New all inclusive nighttime event will welcome back Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom


The acclaimed show Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been closed for a few months. The closure was to make room for the all new Pandora which is scheduled to open in the next few years. Lion King is scheduled to return to Animal Kingdom in June, and to celebrate, Disney will unveil an all new- all inclusive nighttime festival. The new festival is just the beginning of what appears to be a new energy at Disney parks.


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The all new Harambe Nights will be an all new nighttime event,  and the first of it’s kind at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Harambe Nights will kick off Saturdays beginning June 7th,  and will continue through August 9th. The event will include a performance of The Lion King: Concert in the Wild, which boasts a live orchestra and celebrity narrators.
Each event night guests will be able to enjoy Animal Kingdom at night, see the show with a celebrity guest and enjoy the tastes of Africa.
Here’s the celebrity narrator line up:

Viola Davis – June 7, 2014
TBD – June 14, 2014
Montego Glover – June 21, 2014
David Alan Grier – June 28, 2014
Michael Beach – July 5, 2014
Harry Lennix – July 12, 2014
Joe Morton – July 19, 2014
Alfre Woodard – July 26, 2014
Brian Stokes Mitchell – August 2, 2014
Patina Miller – August 9, 2014

The fun doesn’t stop with The Lion King performance,  afterwards guests will be able to party in the streets of Animal Kingdom with the Harambe Nights Street Party.
Live music, mouthwatering food and a selection of African beers and wines will available to sample. Guests will be able to meet signature Disney artists, and interact with special Disney characters who are showing off their wild side.
Harambe Nights is not included with theme park admission,  and admission starts at $119 dollars per person. While that sounds like a lot, keep in mind this includes food and beverages as well. On top of all that the new festival will give guests the chance to buy all new merchandise exclusive to the event.
For tickets to Harambe Nights, visit the official website by clicking here!

If you are just excited to get a look at the all new Festival of The Lion King in it’s new home, guests can check out the show beginning in June.


Disney has released all new concept art of the theater, which will open in the Africa section of the park. No specific date has been announced as of yet.

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For more information about Harambe Nights and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including tickets, visit the official website by clicking here!