Disney Is Holding Auditions for “Festival of the Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Festival of the Lion King
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Disney Live Entertainment has been posting lots of audition opportunities for those hoping to perform for Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort, and one of the latest audition searches is for vocalists for one of the resort’s most popular shows.

Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is routinely praised as a fan-favorite live performance at the Walt Disney World Resort. The show takes the story of The Lion King (1994) and takes the classic characters and renowned music into a festive musical celebration performed daily right in the heart of Africa’s Harambe Village.

The show includes a variety of performers including singers, dancers, gymnasts, aerial performers and even a fire performer, plus puppets and character performers of our favorite animal characters from the film like Timon, Pumbaa and Simba. If you happen to be a vocalist passionate for the music of The Lion King, you will want to check out the latest Disney Live Entertainment job posting.

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The job posting is for lead vocalist positions that sing the show stopping songs in the musical and essentially host the celebration. Per the Disney Auditions website, these are the roles Disney is currently seeking for Festival of the Lion King:

Kiume: The Leader. Must have a strong and powerful presence. Resonant baritone/bass. 5’10” – 6’2″

Zawadi: The Gift. “Mother Earth” to all who know her. Gospel mezzo-soprano with high belt. 5’5″ – 5’8″

Nakawa: The Prince. Good looking and confident. Pop/R&B second tenor. 5’8″ – 5’10”

Kibibi: The Princess. Sweet and impatient. Pop/gospel second soprano with high belt to E. 5’4″ – 5’8″

Auditioning for any of the above roles is a two-step process. Candidates must submit a video of them performing online through the now through January 17, 2022 at 3:00 PM EST. If selected for an in-person callback, they will be held in New York, NY on February 9, 2022 and in Orlando, FL on February 17, 2022. Interested candidates must complete both the online and in-person audition process to be considered for the role.

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As with any Walt Disney World Resort entertainment role, please note the following fine print from Disney if you apply:

Performers employed by the Walt Disney World® Resort are covered under the terms and conditions of a collective bargaining agreement with Actors’ Equity Association.

Upon signing of Walt Disney World® Individual Employment Contract, candidates are eligible to immediately apply for membership in Actor’s Equity Association.

Disney also recently posted audition information for vocalists looking to join the Voices of Liberty in EPCOT, as well as character performers and more on

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."

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