Iconic Disney Show Closing in Early 2024

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Disney is preparing for the closure of an iconic Disneyland Resort attraction. If you are a fan of this experience, you will want to plan a trip to Disneyland to catch the show one last time before its closure in early 2024.

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Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, is filled with thrilling attractions and spectacular shows. During your visit to the parks, don’t miss popular attractions like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Radiator Springs Racers, and Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! If you want to relax, try out some of the classic attractions like “it’s a small world”, the Jungle Cruise, or a scenic trip on the Disneyland Railroad.

In addition to the fan-favorite attractions at Disneyland, you can enjoy live entertainment and shows throughout the park. Younger guests will love dancing along with their favorite characters at the Disney Junior Dance Party! You can find this fun show at Disney California Adventure Park.


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Related: Disney Announces REPLACEMENT for ‘Fantasmic!’: New Entertainment Arrives After Fire Incident

Many Disneyland fans are currently missing the beloved nighttime fireworks show, Fantasmic! Although Fantasmic! has been one of the most popular live shows at the park, the show has been closed since April 2023, when the Malificent Dragon caught fire during a performance. Due to severe damage, the show is still closed and is planned to reopen in Spring 2024.

Tale of the Lion King

Another popular attraction featuring exciting live entertainment is the Tale of the Lion King. This show opened to Disneyland guests in 2019, featuring live music, the tumble monkeys, and narration by The Storytellers of the Pride Lands. The show is based on Walt Disney Animation’s 1994 film, The Lion King. Though the show debuted at Disney California Adventure Park in 2022, the live performance reopened at Disneyland’s Fantasyland Theater.

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If you’re a Tale of the Lion King fan, we have sad news for you. According to The Orange County Register, Disney’s Tale of the Lion King Attraction is closing soon in 2024. Disneyland officials have confirmed that Tale of the Lion King will permanently close in January 2024. The Lion King show’s final performance will take place on January 7, 2024.

Stop by before then to sing along to “Hakuna Matata” and “Circle of Life” with your favorite Lion King characters one final time.

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More Closures

This is not the only upcoming attraction closure at the Disney theme parks. Attraction closures were also announced for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Soon, we will be seeing an end to It’s Tough to be a Bug at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Animal Kingdom show in the Tree of Life is set to be replaced by a new Zootopia-themed attraction. It’s Tough to be a Bug was an opening day attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 1998. The show is based on Pixar’s A Bug’s Life (1998).

Will you be sad to see Tale of the Lion King close? Let us know in the comments below!

About Megan Losey

As a Disney foodie, I love writing about Disney food and snacks. Some of my favorites are the Carrot Cake Cookie from Trolley Car Cafe, the Mickey Beignets from Port Orleans French Quarter, and the Apple Blossom from Port Orleans Riverside. When I'm visiting the parks, you can find me on Main Street taking in the good vibe of Magic Kingdom or relaxing with a drink at the Polynesian watching the fireworks from the beach. As a previous Cast Member, I will always have a special place in my heart for the Magic Kingdom, especially Main Street U.S.A.

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