Disney Performer Nearly Catches Stage On Fire After Mishap

in Walt Disney World

festival of the lion king stage show

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A performer at a popular Walt Disney World Resort entertainment show nearly caught a stage on fire at a recent production.

Disney World is home to many world-class attractions and entertainment shows that can be found at four different theme parks in the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom
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From Beauty and the Beast Live On Stage to Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to nighttime spectaculars like Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom and Harmonious at EPCOT, there is plenty to experience while visiting Disney World.

One of the most popular Disney Park shows to enjoy at Walt Disney World Resort is located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the Festival of the Lion King. 

festival of the lion king
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At a recent performance of the show, however, a Disney Cast Member nearly caught the stage on fire.

User @LoveDisneyThings shared the video on TikTok.

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@lovedisneythings

When you have one job to do….. #taleofthelionking #animalkingdom #fire #firespinner #ohnonono #wdw #distok

♬ Oh No – Kreepa

As you can see in the video, the performer accidentally loses control of their fire mechanism and it is flung onto the stage. They do an excellent job of recovering and picking it back up before anything happened.

Disney’s official description of Festival of the Lion King reads:

The Circle of Life – Live on Stage

Join the inhabitants of the Pride Lands for a grand gala in honor of Simba, the lion cub who would be king.As the lights dim, hear the sounds of the African savanna. A kinetic kaleidoscope of color floods the stage as colossal puppets, extravagantly costumed dancers, and incredible stilt walkers dazzle the senses.During spectacular theatrics, you’ll relive all the classic songs from The Lion King, including “Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” The spectacular finale includes a soaring rendition of “Circle of Life.”It’s a moving and immersive theatrical experience celebrating music that has touched generations of Disney fans—and a festival you’ll want to be part of again and again!

festival of the lion king
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Know Before You Go

  • 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.
  •  Seating will be limited for the show and is not guaranteed with park admission. Guests should check My Disney Experience app, in-park tip boards or speak with a Cast Member at Harambe Theatre for queue information and show availability, which is subject to change.

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