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Disney Announced Harambe Nights at Animal Kingdom

May 5th 2014 at 9:25

Disney has announced plans to introduce new entertainment at the Animal Kingdom theme park this summer, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Lion King.

As part of the celebration, the new theater for Festival of the Lion King will open, and Disney will be introducing Harambe Nights, featuring a new stage show, "The Lion King - Concert in the Wild", a delicious African-inspired reception with beers, wines and appetizers, and a special celebrity guest narrator for each showing of the new stage show. 

Disney has already published the list of celebrity narrators set to appear:

  • June 7 – Viola Davis: “The Help,” “Ender’s Game”
  • June 14 – TBD
  • June 21 – Montego Glover: “The Following,” “Memphis”
  • June 28 – David Alan Grier: “Porgy & Bess,” “In Living Color”
  • July 5 – Michael Beach: “ER,” “Third Watch,” “Sons of Anarchy”
  • July 12 – Harry Lennix: “The Blacklist,” “The Five Heartbeats”
  • July 19 – Joe Morton: “Scandal,” “American Gangster,” “The Good Wife”
  • July 26 – Alfre Woodard: “Desperate Housewives,” “Miss Evers Boys”
  • August 2 – Brian Stokes Mitchell: “Ragtime,” “Trapper John, M.D.,” “Glee”
  • August 9 – Patina Miller: “Pippin,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”

After the show, the Harambe Nights Street Party will take place, with live music, characters and performers. Guests can join in the dancing fun with cast members. In addition a full all-inclusive buffet featuring sophisticated African cuisine and gourmet desserts will be on offer, along with exclusive Lion King merchandise and collectibles.

The grand finale is still a mystery, however Disney have indicated that it will be something special.

Harambe Nights will run from June 7 to August 9, 2014, with the welcome reception starting at 7:00pm, with a 7:30pm show time. Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adults: $119
  • Children (aged 3-9): $79
  • Adults (Premium Floor Seating): $134
  • Children (Premium Floor Seating):​ $94

Ticket prices are exclusive of tax. The capacity for each show is limited, so it's recommended that you book early. Premium Seating on June 7, 2014 had already sold out at the time of publication. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 407-939-1319

Category: Animal Kingdom