This year marks the 25th anniversary of “The Lion King” and in celebration, Disney is adding images inspired by the classic animated film to the biggest screen at Disney’s Animal Kingdom–the Tree of Life.
According to Disney, beginning Memorial Day weekend and appearing nightly through Sept. 30, 2019, a new sequence of projections and music paying tribute to “The Lion King” will premiere in the nighttime projection Tree of Life Awakenings show.
For those who have never experienced Disney’s Animal Kingdom at night before, the iconic Tree of Life “awakens” throughout each evening as the animal spirits are brought to life by magical fireflies that reveal colorful stories of wonder and enchantment. During this experience, projections of nature scenes take over the magical tree and light up the night sky of the animal-themed park.
Some of the projections that currently take place in the show include flickering fireflies stirring to life the animal spirits in the tree’s towering trunk, a young doe embarking upon a thrilling journey, hummingbirds blossoming new love, and a sly fox spreading gifts of love among the denizens of a wintry forest.
The Tree of Life Awakenings projection show takes place nightly, every ten minutes after dark from 6:30 p.m. to park close.
For guests who can’t wait until Memorial Day to try something new at the theme park, another experience that has just appeared at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the Hakuna Mutata Time Dance Party. This special celebration, featuring Timon and Rafiki from Disney’s “The Lion King,” along with other Disney friends, offers park guests a wild experience to hang out with their favorite Disney characters.
The experience offers a live Caribbean-style street band that gets the party started by adding a cool calypso twist to popular Disney songs. Additionally, the party offers games as well. The experience is perfect for visitors of all ages and is held daily at the Discovery Island Stage.