Back in August we had the news that the most popular and best rated show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and, quite possibly, on property, the Festival of the Lion King, was scheduled to move to a new location. The biggest open questions where when and where. We now know the where and it’s likely the when will come soon.
FotLK had to move to make way for Avatar, which will be coming to where Camp Minnie Mickey is now. Cast members were notified that it would shuttering early in 2013, but so far there hasn’t been much progress as to how the move would be made.
In paperwork filed with the Florida water district management agency, we now know that the FotLK theater will be moved to a new plot of land in Africa. It will be to your left as you cross over the bridge, behind the Tusker House restaurant. Imagineers have been spotted in the area taking a few measurements. So its possible work on fencing in and clearing the plot could begin any day now.
So now the biggest question remains, will they close the existing location and then move the building and infrastructure wholesale to the new location? That seems the most budget friendly method, and therefore the most likely. If so, that means there will likely be a period of 3-5 months where there is are no performances of FotLK at the park. That’s a bummer for sure, but it’s better than losing it completely to make way for Avatar.