A modified ‘Festival of the Lion King’ show returns Summer 2021

Walt Disney World is bringing back a modified version of its popular Festival of the Lion King show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The show will use adjusted choreography, positioning and seating to ensure proper physical distancing.

Disney’s release mentions that the fire knife performance and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” “Be Prepared,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” and “Circle of Life” will all return.

From Disney’s announcement:

“When it returns, “Festival of the Lion King” will be presented in a modified format to be mindful of the current environment. There will be adjustments to the show on stage and backstage, including updates to choreography to allow for appropriate physical distancing. We’ll also adjust how the audience is seated, in line with other theater-based experiences at Walt Disney World Resort.”

It’s great to see this beloved show returning to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Festival of the Lion King is a favorite and the performers involved are an extremely talented group. We consider it a must-see for guests making their first trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Look for a reopening date to be announced in the near future.


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