Could Disney’s Festival of the Lion King’s Full Show Be Returning? Signs Point To YES!

Blue Bird in Festival of the Lion King
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Ok, Disney fans! We can’t help but get excited about this one! With Walt Disney World Resort’s popular stage show, “A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom welcoming Guests once again, you may have noticed certain pieces of the performance are missing. But, could the full show be returning once again? Signs point to YES!

A Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King
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We welcomed “A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King” back in mid-May 2021. While we were thrilled to see several performers return to the show, it was very noticeable that highlights of the show were missing. The tumble monkeys have yet to return, and the incredible flying blue bird now just dances around but no longer takes flights. It’s still a great Disney experience, but it’s lacking that extra wow factor.

Now, we’re seeing Disney Careers has listed a new Disney Park audition as they are currently seeking “Dancers Who Are Local To Central Florida For Celebration of Festival of the Lion King.” The audition online submission request reads:

“Disney Live Entertainment is accepting Online Submissions from Dancers to portray Male and Female roles for Celebration of Festival of the Lion King, an African-inspired celebration of the music from the feature film; an original musical theatre production performed live in the state of the art, indoor, 1500 seat theatre-in-the-round in Disney’s Animal Kingdom®, performed live at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, FL.”

Blue Ballet at Disney's Festival of the Lion King
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Specifically, Disney is seeking “Maji”, a “Female identifying dancer 5’1″ to 5’4″ with excellent ballet technique, strong partnering skills, and the ability to perform at heights. This character may perform an aerial routine that involves flying in the air. Due to aerial equipment safety protocol, this role must maintain a weight of 110 lbs. or lower and must be within the 5’1-5’4 height bracket”

Did you catch that… “AERIAL ROUTINE”? It sounds like we may once again see the stunning performers take flight around the stage. The equipment still hangs from the Harambe theater’s ceiling, just waiting to once again wow Disney Guests.

Along with “Maji”, Disney is also seeking, “Moto”, a “Male identifying dancer 5’10” and above, with excellent ballet technique, lift/partnering skills, and strong athletic build.”

A Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King
Credit: Disney

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Is anyone else extremely eager to see the return of the aerial routine during Disney’s “A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King”? Next… we’re ready to see some tumble monkey auditions for the Lion King show! In the meantime, “Hakuna Matata”, Disney fans.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, and weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.

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