Memory 048 – Festival of the Lion King

Come and join us for another installment of the WDW-Memories podcast, where I try to make it possible for you relive your Walt Disney World Memories when you can’t actually be there.

I’m not sure about you, but it’s hot here. We’re in the midst of a record heatwave, something that reminds me a lot of Walt Disney World, and in my opinion the hottest of the parks, Disney’s Animal Kingdom. However, thanks to modern technology, our memory today can be enjoyed from the comfort of a highly air-conditioned room, sipping your favorite cool beverage. What’s worse (and thankfully I never experienced this) our memory today is of a show that used to be in an outdoor arena in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I’m speaking of course of Festival of the Lion King.

Our request today is still from a ways back (we’re catching up though) and was sent in by Kyle. He wrote:

“…I would love to request Festival of the Lion King … I guess the reason is that I love the lion king and seeing all of the songs performed in a huge show is just fantastic!… And the tumble monkeys haha”

Of course I tossed the topic out to Facebook and Twitter again and got the following responses. Chelsea said “she’s never been” and Dan said:

“No no please no….sorry to be so blunt”

Sorry Dan, but Kyle asked, and personally I like it. Purely from a talent stand point, there are some phenomenal singers in this show, and depending on the day, you can get a great show, or just a so so one.

This memory, I think is somewhere in the middle however. It’s Christmastime in 2001, the parks are pretty quiet (September 11 was just 3 months prior) and we actualy arrive just as the show is about to start. We’ll actually jump strait in. My Dad, brother, sister, and I are seated in the Warthog section, just about where the bleachers reach the floor. The music starts, the singers emerge, and our show begins.

Published by WDW-Memories Lou

Lou the host of the WDW-Memories podcast and the owner of WDW-Memories is a podcast and blog, where fans of the Disney Parks can come and relive their Disney memories.

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