New ‘The Lion King’ Dooney & Bourke Collection Coming to Walt Disney World

Shannen Ace

New ‘The Lion King’ Dooney & Bourke Collection Coming to Walt Disney World

A new collection of Dooney & Bourke bags inspired by “The Lion King” will be available at Walt Disney World on Monday, June 19. A preview of the collection is on display in Uptown Jewelers, where the bags will be available for purchase.

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A tote, crossbody, and drawstring bag were on display.

The Lion King Tote – $328

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They all feature the same pattern, which seems to be inspired by the “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and “Hakuna Matata” scenes.

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Simba, Nala, Zazu, Timon, and Pumbaa are all featured in the pattern, surrounded by colorful leaves, dynamic shapes, Pride Rock, and a few other African animals.

The Lion King Crossbody – $248

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The bags have dark red handles and straps.

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The Lion King Drawstring Bag – $318

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‘The Lion King’ Saga

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Walt Disney Pictures President Sean Bailey recently suggested “The Lion King” could become an epic saga, comparing it to “Star Wars.”

The first iteration of Disney’s “The Lion King,” animated and starring Johnathan Taylor Thomas voice-acting for Simba, was released in 1994 and was a box office success. It became one of Disney’s most iconic and beloved animated films. The “live-action” version, which looked more realistic but only featured CGI (computer-generated imagery) animal visuals, was created by Mandalorian lead and “Elf” star Jon Favreau in 2019, which saw an even greater return at the box office.

Now, a CGI prequel entitled “Mufasa: The Lion King,” is in development under direction from Barry Jenkins. The story will follow Mufasa’s life as a cub and explore the origins behind his poor relationship with brother Scar. “Mufasa: The Lion King,” is currently scheduled for a summer 2024 release.

Jenkins’ first feature film was” Medicine for Melancholy,” for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Feature. Jenkins also directed and co-wrote the independent drama “Moonlight,” which won several accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Picture. Jenkins also received an Oscar nomination for Best Director and won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay alongside Tarell Alvin McCraney.

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This will not be the first time Disney has tried to capitalize on the success of “The Lion King.” After the initial animated feature in 1994, Disney created and released two more additions to the franchise. Both “The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride” in 1998 and “The Lion King 1½” in 2004 were direct-to-video and did not see the same success as the original. There were also two television series briefly in production entitled “Timon and Pumbaa” and “The Lion Guard.”

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