After years of closure, it looks like Disneyland’s Fantasyland Theater is once again becoming unavailable to visitors, as the live musical Tale of the Lion King remains canceled as several Cast Members have been declared ill.
Today is the second day in a row that Guests have seen all five daily performances of this new musical tale cancelled. Disneyland officials said the cancellations were due to extreme caution, as several Disneyland cast members involved in the production called in sick.
It’s unfortunate to see this spectacular show having to cancel schedules less than a week after returning to Disneyland Resort on May 28. Yet with the recent increase in COVID-19 cases across Orange County, California and the United States, it is understandable and probably the best decision of the people in charge of Disneyland. Extremely contagious but less severe omicron variants are expected to keep coronavirus case levels high this summer as the United States grapples with the latest wave of COVID-19, according to CNN.
Yesterday we reported that this weekend’s Tale of the Lion King performances would be part of a summer launch event in which Disneyland would host national and international news outlets.
Whereas the official site of Disneyland listing five performances for today, June 3, the site has been updated, as expected, to say there will be “no performances today”.
Currently, the website is showing five performances for June 4, 5 and 6, but in light of today’s events, it is uncertain if the schedule will be maintained or if the performances will be canceled indefinitely. Due to the scale of this live performance and the massive preparation required for it, between sets, choreography, musical arrangements, rehearsals and much more, it’s hard to imagine Disneyland preparing a new casting to resume performances, adding to the uncertainty. the fate of the show in the following days.
Inside the Magic will continue to report as new information is released.
Read more about Tale of the Lion King
Tale of the Lion King tells the story of how the now famous lion cub, Simba, became king through “dialogue, song, dance and percussion”. From Disney Parks Blog:
Starting May 28, 2022, Disneyland Park will welcome “Tale of the Lion King” to its new home at the Fantasyland Theater where this original, story-driven adaptation of Disney’s “Lion King” will be staged in an all-new presentation (as pictured in this artist rendering). At the heart of the production is a traveling troupe known as The Storytellers of the Pride Lands who tell the story of how a bear cub becomes king through dialogue, song, dance and drumming. From stage designs and costumes to new musical arrangements and original choreography, every aspect of “Tale of the Lion King” honors and draws inspiration from the cultural roots of this timeless story.
This tale will transport guests to the lands of pride and honor the aspects of black culture that are woven into Disney history and music. The Lion King (1994).
Disneyland currently offers many entertainment offers for visitors! World of Color is currently performing at Disney California Adventure, and at Disneyland Park guests can enjoy the Electric Main Street Parade and Disneyland Forever fireworks that light up the night. Fantastic ! also returned on May 28, and guests can once again journey into imagination with Mickey Mouse at Rivers of America.
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