Disneyland News: “Tale of the Lion King,” “Celebrate Soulfully,” New Characters, Locals Discount

The return of Disneyland’s nighttime spectaculars “World of Color” and “Fantasmic!” are just the beginning of a slate of new and returning entertainment options at the Anaheim resort.
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The Fantasyland Theater now hosts a new staging of “Tale of the Lion King,” a live musical storytelling show which first appeared at Disney California Adventure in 2019. The show runs 24 minutes and features new arrangements of songs from the film, including “Circle of Life,” “Hakuna Matata,” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”

“The show is back and bigger than ever,” says Disneyland Resort Spokesperson Juan Aldava. “We’ve taken the story of the Lion King and adapted it to this storytelling perspective. The show comes to life all around you. There are things flying over your head, drums, dancers, authentic costumes–it’s incredibly immersive.” The run has no announced end date, but visit now through July 4 to take part in a coloring craft activity before each performance.

Themed snacks, drinks, and merchandise accompany the show. Stop by The Troubadour Tavern, located the near the Fantasyland Theater, to try berbere-spiced popcorn, a baked Malawian curry sweet potato with chicken, salted plantain chips, a tropical Pride Rock Punch, and Hakuna Matata Sweets (a variety of cookies topped with animal-print white chocolate).

Check disneyland.com for showtimes.



“Tale of the Lion King” is part of Disneyland Resort’s “Celebrate Soulfully” programming. Through June, guests can celebrate Black Music Month with live Motown and doo-wop performances at Disney California Adventure as well as “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” in the Downtown Disney District. The latter is a free traveling exhibit housed in the former ESPN Zone through July 4 exploring the history of American jazz music and its connection to Disney.



Bounty hunter Boba Fett and mercenary Fennec Shand, stars of the Disney+ series “The Book of Boba Fett,” are now appearing at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Disney announced that Din Djarin, aka the Mandalorian, and Grogu will also appear in the park at a later date.



Disneyland Resort announced a new limited-time ticket offer for California residents. The three-day, one-park-per-day tickets start at $249 for admission ($83 per person per day). Tickets can be redeemed on any three eligible days from June 13 through September 15, subject to park reservation availability. Go to disneyland.com to buy tickets or make reservations.

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