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

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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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crazy4disney1 day ago

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?

havoc3151 day ago

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.

crazy4disney1 day ago

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

MansionButler841 day ago

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

CaptainAmerica1 day ago

orky81 day ago

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

disneygeek901 day ago

Maybe resort guests get priority choice... that would give some incentive to staying on property...

CaptainAmerica1 day ago

I wonder if they could come up with some kind of system that let people pick a few attractions that they really wanted to experience in a day... maybe three or so... and they could reserve them in advance from their phone or their computer. And this could help Disney predict crowds and staffing... hm...

wannabeBelle1 day ago

Then they really should as you are saying. It makes all the sense in the world and everyone wins on that. I'd happily sign up for a virtual queue, then go have lunch, do some other attractions while I wait, etc. Marie

MansionButler841 day ago

They have the capability for VQs.

wannabeBelle1 day ago

Lack of IT to do it?? Marie

MansionButler841 day ago

Yeah. Not sure why they aren’t doing this.

Disney Analyst1 day ago

Truly, it would make the most sense. Can easily plan out capacity that way, and people aren't standing around for hours not spending money or enjoying the park....

dreday31 day ago

Now this will be a big help! :)