The parade begins
the Rafiki float
Daily at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
throughout the summer season
Whatever you do, dont miss The Lion King Celebration.
Moving to the music of “I Just Cant Wait to Be King,”
the parades six floats are masterpieces of parade design, skillfully incorporating
African patterns, colors, and tribal art.
The dramatic story of Simba and Nala unfolds as you watch the Rafiki float,
the gazelle tree float, the bull elephant float, the rain forest float, the drum
dancer float, and the Pride Rock float.
There are inventive touches everywhere.
Pride Rock float
The floats are great, but its the talented performersmore than 75 of them,
including dancers, acrobatic pole climbers, puppeteers, musicians,
and remote-control operatorswho make The Lion King Celebration
The dancers costumes are remarkable.
Some dancers are in ceremonial tribal costumes; others appear as
gazelles, wildebeests, monkeys, leopards, zebras, and cheetahs.
Stilt walkers represent elephants and giraffes, while the pole climbers
The parade makes four stops along its route, so pick your viewing spot carefully.
Youll be treated to a five minute “street show.”
To the music of “The Circle of Life,”
the performers put on an elaborate production number, strongly
influenced by African dance.
The Lion King Celebration premiered in Disneyland on July 1, 1994,
just days after the premier of Disneys phenomenally successful animated
feature, The Lion King.
The last performance was June 1, 1997.
A new daytime parade, the Hercules Victory Tour, debuted June 27, 1997.
Disneyland guests enthusiastically received the Hercules Victory Tour as
a worthy successor to the fantastic Lion King Celebration.
If you miss the floats from Disneylands Lion King Celebration, you might
want to head over to Disneys Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
In Camp Minnie-Mickey, look for a huge octagonal roof under which
you can see the floats reused as part of the Festival of the Lion King.
The Festival of the Lion is the hit of Disneys Animal Kingdom.
Four modified floats and a rolling stage transform the empty theater
into a vibrant setting for a spectacular live show.
The costumes, music, and choreography are very different than what you saw at
Its not a paradeits a cross between theater-in-the-round and circus.
And its a great show.
The same bull elephant at Disneyland (left) and
Disney's Animal Kingdom (right)
© 2007 Werner Weiss — Disclaimers, Copyright, and Trademarks
Updated September 26, 2006.
Photograph of the Lion King Celebration Rafiki float: 1996 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Simba and Nala on the Pride Rock float: 1996 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Elephant float: 1995 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Elephant unit at Disneys Animal Kingdom: 1998 by Werner Weiss.