellers of the Pride Lands who weave the tale of how a cub becomes a king through dialogue, song, dance and percussion. From the scenic and costume designs to the new original musical arrangements and choreography, every aspect of “Tale of the Lion King” honors and is inspired by the cultural roots of this timeless story.
Also on May 28, Troubadour Tavern will return with new menu items inspired by the show.
It is also exciting to hear that Troubadour Tavern will have new menu items inspired by the new show. Troubadour Tavern was not always open before the shutdown, but when it was, Guests lined up for its delicious offerings like loaded baked potatoes. Disney Dining will share more information with readers when the new menu becomes available.
Will you be watching Tale of the Lion King when it opens at Fantasyland Theater on May 28?