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Festival of the Lion King

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park


Valid Park Admission Required

Age Interest

All Ages


30 minutes

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  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV
  • Assistive Listening
  • Handheld Captioning
  • Sign Language



Delight in the pageantry and puppetry of this big-as-Broadway show celebrating Simba, the lion cub who would be king!

ThrA mature Simba stands on Pride Rock on stage at Festival of the Lion King

Hakuna Matata and More!

Join the inhabitants of the Pride Lands for a grand celebration of The Lion King with songs from the film. This is a vibrant and exciting retelling of the tale of the cub who would be king, a lion prince fulfilling his destiny to become ruler—wildly presented by Simba and his friends in their own version of the story. From the opening number to the end, you’re in for a variety of thrilling entertainment.

As the lights dim, the wind gently rushes through the African savannah and the sounds of the jungle come to life. A kaleidoscope of color floods the stage from colossal puppets, spirited dancers and regal stilt walkers in imaginative costumes—with ornate beads, feathers and fringe.

Zany Tumble Monkeys fling from the high bar, rings, and trapeze. A fire dancer twirls his torch with fire flaming from both ends. And audio-animatronic characters perform on enormous moving stages.

Between theatrics, Timon leads everyone in, “Hakuna Matata.” Scar sings,"Be Prepared." And while Simba struggles to take his rightful place as ruler over the Pride Lands, feel your emotions swell to songs such as “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”, “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” The spectacular finale includes a heart-stirring rendition of “Circle of Life".

It’s a fast moving show that gets you cheering and when it’s over—you’ll feel like one of the tribe!

Three performers in orange monkey outfits sit in a row and groom one another

Act Like an Animal

Four magnificently costumed singers enter the theater-in-the-round to start the tribal celebration. Each singer leads part of the audience to act like a giraffe, a warthog, a lion or an elephant. You might even be picked to show off your animal nature.

Three acrobats in orange monkey outfits perform on gymnastic rings

Know Before You Go

Be sure to check the Times Guide at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for schedule and showtimes, which are subject to change.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

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  • 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM Eastern Time. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
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