Celebrate 30 Years of the Lion King at Walt Disney World for a Limited Time

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The Walt Disney World Resort has kicked off a special celebration for the 30th anniversary of “The Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. From now until September 6, fans of the iconic animated film can enjoy a variety of character greetings, themed food and drinks, unique merchandise, and other exclusive surprises that only Disney can offer.

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One of the highlights of this celebration is the opportunity for guests to meet Timon and Rafiki at Conservation Station in Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Accessible via the train near the exit of Kilimanjaro Safaris, this area is also where guests can try their hand at drawing other favorite characters from “The Lion King” at the Animation Experience. Guests can check out The My Disney Experience app for up to date meet-and-greet times.

The celebration also features a range of limited-time treats inspired by “The Lion King.” Guests can indulge in the Simba Paw Cookie, available at outdoor food carts, or try the You Follow Old Rafiki Cheesecake, a delectable blend of passion fruit mango cheesecake with a coconut-lime crust.


For a refreshing treat, Rafiki’s Squash Banana Shake, available at Tiffins Restaurant, is a must-try, along with the Remember Who You Are dessert—a delightful Kenyan coffee mousse with caramelized bananas and chai chantilly.

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For those looking to commemorate the anniversary with some special merchandise, there’s plenty to choose from. The new collection includes a stunning adult sweatshirt with Simba silhouetted against the setting sun, a blue and white tie-dye youth zip hoodie, and a colorful “Hakuna Matata” ear headband. These items and more can be found at Island Mercantile in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Enhancing the experience at “The Festival of the Lion King” show is the MagicBand+, which adds dancing lights and haptic vibrations during key moments of the performance. Guests are invited to join the celebration and make unforgettable memories with “The Lion King” at Walt Disney World!

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