Fan-favorite Disney show returns with plenty of changes

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For the first time in forever, Disney World has finally brought a show back to its parks! At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Lion King Festival is finally back, but there are some changes.

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Disney World has had to say goodbye to many of its entertainment offerings for the time being, but finally, we’re starting to see some of it coming back. The Lion King Festival announced its return a few months ago and on May 8th the show opened smoothly without any announcements leaving guests visiting the park with a special surprise!

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Inside the Magic was on the scene and we’ll let you know about any changes that have been made. It’s important to note that the show’s grand opening will take place on May 15, and the current soft-opening is being used to see what other changes need to be made. So the show and the experience we had could change by the time the show opens fully according to the Cast Members working in the theater!

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First tip: come TT! The theater skips each row when guests are seated, and the distance between parties is spaced enough apart, so capacity is reduced by almost 75%. We were in line at 4:50 p.m. and couldn’t make it to the 5:00 p.m. show, but we got inside for the 6:00 p.m. show, even then the guests who had also lined up didn’t have not lined up. do it at the theater.

As a rule, when the show starts, the performers involve the audience by making each section a certain animal, in this version that didn’t happen, the show has only just begun. We also lose the tumble monkey section entirely and the aerial acrobats during “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, only performing on the ground.

That being said, the joy on each performer’s face was very noticeable and the energy they exhibited more than made up for the cuts that had to be made for the safety of the performers. I can guarantee that the performance is still so moving and that the tears will continue to flow.

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According to the Disney World website, this is the official description of the Lion King Festival:

The Circle of Life – Live on Stage

Join the inhabitants of the Pride Lands for a grand gala in honor of Simba, the lion cub who would become king.
As the lights dim, listen to the sounds of the African savannah. A kinetic kaleidoscope of color floods the stage as colossal puppets, extravagantly costumed dancers and incredible waders dazzle the senses.
During spectacular plays, you will relive all the classic songs of The Lion King, including “Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight? The spectacular finale features a rising rendition of “Circle of Life.”
It’s a moving and immersive theatrical experience celebrating the music that has touched generations of Disney fans and a festival you’ll want to participate in time and time again!

Know before you go

“A Lion King’s Day Celebration” will be presented in a modified format to reflect the current environment. Adjustments to the show were made on stage and behind the scenes, including choreography updates and a temporary hiatus from certain elements of the show to allow for appropriate physical distancing.
Seating will be limited for the show and are not guaranteed with admission to the park. Guests should check the My Disney Experience app, the advice boards in the park, or speak to a cast member at the Harambe Theater for information on the queue and availability of the show, which is subject to change. .

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While this show is back, many other shows such as Citizens of Main Street, Citizens of Hollywood, Beauty and the Beast live on stage, the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, Finding Nemo The Musical, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue, the Move It! Shake it! Mouseke Dance it! Street Party, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire, and others have not yet returned.

So starting next weekend the show will be back, but if you are visiting Disney World this week, be sure to try to get into the show if you can!

What show would you like to bring back to the Disney Parks soon? Let us know in the comments!

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