Festival of the Lion King, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in the Walt Disney World Resort – Episode 18

This week we watch Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on Travel with Rick with your host, Rick Howard

Hope you enjoy this week’s video, be sure to leave a commment!

Rick Howard

28 comments on “Festival of the Lion King, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in the Walt Disney World Resort – Episode 18”

  1. Lori Blessner says:

    Thanks for bringing us the Lion King show from the parks, I’m jealous! We have not seen the Lion King and have missed some great talents, wow are they great. Need to make time for the show next time. As for a favorite, it’s gonna be Lion King.


  2. Linda Miller says:

    Thanks for the great video! We have not been to the Lion King yet and it was great to see what we have been missing. We will definitely make time to see it on our next visit.

    No favorite at this point–I have enjoyed all of the ones I have seen.

    Linda Miller


  3. Debbie Bolen says:

    Thank you SO much for showing the Lion King Festival! It is awesome and a must see for everyone. I haven’t see it for awhile – so it was a special treat this morning.

    My favorite show of all time is Tarzan, which is no longer there – 2nd runner up is the Lion King……There are several shows now that I haven’t seen, so next trip will be catching up on all of them.

    I loved the show from WDW – defintely do that again……really adds to the show. Lighting was a little dark to see you, but it was cool just the same. And having Spaceship Earth behind you was incredible

    Keep up the good work – I love it!


  4. Jeff Zaret says:

    Rick, Thanks for the video. I found myself dancing at my office as the music played. Lion King is one of my top favorite shows however my favorite would have to be the Finding Nemo show. As far as old shows loved the old Lion king puppet show that used to be in Fantasy land.

    Who am I kidding anything Disney is great.

    Thanks again for keeping the magic alive.



  5. Colleen Anastasi says:

    Gee Rick, couldn’t even tell you were in WDW!

    Favorite show………..you just showed it!! I go see it every year….and also record it every year! I always (quietly!) sing along with it.

    Keep the videos coming!!


  6. Laurie Holden says:

    Thank you so much for the video! Lion King IS my favorite show at wdw!! I just love it!!!! There’s so much going on. The characters, the acrobatics, and the music! Amazing!!!


  7. Thelma Huss says:

    The performers are outstanding. Disney attracts the best people.
    My favorite can’t miss place was the old Tiki Room, now it is Country Bear Jamboree.


  8. Penny Serrato says:

    Hey were you at WDW?!!! LOL I loved the video lot’s of fun. Since we did not get to see any shows on our last (first) trip to WDW I don’t have a favorite. Our next trip in Dec we have a list of the shows we are planning on seeing, this is on the list for sure…Thanks again



  9. Adding that show to my must-do list! As to your question, I don’t remember many shows back in 1992 but I did enjoy the Blues Brothers at the then MGM Studios.


  10. Barry says:

    Hey Rick – loved it! Yes, you were really brightly backlit so I could barely see your face, but other than that I would HIGHLY encourage you to do your show from different places at the WDW each week. Not just the parks, but highlight some of the resorts people may not have seen. Poolside at Pop Century, under the giant Mickey Phone? That sort of thing 😉

    Will WDW let you shoot something like your show inside the park? I think it’d be fun to see you do a show near the front of the queue at The Haunted Mansion, near the pet cemetery and the mausoleum 😉

    Anyway, my favorite show of all time is Fantasmic but it’s almost in a category by itself so right now my favorite is likely Finding Nemo: The Musical – I just bought and downloaded the soundtrack from the Amazon. Festival of the Lion King is a very, very close second…


  11. Pati McElroy says:

    My favorite is Beauty and the Beast at Disney Hollywood Studios. But I also really liked Tarzan…but that’s not there anymore at the Animal Kingdom. 🙁


  12. Janet Gill says:

    Rick another awesome video. I love that you were at the Boardwalk filming! How cool is that to see the Epcot Spaceship Earth right behind you. Lion King is a fantastic show, the monkeys are my favorite. My favorite show right now is Finding Nemo at AK, but Beauty and the Beast at HS is a close second. I think it would be great to film in different spots, almost like where’s waldo.

    Thanks again!


  13. Kris Koelzer says:

    I loved the broadcast live from Walt Disney World. It was neat seeing the view of Spaceship Earth from your room. We haven’t seen many shows at Walt Disney World yet so I don’t really have a favorite. We saw the Tarzan Show before it was replaced but I think that might have been the only one. We plan to see The Festival of the Lion King in August and maybe we’ll check out a few others.


  14. Barbara Thompson says:

    Thanks Rick for an awesome video. The Loin King show if our favorite. We see it ever time we go. We haven’t seen any other one. My teenagers don’t like the shows. When my husband and go in June we’re going to get to enjoy all the shows and parades. The kids think their to big for that stuff.


  15. John Mayzum says:

    Thanks for doing the Lion King. As I twitted I haven’t seen that in a long time, it is not one of my wife’s favorites. These weekly blogs give me some of my Disney fix. In about 3 weeks I will get to see it in person.
    I think you should go WDW every week and do your show from there. I am trying to give you a reason to go every week. My favorite show currently is Lights Motors Action in DHS.


  16. Marc says:

    Hi Rick,
    Another great show, and I just love the background that you built. How long did that take you? Just kidding. Anyway, I am not really sure if this qualifies as a show, but as I have said before on twitter, I have to pick The enchanted Tiki room. I just love that show, even though they re-did it. None the less, it’s still a great show.

    Keep up the great work.

    Marc aka disneymaniac on twitter


  17. Carly Cundiff says:

    Hi Rick!!!

    Another FANTASTIC video! I loved the show both live and on your website. You’re a pretty good camera man, too!

    My favorite show is DEFINATELY the Finding Nemo show at Hollywood Studios. I just love all of the colors and costumes, and those giant jellyfish!

    Again, thanks for the great video. I know that when your video is up, another seven days have been taken off of our “Disney Countdown”!

    P.S. Will you be in Disney anytime around August 15-21?


  18. Jeanne Cundiff says:

    Hi Rick! What a great View! I just love this video today!!! I think this and the Nemo Show at Animal Kingdom are tied for me. I’m excited to see The Voyage of the Little Mermaid in August though. I hope you had a great time at WDW. Can’t wait to see what you show next time.


  19. Terri Gonzo says:

    I loved the video again!! Cool concept doing the show at the hotel.

    My favorite show of all time is Wishes Fireworks show at Magic Kingdom 🙂


  20. Tim Roe says:

    Hi Rick, I like this weeks show it was great. The lion king show is a very good show I’d like to see some more from the parks. My favort park is Magic Kingdom can you do more shows from that park? Keep showing us the videos we love them. Tim


  21. Brad S says:

    Hi Rick, thanks for posting this. We saw the Lion King when we were at WDW
    in September and it was so great. This is one of the best show’s at any of the parks. Will definitely have to check it out again when we go back.


  22. Teresa Mays says:

    Thanks for the video and it was a great idea to film from Disney! Love it! I liked the video. It has been a couple of years since I watched the Lion King show.
    I have to say I love the Wishes fireworks. There is just something about the music and narration along with the fireworks that gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes every time.
    Can you film from Space Mountain and the Blue Line once they complete their renovation? I am dying to see how/if they change any!
    Can’t wait for next week.
    Thanks for bringing us a weekly dose of Disney!


  23. Donna Isard says:

    Hi Rick. Thanks again for another great video. This is one of my favorite shows. It is diffently on our list of must see when we return to disney this Dec.

    Thanks again, Donna Isard


  24. June Stevens says:

    Great show Rick! My favorite show would be hard to pick! I love Lion King, Fantasmic, Indiana Jones (actually got called up for that one once!!), and all the Fireworks shows! I’m hoping to go see Lion King again in late October!


  25. Bob Nordmark says:

    Hey Rick, That was pretty cool doing your video live from Disney World. I hope you do it again. With out a doubt, Lion King is my favorite Theme Park Show at Disney World. I love the sights, sounds, colorful costumes, singing and dancing. And while I am at it–The Animal Kingdom is my favorite theme park at Disney World. Can’t wait to go back. As far as theme park shows go, I was recently at the California Adventure theme park. I really liked the Aladdin- A Musical Spectacular show. I hope to see it again sometime in the future.

    Rick–I just want you to know that I always look forward to watching your vidoes each week. It is the last thing I do before I go to bed on Saturday nights.


  26. Elizabeth Batsios says:

    Fun show this week! Loved seeing Spaceship Earth in the background. Our favorite show is Nemo at Animal Kingdom.


  27. Tammy Norman says:

    My fave show is Fantasmic. Thanks for the shows.


  28. Mayra Lopez says:

    Another awesome clip. I’ve never gotten the opportunity of seeing this show, but it’s on my to-do list for my next trip. As for my favorite show I’ll have to say Fantasmic.


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