'A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King' to open May 2021 at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Apr 19, 2021 in "Festival of the Lion King"

Posted: Monday April 19, 2021 12:10pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle has today announced that 'A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King' will open in mid-May 2021 at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Disney announced back in January that live entertainment will resume at Walt Disney World this summer starting with 'A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King.'

Although we don't yet have a specific start date, the mid-May timeframe continues to support Disney's move to increasing capacity at Walt Disney World theme parks for the summer season.

Jeff posted pictures inside the theater where preparations are underway for the return of the show. As you can see from his photos above, rehearsals are underway, and Cast Members are training to operate the theater under COVID-19 restrictions. As we have seen elsewhere, expect to see significantly reduced capacity, along with physical distancing between rows and groups.

The show itself will also see some modifications to assist with performer safety and will be reduced in length.

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JohnD1 day ago

Baby steps. May not happen by 50th but full show is slowly on the way back.

MorphinePrince1 day ago

It's been performing without the monkeys since it re-opened

wdwmagic1 day ago

No word on that at all yet

wdwmagic1 day ago

July 31

mfortis1 day ago

If it comes back without the monkeys, then they might as well just keep the lights off.

iowamomof41 day ago

At first you say July 31, then you say August 31. Which one is it?

T.S.1 day ago

Any hints as to when the full show might return, rather than this abbreviated version?

crazy4disneyMay 14, 2021

Thanks got the reply... with that being said. Can we be hopeful that something similar is on the short term horizon (2021) that we will still be able to obtain free “fastpasses” or whatever they may call it in the future?

havoc315May 14, 2021

Very safe. The FP digital architecture was transformed into the park pass system. A major re-design would be necessary in order to have both FP and park pass. Given the long standing rumors that the FP+ system has been a failure for Disney, not much use in going through a re-design just to bring back the old system. There have been more recent rumors of Disney "Genie" -- which could potentially include some sort of line management. Or they could go with a whole new FP system, even keeping the "Fastpass" name, but really be a totally different system. Either way, I wouldn't expect to see the "old FP+ system" just turned back on, any time soon.

crazy4disneyMay 14, 2021

With that being said.... is it safe to say FP is not coming back anytime soon/ever?

MansionButler84May 14, 2021

Not if they also want park reservations! Disney IT canNOT walk and chew gum at the same time.

CaptainAmericaMay 14, 2021

orky8May 14, 2021

Seems like it would make things go faster, able to pass people in line, so that's a plus.