Festival of the Lion King Animal Kingdom
Festival of the Lion King is a favorite with fans of all ages.
The show reopened June 1, 2014 after a six month hiatus while the new Harambe Theatre was being built. It is now prominently located in Harambe Village, take a left just before the Dawa Bar and Tusker House!
The queue area weaves back and forth for FastPass+ and for Stand-by, much of it is covered.
The show is staged in an enclosed (air conditioned) octagonal timber theater. The theater is sectioned into four parts (all have wonderful views) and your area becomes labeled as either elephant, giraffe, warthog or lion.
As the performers fill the theater, four huge moving floats (really stages) are brought out. Simba is a 12-foot high animated character sitting on Pride Rock. There is an elephant, a swaying giraffe and then one with Pumbaa and Timon.
Without giving too much away, a group of acrobatic monkeys entertain you to the tune of Hakuna Matata. Can You Feel the Love Tonight is performed as a beautiful aerial ballet and more than 50 performers in brightly colored costumes all come together in the finale.
Get a FastPass+! If you can't get a FastPass+, the best times to see this are the first or last show of the day. If you show up half an hour before the next Festival of the Lion King show, chances are you will be waiting for the show that follows to be seated!
Persons in wheelchairs have special areas in each section to accommodate them and their party.
For more information on Animal Kingdom Live Entertainment, Visit Steve Soares' WDW Entertainment Website.
Kids love the show! There is even an opportunity for your child to join the performers and dance around the stage.
Close to the Harambe Theatre is the Dawa Bar (adult beverages) and Donald's Dining Safari in Tusker House which features character buffets at breakfast and lunch. Nearby in Africa you can also find the Kusafiri coffee shop and bakery, the Harambe Fruit Market and Tamu Tamu Refreshments.
Mombasa Marketplace/Ziwani Traders – Safari clothing, African Gifts, unique items here.
After the first run of the show in 1998, several performers went on to perform on Broadway.
The Festival of the Lion King went on a 6-month hiatus while the new theater was being build. It reopened on June 1, 2014.