I think that Simba stated it best when he sang “I just can’t wait to be king”! The Lion King has reigned at Disney’s Animal Kingdom since Day 1. The “Festival of the Lion King” debuted in 1998 and is, to this day, one of the highest-rated shows at Walt Disney World Resort. Believe it or not, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the original animated movie. To celebrate this important milestone, Disney’s Animal Kingdom has many different ways that you get in on the celebration.
Hakuna Matata Time
Hakuna Matata – it’s a wonderful phrase that means no worries for the rest of your days! Doesn’t this sound wonderful? I’m sure everyone could use some of this in their lives! Now, every day you can celebrate with the Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party on Discovery Island. This wild celebration allows young adventurers to let out their inner meercat, warthog, or any other animal they choose on the dance floor! The party hosts captivate everyone with entertaining “The Lion King”-inspired dances and games.
You can’t have a dance party without music, right? Both a group of musicians as well as a DJ get the party started. They provide the perfect soundtrack for the Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party. The soundtrack features animal-inspired popular songs and tunes from “The Lion King” all of which are performed in a World Beat style.
Hakuna Matata would not be the same without an appearance by at least Timon or Pumba. Luckily, Timon is on hand to show us all how to live the best “Hakuna Matata” life. Rafiki as well as Baloo, Kida, Meeko, and Turk also stop by the Hakuna Mata Dance Party as well!
Photo Ops And More!
Make sure that you don’t miss the fun photo spots that are themed after “The Lion King”! There is even a three-dimensional scene that is a replica of the film – you will think that it leapt right out of the film right in front of you.
Starting this summer, the Tree of Life will awaken to a new story in the evenings. We will see moments from Simba’s journey depicted in a beautiful artistic style set to music inspired by “The Lion King” score.
This celebration will only be around until September 30, 2019. Now more than ever is a great time to plan your next trip! What are you most excited to see during this celebration? Let me know in the comments.
Source: Disney Parks Blog
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