Review: Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
By Dave Shute
Until January 2014 it played in Camp Minnie Mickey, but the space there has been devoted to what now seems to be named “Pandora: The Land of Avatar.”
A new performance space was built for it in to the left of Tusker House in Africa, and it reopened there in the beginning of June 2014.
I had a chance to see it in mid-June, and here’s the story: the new building is cool, and what happens inside the building is, so far as I can tell, identical to the old show–which is great, as that was a wonderful show. So is the new one.
Once you are inside, though, everything is pretty much identical to the old show. The show is hosted by a traveling group of African singers, who then introduce, and take part in, all kinds of singing, dancing, and acrobatics.
Above is the review from our book.
The show is inspired by the Lion King, but is not a retelling–rather it energetically entertains to the movie’s themes, and with many of its characters and snippets–and sometimes more–of many of its songs.