Festival of the Lion King is one of the most popular shows at the Walt Disney World Resort, often filling up for the majority of its performances that take place throughout the day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. The show offers Broadway-like renditions of hit musical numbers from the 1994 Disney animated film with talented singers, dancers, and favorite characters celebrating the story of The Lion King.
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For fans of the show, the only downside to this attraction currently has been that Festival of the Lion King is one of the only main attractions at Walt Disney World still running in a modified form, with some sections of the show still missing. “A Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King,” as the show is currently called, is most known for missing the “Tumble Monkeys” sequence, which is perhaps the most beloved section of the performance.
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Earlier this year, Disney did announce that the Tumble Monkeys would be returning to Festival of the Lion King this summer, but no specifics beyond that had been confirmed. This morning, showtimes were reduced on Disney’s official website for dates beginning the week of June 26, 2022, and now a couple of hours later, showtimes for that date and beyond have been removed entirely.
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What exactly does this mean? Hopefully, it means that this so far mysterious date is actually when the Tumble Monkeys and the entirety of the original show will make its return to Harambe Village in Animal Kingdom. Disney has not confirmed any new details or commented on the showtime change, but it seems like a possibility that the times would change to accommodate the show’s running time once those missing sequences return.
For now, we will continue to monitor updates on Festival of the Lion King, and be back with any updates on this favorite Disney’s Animal Kingdom show as we have them.