‘Disneyland will never be completed, it will continue to grow as long as there is imagination in this world’ –Walt Disney

Sabrina Chakici

Sabrina Chakici

Once again Disney has opened up their iconic pastel gates to yet another whimsical wonder. Combing the wild African plains with the vibrant Indian Jungle, this weekend Disneyland Paris showcased to the world their Brand new Lion King & Jungle Festival.  Beautifully inspired by two of Disney’s most iconic films, The Lion King and The Jungle Book, the summer-long extravaganza will promise guests an immersive experience like no other.

Within the park’s rustically famous Frontierland a brand new ‘Djembe Joy’ Village has emerged. The remodeled space acts as the wild and wonderful hub for the festival itself and is also home to the highly anticipated Rhythms of the Pride Land stage show, the seated spectacle that packs a pumba punch for Disney guests who have the opportunity to visit before the end of September. Having grown up with the Lion King as my favourite film I may be somewhat biased in my review  but from the moment the theatre curtains opened up and the powerful drum beats filled the air, the emotionally charged lyrics of ‘The Circle of Life’ sent shivers down my spine.  The show is phenomenal and features all of the classic songs from the film, telling the tale of tails beautifully through impressive production and incredibly talented performers.

The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride land will run three times a day at 12:30pm, 1:30pm or 4:05pm and the performance has a queue system just like any other attraction in the park.

As well as The Lion King Show there is a limited edition parade that takes place in the main town and central area of the park and similarly to the classic character parade, the performance consists of Disney guest appearances and professional dancers who, with the aid of a live singer and musicians, create a magically moving presentation for all to enjoy.

Both shows can be enjoyed from now until the 22nd of September but if you want to really submerge yourself in all the immersive Disneyland newness then the Lion King Signature Experience could be just the ticket; For £87.06 per person, guests can enjoy the following benefits:

- Special seat location for the show The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Land 

- An interactive session with musicians playing traditional djembes

- Private meet and greet with Minnie in her new explorer’s outfit

- Lunch at the Hakuna Matata restaurant in the presence of Rafiki & Mickey wearing outfits specially created for the occasion

- A collector’s edition souvenir Lion King mug with one drink per person

- €15 gift card per person to spend in Disney Parks® stores and restaurants

- Surprise message from Simba

Written by Sabrina Chakici, TV Host & Travel Writer. Follow her travels at www.clutchandcarryon.com

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