|The Legend of the Lion King|
2004 (Disneyland Paris)
2009 (Disneyland Paris)
The Legend of The Lion King was a name used for two show attractions inspired by The Lion King. One was located in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort, and the other was located in Discoveryland at Disneyland Paris.
Although both shows were inspired by The Lion King, they took on two different performance styles. The show at Magic Kingdom was a stage performance retelling the story of the film using life-size puppets, while the show at Disneyland Paris was a Broadway-inspired performance that used human actors and featured popular songs from the movie.
Magic Kingdom version
The show debuted in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom on July 8, 1994, replacing the 3D movie Magic Journeys, which was shown in the Fantasyland Theater from December 1987 through December 1993. The show featured what Disney describes as “Disney Humanimals,” which are “larger-than-life figures that look just like their animated film counterparts.” The Mufasa Disney Humanimal measured seven feet long from tail to tip, six feet tall, and was perched upon an 18-foot Pride Rock that rose from below the stage. The stage was 125 feet wide, and was bigger than the seating area in order to permit the use of giant sets. The attraction closed on February 23, 2002, to be replaced by Mickey's PhilharMagic.
When the show closed, some of the puppets were sent to the Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris for usage in the show Animagique. Others were on display at Disney's Hollywood Studios park amongst the numerous film and theme park props in the Studio Backlot Tour area, which closed in 2014.
Disneyland Paris version
The Legend of The Lion King at Disneyland Paris ran from 2004 to 2009, and played at the Videopolis Theater located in Discoveryland. This Broadway-style show was similar to the musical and the Festival of the Lion King show at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park with its elaborate costumes and dance numbers. The show ran for 30 minutes and had performances in both English and French.