VIDEO: First Look Inside Harambe Theatre, New Home For Festival of the Lion King

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The cast of Festival of the Lion King recently got a look inside the new Harambe Theatre in Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which will be home to their show come June:

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  • I passed up watching this show for years because I really didn’t know what it was. I always just did the big rides (Kilimanjaro Safari, Expedition Everest, Dinosaurs, and Kali River Rapids when it was HOT).

    One day I really was a taking a good look at AKP’s map and saw so much to do that I never did before so I decided to spend the entire day at Animal Kingdom park and really explore it. To my amazement it is now one of my favorite parks. There are performances throughout the day, for example, Divine (a stilt performer slowly moves in a fluid poetic dance all covered in grape vines), I was amazed and it seemed almost tranquil. There is even a dance troop, acrobats, and drum performances throughout the park in various corners. I honestly cannot believe I passed up Finding Nemo the Musical and Festival of the Link King for so many years – these two performances are awesome and so worth attending. You really have to explore the Discovery Island trails around the Tree of Life and the Oasis at the beginning of the park. Also both the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and Maharajah Jungle Trek are full of architecture, birds, gorillas, and tigers playing, feeding, and sunning. You really have to see the Flights of Wonder for the amazing colorful exotic birds flying around you as well as take a walk on the wild side into the Bat House exhibit. Also you have to catch the fun of It’s Tough to Be a Bug 3D show. Before or after you ride Dinosaur you have to check out the other two rides near by, TriceraTop Spin and the exhilarating Primeval Whirl. If you have kids, the Boneyard is a ton of fun to explore, dig, and run around. You will meet a lot of characters that show up all throughout the park (check the schedule) because you will see exclusive characters here. Oh, yay,Don’t forget to eat – AKP has some great restaurants large and small for any size appetite. I found some really incredible eats here that are native to African and Asian continents. My favorite and one of the popular eateries to find some of these feasts can be found at Yak & Yeti but make sure you make a reservation.

    Check it out before it disappears forever, the Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade!

    Now I can’t wait for the new Avatarland, Harambe Nights, and the opening of the new home of the Festival of the Lion King! And don’t forget to explore every corner of Animal Kingdom Park because it is really worth it.

  • The new theatre looks awesome! My only complaint is that they kept those uncomfortable bench seats! I was really hoping that with a new theatre they would make it a little more comfortable.

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