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Festival of the Lion King
Festival of the Lion King

Opened

April 22, 1998

Festival of the Lion King, an original interpretation of the Disney animated film The Lion King, is a live stage musical performed in Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Florida. The show uses songs, dance, puppetry, and visual effects to portray a tribal celebration in an African savanna setting filled with lions, elephants, giraffes, birds, zebras, and gazelles. In this theater environment, Festival of the Lion King is a traveling celebration presented by Simba and his friends (including a band of four human singers). The show is in the form of a revue, and not a condensed version of either the film or Broadway show. The show features Elton John and Tim Rice's award-winning music from the movie.

It is currently the longest-running attraction at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Show Description[]

The show is presented inside an enclosed theater in Camp Minnie-Mickey. Guests sit in four sections, each designated with an animal name: Warthog, Elephant, Giraffe, and Lion. Guests are asked to make a noise corresponding to their animal at certain times during the show, and children are sometimes pulled out of the audience to dance.The show is hosted by four performers dressed in costumes inspired by traditional African dress. Each has a Swahili name: Kiume (meaning "masculine and strong"), Nakawa (meaning "good-looking"), Kibibi (meaning "princess"), and Zawadi (meaning "the gift").

The story of the movie is not followed, being replaced instead with a show of songs from the movie and other sources. This is combined with aerobatics performed by the Tumble Monkeys, a group of performers dressed in orange monkey costumes. The cast also performs annually for the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade which is filmed at the Magic Kingdom and is broadcast on Christmas Day on ABC.

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