The Lion King 30th Anniversary Celebration Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by | Mar 21, 2024 | Animal Kingdom, Disney Movies, WDW Blog

It’s the 30th anniversary of The Lion King in 2024! And Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be celebrating with special treats, merchandise, and events.

The Lion King made its wide-release theatrical debut on June 24, 1994, with the animated musical going on to receive two Academy Awards, experiencing both critical and financial success. In those thirty years, the movie has made its impact on entirely new generations, both on the screen and within the park at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. And for a limited time, fans will be able to experience even more The Lion King offerings at the park in Disney world.

The Lion King 30th Anniversary

From June 20 to September 6, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be celebrating The Lion King’s 30th anniversary. Animal Kingdom is already home to the incredible Festival of the Lion King show, and in celebration of the movie’s 30th anniversary, new offerings will be coming to the park as well for a limited time.

New Merchandise and Food

Disney Parks Blog has shared the exciting news that a new merchandise collection, along with new food and drink, will be coming to the park for the celebration. The menu should be released in the future, so we’ll be sure to share when it does!

They also revealed that the fan-favorite Pumbaa popcorn bucket would be making a welcome return to the park for fans to enjoy.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Over at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, guests will once again be able to meet with Timon and Rafiki for a fun photo opportunity. During the anniversary celebration, make sure to check on your My Disney Experience app for times that the two are available to meet.

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During this timeframe, you’ll also be able to learn to draw characters from The Lion King as part of the Animation Experience you can find at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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