The king will return! Walt Disney World announced today that the award-winning stage show Festival of the Lion King will resume performances Summer 2021.

What’s Happening:

  • Festival of the Lion King will resume performances at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this summer, according to the Disney Parks Blog.
  • The fan-favorite show was originally a last-minute addition to the park when it opened in the Camp Minnie & Mickey area of the park, which was intended to be temporary.
  • After becoming the most popular show in the park, it was the only part of Camp Minnie & Mickey that was saved when the land was replaced by Pandora: The World of Avatar.
  • A new, permanent theater was constructed for the show in Harambe Village, which opened in 2014.
  • When Walt Disney World reopened its theme parks last July, most live shows did not return.
  • The reopening allows more Cast Members to return to work including singers, dancers, technicians and hosts who manage the queue and seating for the Harambe Theatre.
  • The show includes songs from The Lion King to help bring the story of Simba to life along with acrobatics.
  • The only other stage show that has resumed operation at Walt Disney World is For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, which reopened in October.
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