I just saw the road tour production of Disney’s The Lion King musical, which is currently performing at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center in downtown Orlando, FL. (Don’t get me started on why Disney doesn’t have a Broadway caliber theater at Walt Disney World…… Read More »Two shows of The Lion King collide when Broadway Stars visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom
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I didn’t post about it on the blog at the time, but two of the last three times I’ve seen Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, they performed the show with just three leads instead of four. I didn’t post anything because… Read More »Disney World auditioning for Festival of the Lion King leads
A minor fire occured today at the 4:15 showing of The Festival of The Lion King. The float that holds the Elephant puppet caught fire early in the show (the Tumble Monkey performance was underway). No injuries were reported and the fire was quickly extinguished… Read More »Festival of The Lion King float catches fire during show
Three performers who were fired from their roles in Festival of The Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom after refusing to perform in soiled costumes won their federal arbitration session. This means the cast members will get their jobs back, plus back pay, said a… Read More »Fired Disney performers who refused to perform in soiled costumes win back jobs
We just covered the opening of the new location for the Festival of the Lion King back in June. But already the show has just marked a major milestone – 1 million guests have witnessed the fantastic show inside the new Harambe Theatre. The LePage… Read More »New Festival of the Lion King Location Welcomes 1 Millionth Guest
One of the most fantastic parts of Disney’s Animal Kingdom has always been how nature and the man made interacts throughout the park. Disney’s Imagineers carefully crafted buildings down to the tiniest crack to make it look like there is a battle between construction and nature and that nature has the edge. No where is this more evident than Harambe Village.
In my opinion Harambe Village is Disney’s most fully realized creation in Orlando. Now, with the opening of the Harambe Theatre, it’s almost like the village has doubled in size. In fact, putting aside a few unfinished bits of landscaping, the themeing is so wonderful, the theater looks like it’s always been a part of the village.
Harambe Theatre, of course, is home to the relocated Festival of The Lion King show. It is back with only a few very minor changes. Once you’re inside the theater itself, you have to look close to tell we’re no longer in Camp Minnie Mickey.
There is one change that is worth noting–a much longer Fastpass+ line. The old location did have Fastpass, but it was only a few dozen people a show. The new location fills about 1/3rd the theater with Fastpass+ holders. Therefore, if a seat close to the floor is important to you, make sure you are holding a Fastpass+ for your show. Once the rabble is allowed in, all the remaining seating is in the back.
A gallery with images from the area is below the jump in case you can’t watch the video above:
A loud and happy sound was heard (herd?) throughout the kingdom today as Festival of The Lion King reopens after a lengthy hiatus to move the theater from Camp Minnie Mickey to the new Harambe Theatre in the Africa portion of the park. I’m planning… Read More »Festival of The Lion King Returns to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Today
Good news for fans of Walt Disney World’s best rated show, “Festival of the Lion King.” The Harambe Theatre looks nearly completed in its home in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. When the theater opens in June, the story of The Lion King will once again be celebrated by the immensely talented cast and crew. But first, the cast and crew has to get used to their new home. Disney has provided this video showing their first look at their new theater, both onstage and backstage.
We just learned that Festival of The Lion King will return to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in June 2014 in the newly built Harambe Theatre. Below is some video from the end of April looking at the construction of the theater. The video is taken from the bridge to Asia and then from Africa by the Dawa Bar.