See a 12-foot tall lion on your Florida vacation

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"Festival of the Lion King" ©The Walt Disney Company

"Festival of the Lion King" ©The Walt Disney Company

Disney Vacation Guide: Hakuna Matata

You’re sure to reach a state of Hakuna Matata on your Florida vacation, especially if you check out the amazing show, Festival of the Lion King in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase. Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passin’ craze. (Dare you not to sing along!) It means no worries for the rest of your days….

After you’ve heard that song once, you’ll never forget the lyrics, and you’ll never forget where you heard it.

If you’re a fan of the Lion King, you must make it point to see Festival of the Lion King in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It’s a great way to beat the heat, as it takes place in an air-conditioned theater.

Rafiki, Pumbaa, Timon and Zazu are among the characters who join a band of “African tribal performers” and light up the stage in the retelling of the story of a lion cub longing to be king. Exquisite costumes, colorful sets, soulful singing, skillful puppetry and elaborate gymnastics dazzle fans of all ages. This Broadway-style show’s high-energy performances and audience participation will leave you mesmerized and humming Hakuna Matata long after the show ends.

Disney Tip

If you want to avoid long lineups for this 30-minute show, we suggest that you try to catch the first or last showing of the day.

More Information:

  • Highlight: A 12-foot lion!
  • When: All year round.
  • Where: Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  • Cost: Free with admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

When you attend a musical performance like this where audience participation is encouraged, do you take part? Would you agree that an interactive show like this will allow you to bring home a special memory from your Florida vacation?