More performances of 'A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King' to begin soon at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Jul 22, 2021 in "Festival of the Lion King"

Posted: Thursday July 22, 2021 5:22pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney's Animal Kingdom will be adding more daily performances of 'A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King' later this month.

Beginning July 31 2021, performances will expand from six per day to eight per day.

The first show will begin an hour earlier, at 9:30am, with a shorter midday break to accommodate another show.

The full schedule from July 31 2021 will be: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm.

The show is still the modified version, which does not include the tumble monkies and aerial acts.

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mm52200Aug 22, 2021

I wouldn’t expect anything to change until union negotiations with vaccine mandates are complete.

Nick_AAug 22, 2021

I unfortunately expect that date will be pushed back, because if they were switching back mid-September you’d be hearing about rehearsals by now.

Magic FeatherAug 22, 2021

I was told that mid-sept was a target to get the show back to normal, but that was admittedly pre-Delta (I also expected B&tB to come back without COVID reblocking, and we saw how that went).

drew81Aug 21, 2021

I think they’ll quietly not bring them back and run with the current show for as long as they can.

RSoxNo1Aug 21, 2021

Usually you can go in 15-20 minutes before hand without issue. On lower crowd days you can cut it even tighter. Any update on when the tumble monkeys are coming back?

jinx8402Aug 20, 2021

Depends on when you go and how the crowds are that day. AK is very dead today. We showed up 15 mins before the show and went right in and about half the auditorium was empty when the show started

arich35Aug 20, 2021

Is this just a line up an hour before show time thing? What seems to be the best practice to make sure you get in for a given showtime

JohnDJul 22, 2021

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

MorphinePrinceJul 22, 2021

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

wdwmagicJul 22, 2021

No word on that at all yet

wdwmagicJul 22, 2021

July 31

mfortisJul 22, 2021

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

iowamomof4Jul 22, 2021

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

T.S.Jul 22, 2021

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