Festival of the Lion King to return to Disney's Animal Kingdom

Jan 21, 2021 in "Festival of the Lion King"

Posted: Thursday January 21, 2021 3:10pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today announced that more live entertainment will return to Walt Disney World in the summer of 2021.

At Disney's Animal Kingdom, Festival of the Lion King will be presented in a modified format. There will be adjustments to the show on stage and backstage, including updates to choreography to allow for appropriate physical distancing. Seating will also be adjusted to maintain physical distancing.

This represents a big step for the resort, as the vast majority of Walt Disney World's live entertainment has been on hold despite the theme park reopening in July 2020.

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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.

disneygeek90May 14, 2021

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

CaptainAmericaMay 14, 2021

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...

wannabeBelleMay 14, 2021

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

MansionButler84May 14, 2021

They have the capability for VQs.

wannabeBelleMay 14, 2021

Lack of IT to do it?? Marie

MansionButler84May 14, 2021

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

Disney AnalystMay 14, 2021

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....

dreday3May 14, 2021

Now this will be a big help! :)