Why It Might Not Be As Easy to See Festival of the Lion King in Disney World Soon

It might get a little more difficult to catch a showing of Festival of the Lion King soon.

Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King is a popular show in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and it’s been shortened to “A Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King” since it reopened following Disney World’s closure. Recently, we learned that a missing element of the show will be returning soon, but it also looks like showtimes are being reduced!

A Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King is typically scheduled for eight performances a day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, with showtimes taking place hourly. We’ve witnessed fewer showtimes in the past due to staffing shortages or technical difficulties, and it looks like showtimes will be reduced in April and May.

Festival of the Lion King Showtimes

As of April 25th, showtimes seem to be reduced to seven in one day, with the 1PM showtime missing. Showtimes continue to be reduced through May 20th, with one exception.


On Saturdays through May 20th, the show resumes eight showtimes a day. On May 21st, it looks like showtimes return to normal, with eight daily showtimes every day of the week. We don’t know if this will be a temporary change for Memorial Day crowds, or if this will be permanent.


Disney recently announced that the tumble monkeys will return to perform during “Hakuna Matata” this summer, though we still haven’t heard about other missing performers like the aerialist birds!

Tumble Monkeys are coming back!

It would be a good idea to check the My Disney Experience app if you’re hoping to catch this show during your next Animal Kingdom visit! Keep following AllEars for more Disney World news!

Read more about the tumble monkeys returning to Festival of the Lion King here!

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