Mom and Son on Safari; Giraffe; AA
  • On Jun 17, 2024
    Madeleine from ON Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Festival of the Lion King says "Closed" end of September and start of October 2024 when I try to use Genie to plan an itinerary. Is the show closing?

    Hi Madeleine!

    It sounds like you’re planning an awesome day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! That park is such a gem with so much to see and do. Let me share some must-do attractions and dining spots to make your day even better.

    First off, you’ve got to try Avatar Flight of Passage. It feels like you're really flying on the back of a banshee through Pandora. It's incredible. If you love animals, Kilimanjaro Safaris is like going on a real African safari. You may see elephants, lions, giraffes, and more up close. 

    My family loves to dine at Satu'li Canteen! Their customizable bowls and cheeseburger pods are a hit. If you’re in the mood for some BBQ, Flame Tree Barbecue is amazing. And for a special meal, Tiffins Restaurant offers incredible dishes inspired by Africa, Asia, and South America.

    Now onto your question. You said that Festival of the Lion King shows “Closed” at the end of September and start of October on Disney Genie. Right now, it looks like they’ve only posted hours through mid-August. Since it’s a live show, they usually release operating hours they tend to release operating hours a little at a time. There haven’t been any announcements about it closing for refurbishments, so keep an eye out for updates as your trip gets closer.

    I love that you’re using Disney Genie for planning! It’s such a handy tool. Don’t forget to look into Disney Genie+ too, which helps you reserve access to multiple attractions. And for some rides, there are Virtual Queues, so make sure to check how to join those to save time.

    I hope you have a magical day at Animal Kingdom! Enjoy every moment and make some amazing memories!

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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

Hi there! I'm Heather from Buffalo NY, a planDisney Alumni and proud mom of three. By day, I'm an oncology nurse, but my heart belongs to Walt Disney World. Having navigated the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and multigenerational groups, I live to turn dreams into magical vacations. When I'm not exploring the wonders of Walt Disney World, you'll find me sailing the high seas on Disney Cruise Line. Adventure awaits - let's make your Disney dreams come true!  Learn More About Heather

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