One of the original attractions of Disney’s Animal Kingdom that opened with the theme park back on April 22, 1998 is the Festival of the Lion King. This attraction is located in the Camp Minnie-Mickey section of Animal Kingdom and is a must-do for most who visit the park.
Like the previously mentioned Finding Nemo – The Musical, the Festival of the Lion King is a family friendly attraction that offers something for everyone in your group. This applies to those well-seasoned individuals down to the infants in your party. There is so much activity and sound involved in the attraction that it will keep the attention of everyone who attends.
Festival of the Lion King is loosely based on the Disney movie blockbuster The Lion King. However, despite borrowing some of the characters and songs from the movie, this attraction follows its own storyline centered around the characters of Simba, Timon, Pumba and a cast of other performers including four main singers.
Guests choosing to attend should arrive early as the approximately 1,400 seat theater fills fast. The seating is bleacher style and all seats offer good views. The theater is split into four different sections known as the Warthog, Elephant, Giraffe and Lion sections. These sections are each headed up by one of the aforementioned four singers as they lead their groups in songs and sound.
Once everyone is seated, the show begins with the characters entering into the theater. Floats are used to house likenesses of Simba and Pumba in the corners of the theater whereas Timon servers as a sort of host to the show.
Some of the more well-known songs from the movie are sung and are augmented by acrobatics and other performers who definitely add a new level of excitement. Those who have not seen the show should insure they plan to attend on their visit to the Animal Kingdom.
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