Festival of the Lion King Opening TODAY in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Festival of the Lion King

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Since the reopening of Walt Disney World Resort last summer, many Guests have been anticipating the return of many live shows including The Festival of The Lion King show in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

We knew that the show would be reopening mid-May, but now reports are coming in that The Festival of The Lion King show will be reopening today, May 8.

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In case you aren’t aware, many entertainment offerings — including live shows, parades, and fireworks — have been suspended due to the ongoing pandemic and the safety of Guests and Cast Members. One of the shows that did not reopen with the theme parks in July is The Festival of The Lion King show.

This show includes Cast Members showcasing their talented voices singing classic The Lion King songs. Guests can see trapeze artists, stilt walkers, and dancers dressed up in amazing animal costumes as the stars of the show. It’s safe to say that experiences like these are what make Disney’s Animal Kingdom, unlike any other theme park.

Festival of the Lion King is BACK!

Recently, DisNoah’s Adventures (@disnoahadvntrs) took to Twitter to share some exciting news — That the show in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is reportedly returning today! Though the show will be modified, Guests are eager to see this incredible show once again. Noah shares:

Update: Modified Festival of the Lion King will debut today! I am so excited to see it’s return!

Disney recently shared that The Festival of The Lion King would return in mid-May, though no exact date was released. Ever since, many Disney fans have been sitting on the edge of their seats and preparing to secure a spot for the show.

This gorgeous view of the queue was shared by Merideth @mickeywafflelife on Instagram today stating,

🦁 Celebration of Festival of the Lion King is soft opening TODAY! So excited that this queue will be filled with (*socially distanced*) families once again to see this awesome show!
✨✨Celebration will be a modified version of the Festival of the Lion King that we all know and love and is set to officially reopen Later this month!

#animalkingdom #disneyparks #lionking #festivalofthelionking #travelagent #disneytravelagent #disneytravel #disneyanimalkingdom

Another Disney fan and Twitter user AshleyInDisneyWorld (@DisneyLife91) shared the same news with her followers today:

Celebration of the festival of the lion king set to debut today! #wdw #disneyparks #disney

Could this be a soft opening?

Leanne Marquez better known as @Poohmbie on Twitter shared a live stream inside The Festival of the Lion King show. The video looks as if this modified show is a soft opening and was offered to Disney Guests. Leanne writes,

The Festival of The Lion King Live from Animal Kingdom https://youtu.be/wgVUJfRNkpI via
@YouTube

Twitter and Disney fan Yali or @Yalipop shared the news that she is currently inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom and is overjoyed that she is experiencing the first-ever showing of The Festival of the Lion King! Yali shares,

DIS TWITTER FAM!!! HI HELLO IM AT THE FIRST SHOWING OF FESTIVAL OF THE LION KING AT ANIMAL KINGDOM!!!

Festival of the Lion King show times

Right now on the My Disney Experience app and Walt Disney World website, Disney has officially announced showtimes. You can finally enjoy this newly modified show today at 5 pm,  6 pm, and 7 pm on May 8th. On May 9 and 10, you can sing the Circle of Life song with your favorite Lion King characters at 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm.

Guests can now add times for A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King on the My Disney Experience App and keep in mind that seating is limited and not guaranteed with your Epcot theme park admission.

Festival of Lion King
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The Disney World website states,

“A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King” will be presented in a modified format to be mindful of the current environment. Adjustments to the show have been made onstage and backstage, including updates to choreography and temporarily pausing some show elements to allow for appropriate physical distancing.

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Are you heading to Animal Kingdom soon and anticipating The Festival of the Lion King? Let us know in the comments below! 

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