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Opening Magic Kingdom

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Festival of the Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom

 Who hasn't hummed a tune for Disney’s The Lion King at one time or another?  But after you experience Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the songs will be going through your head for . . . awhile!

For us, Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a “must do” for any visit.  You can find the theater in the round located in Camp Minnie Mickey, across from the character greeting trails.  Know that there are specific times for the Festival of the Lion King shows throughout the day.  Check your Times Guide for specific times.

Since we went to Animal Kingdom on a day with Extra Magic Hours in the morning, we were in the park an hour early, along with other Disney Resort guests who took advantage of Extra Magic Hours.  So, we were able to catch the first showing of the day of Festival of the Lion King.

We arrived at the outdoor queue about 30 minutes prior to show time and were some of the first in line.  This is a great time to have a snack and a drink—either have one with you or grab one on the way.  You are welcome to have your snack while waiting in line, but no food or drink are allowed inside the theater.  We had packed snacks and water and I had grabbed a cold Diet Coke on the way to the line.

We ended up in the lion section of the theater, as each of the four sides represents one animal.  You’ll find out what I mean when you see the show!

When the show begins, a guest is selected from each section to help demonstrate the animal for that section.  Guess who was picked?  You got it!  The boy!

Now, he has seen this show a few times and knows what is going to happen.  He was even sitting in a row ahead of us, to get a better view, etc.  So, when the Cast Member/Performer began to look for a volunteer, the boy was at the ready.  No hesitation.  He was thrilled!

We enjoyed the rest of the show, humming, singing, clapping, swaying, and smiling.  The music is joyful!

There’s another opportunity for guests to join the show towards the end for the finale.  Again, the boy was at the ready and jumped at the chance.  He was able to parade around the theater shaking a maraca and being a part of the show.

Experiencing the performance can make your heart sing.  Being a part of the show just makes it sweeter.  It is all a part of Disney magic that makes your Disney vacations even more memorable, even more special, and it finds you when you least expect it.

This isn’t the first time the boy has been a part of the Festival of the Lion King.  Click here to read more.

And, the next time you find yourself at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, be sure to catch a performance of Festival of the Lion King!


  1. I love reading about your adventures! But why do you always refer to your son as 'the boy'? It distracts me a little, so I have always wondered. :) Great description, though, and I love your videos! =D

  2. Thanks for sharing our adventures! About the boy. . . one reason is to have some anonymity, just as you did with your comment, the other is that it is actually how we refer to him when my husband and I are talking. Where is the boy? etc. Not to him actually, unless you count when the husband is teasing him. It is definitely a term of endearment at our house. I have no idea what we will do when he is no longer a boy and that is coming faster than we ever imagined. Thanks for asking. We appreciate your feedback and thanks again for reading about our adventures.