New “Tale of the Lion King” Show Debuts at Disney California Adventure

“Tale of the Lion King”, a new, theatrical stage adaptation of The Lion King, has begun a limited run at Disney California Adventure in Disneyland.

Tale of the Lion King ©Disney

The new outdoor production is performed on the Palisades Stage, with Pixar Pier as its backdrop.

Tale of the Lion King at Disney California Adventure

The show features 18 performers — actors, singers, dancers, and drummers — collectively known as Storytellers of the Pride Lands.

The lead narrator, Mwongozo (Swahili for “guide”), leads the troupe in this adaptation.

Tale of the Lion King at Disney California Adventure

They retell the story of The Lion King in a contemporary style through language, song, and dance. Live drumming and singing, along with the set and costumes all celebrate the cultural roots of this beloved Disney story.

Tale of the Lion King at Disney California Adventure

As Susana Tubert, Creative Director, Disney Parks Live Entertainment, notes, “The Storytellers of the Pride Lands have come to share this ancestral story of how a cub became a king.”

The show contains new musical arrangements of favorite Lion King songs, including “Circle of Life,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” and “Hakuna Matata.”

Tale of the Lion King at Disney California Adventure

The show will be performed several times each day — check your times guide or the Disneyland app for details.

Tale of the Lion King at Disney California Adventure

Though this is billed as a limited run, no end date has been announced for this new show.

Are you excited to The Lion King in a whole new way? Will you be stopping by Disney California Adventure to see this new show? Drop us a note in the comments below!

 

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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