Walt Disney World Bringing Back Full “Festival of the Lion King” Show on July 16th After a Temporary Closure

The full show of Festival of the Lion King will reopen on July 16th at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, with a short downtime planned for July 5th-15th.



What’s Happening:

  • “Ladies and gentlemen – direct from a record-breaking two million years at the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, let’s hear it for the tumble monkeys!” – Timon in Festival of the Lion King.
  • The popular show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be restored to its original form on July 16th.
  • Following pandemic closures, the show resumed performances in May of 2021 in a modified format, titled A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King.
  • Among the changes, the tumble monkey act was removed, becoming a less-lively sing-along of “Hakuna Matata.”
  • The aerial act during “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” also became a ballet dance performed on the ground.
  • A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King will continue to perform the current modified show through July 4th.
  • The show will go dark from July 5th through 15th as the show is restored back to its original glory.
  • Festival of the Lion King celebrates the music of the classic animated feature with live singing, spectacular acts, and characters from the film including Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa.

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