Last week, we reported that one of Disney’s newest shows — Tale of the Lion King at Disneyland Park — had to be canceled because multiple Cast Members became ill. While it was never confirmed by Disney, many suspected that it was a COVID outbreak. Orange County, California, along with many other counties in the country, has been seeing an extreme uptick in COVID cases. When the show first shut down, Disney hoped that it would only be for a day or two, but nearly a week later, the curtain is still closed. The show had only been performed for about 4 days before it was forced to close.
However, we have some promising news to report. According to the Disneyland Resort website, Tale of the Lion King is set to return to the Fantasyland Theater on June 10! The Disneyland website says that Tale of the Lion King will have a total of five showings on the 10th — 12:30 p.m., 1:40 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 4:50 p.m., and 6 p.m.
Here is more information on Tale of the Lion King from the Disneyland website:
Rediscover Simba’s journey—from timid cub to mighty king—as you have never experienced it before.
Narrated by the Storytellers of the Pride Lands, Simba’s rise to royalty is presented in a unique, theatrical style—with live music and dance inspired by the cultural roots of this timeless story. The stirring tale of Simba, Nala, Mufasa, Scar, Timon and Pumbaa features new arrangements of treasured songs, including “Circle of Life,” “Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”
With all-new staging at the Fantasyland Theatre, it’s heartfelt entertainment for the whole family!
Fantasyland Theater is not the first location for the Tale of the Lion King show. Disneyland Resort Guests were first able to see the show in Disney California Adventure Park on the Palisades Stage in Paradise Gardens Park. The show was only on for a limited time, but proved to be so popular that Disney decided to bring it back on a more semi-permanent basis.
Tale of the Lion King replaced Mickey and the Magical Map, which ran at Disneyland from 2013 until 2020. While Disneyland was closed during the pandemic, Disneyland officials shared that Mickey and the Magical Map would not be returning.