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Festival of The Lion King Returns to Animal Kingdom in June

Disney has announced that Festival of The Lion King will return to Animal Kingdom in it’s brand new theatre in June.  The previous show was put on hiatus January 5th and I am excited to see it returning to Africa in the newly built Harambe Theatre.

First look of the new Harmbe Theatre in Africa Section of Animal Kingdom

First look of the new Harmbe Theatre in Africa Section of Animal Kingdom

This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Lion King and to celebrate, Disney will be hosting a summer event called Harambe Nights.  This even will be Animal Kingdom’s first ever ticketed special event.  Harambe Nights will run each Saturday night June 7 through August 9.

This special event will include a reception in the park’s Harambe Village.  There will be food and African-inspired wine and beer.  Guest will then see “The Lion King – Concert in the Wild”, a new 55-minute theatrical show held during the 10 days of Harambe Nights.  The show will be narrated by celebrity guests and it will tell the coming of age tale of Simba.

After the show, guest will then take part in a Harambe Nights Street party.  There will be music, characters and live performers.  The party will also include an all-inclusive buffet of African cuisine and I’m sure some wonderful desserts.  Exclusive Lion King merchansdise will also be available for purchase at this event.

Harambe Nights tickets are $119 for adults and $79 for children 3 to 9 years of age.  Guests can also book premium floor seating for $134 for adults and $94 for children.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting Harambe Nights or calling 407-939-1319.

Harambe Nights celebrity guests (subject to change):

June 7 – Viola Davis: “The Help” and “Ender’s Game”

June 14 – TBD

June 21 – Montego Glover: “The Following” and “Memphis”

June 28 – David Alan Grier: “Porgy and Bess” and “In Living Color”

July 5 – Michael Beach: “ER”, “Third Watch” and “Sons of Anarchy”

July 12 – Harry Lennix: “The Blacklist” and “The Five Heartbeats”

July 19 – Joe Morton: “Scandal”, “American Gangster” and “The Good Wife”

July 26 – Alfre Woodard: “Desperate Housewives” and “Miss Evers Boys”

Aug. 2 – Patina Miller: “Pippin”, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”

Aug. 9 – Brian Stokes Mitchell: “Ragtime”, Trapper John, M.D.” and “Glee”



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