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Have I seen the last of this show?

As shows go at Walt Disney World, Festival of the Lion King is one of the best.  It’s a toss-up for me between Finding Nemo: The Musical and Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but Lion King certainly is a good show in my opinion.

As a result, I was, quite frankly, shocked when I saw the article over at Stitch Kingdom that talked about how the Festival of the Lion King is likely closing in February.  At this point I haven’t seen an official post from Disney, so I’m not taking this to the bank, but it did get me thinking a little bit.

If Lion King is closing, is it a refurbishment closing, or a full time closure?  If it is full time closing, why are they doing that?  Is this a casualty of the Avatarland news from a while ago?  Also, I thought Avatar was being cancelled, postponed, delayed, something along those lines, so is that true?

Lastly, how do you feel about this?  Is the Festival of the Lion King a must see show for you, or are you ready for something else?  If so, what do you think would fit in over there?  Let me know in the comments or on our Facebook Page!  Lastly, since I may not see the show again, I thought I would share with you some of the best of my photos from the Festival of the Lion King.  Enjoy!




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Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever. His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion! Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for six years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and . Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!

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7 Responses to “Is Festival of the Lion King closing?”

  1. It’s definitely a must see for me. There are days when I visit AK and I watch the show as much as 3 or 4 times! I did read that rumor on Stitch Kingdom but I also talked to 2 different CMs not too long ago. Both told me the show was moving to a bigger home in Africa.

  2. I want to meet the Imagineer that loves Avatar so much they want a dedicated land to it and punch that person in the mouth. Star Wars doesn’t even have a dedicated land. I’ll tolerate an Avatar attraction, but I hate the idea of replacing classic Disney characters, like those at Camp Minnie-Mickey, with this Avatar nonsense. I understand they’re trying to compete with Harry Potter… but Avatar doesn’t have near the feverish fan base of Star Wars, Harry Potter, and oh by the way, DISNEY ITSELF.

    Maybe I’m wrong, and when Avatar 2 & 3 come out, folks’ll go nuts. Maybe. But I doubt it. James Cameron is a great film-maker, but he’s no Egroeg Sacul.

    Makes sense that Lion King would be in Africa. That’s cool.

    • Wendy, I totally understand where you are coming from, I don’t get the idea of Avatar either. I have heard that they are delaying that, maybe they are reconsidering the decision…Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  3. […] Disney World is home to many wonderful shows that could play to a packed house on Broadway and every Disney fan has their favorite show and you can find information about many of the shows here on My Dreams of Disney. Personally, my favorite part of all the Disney movies and shows is the music which probably explains my passion and appreciation for Festival of the Lion King. […]