|Last revised Tue, 04-Jul-2006 5:09
The Legend of the Lion King was a 25 minute theatrical show consisting of animation, puppetry, and special effects, based around the animated film The Lion King.
Rafiki, the baboon narrated the story (in the guise of actor Robert Guillaume), and also greeted guests in the pre-show area.
The theatre itself, which will be reused for the 75th anniversary of Mickey Mouse in 2003, seats up to 500 guests at a time, and with an eye for detail that only the Disney Imaginners seem to have, a climate control system provides warm winds during scenes that take place on the Serengeti Plain, and fine mists during scenes that take place in the Jungle during the evening, which really helps to add a little something special to the performances.
The show started with the Circle of Life scene from the Lion King film, and most of the character voices were provided by the same actors that provided the voices for the film itself. After the opening scenes, the show moved through a number of the well known Lion King scenes, before culminating in a spectacular finale.
Being held in an air-conditioned (climate controlled) theatre, the Legend of the Lion King was a great show to take in as the temperature in the park started to climb.