Walt Disney World has announced an exclusive night time party to take place in Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park this Summer. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of “The Lion King,” Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park will host Harambe Nights every Saturday evening June 7 – August 9, 2014.
The journey begins with a Welcome Reception in the park’s Harambe Village where you will savor mouth-watering appetizers and African-inspired wine and beer. Then, it’s time for the “mane” event – an unforgettable performance of “The Lion King – Concert in the Wild.” Bringing to life the story of Simba, this brand-new theatrical experience features a live orchestra and choir, dancers, digitally projected movie moments, as well as dramatic lighting and scenic elements – all hosted by a celebrity guest narrator.
The lineup of celebrity narrators features stars from stage and screen. Currently scheduled to appear are:
- June 7 – Viola Davis (“The Help,” “Ender’s Game”)
- June 14 – Avery Brooks (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “American History X”)
- June 21 – Montego Glover (“The Following,” “Memphis”)
- June 28 – David Alan Grier (“Porgy & Bess,” “In Living Color”)
- July 5 – Michael Beach (“ER,” “Third Watch,” “Sons of Anarchy”)
- July 12 – Harry Lennix (“The Blacklist,” “The Five Heartbeats”)
- July 19 – Joe Morton (“Scandal,” “American Gangster,” “The Good Wife”)
- July 26 – Alfre Woodard (“Desperate Housewives,” “Miss Evers Boys”)
- Aug. 2 – Patina Miller (“Pippin,” The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”)
- Aug. 9 – Brian Stokes Mitchell (“Ragtime,” “Trapper John M.D.,” “Glee”)
After the show, the celebration continues with Harambe Nights Street Party. You can move to the beat as they enjoy an all-inclusive buffet of sophisticated and flavorful African cuisine and gourmet desserts. Disney Characters will be on hand as they show off their wild side. Plus, exclusive Lion King merchandise will be available for purchase during the event.
The evening concludes with a special finale that could only happen at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Harambe Nights takes place every Saturday from June 7-Aug. 9, 2014. The Welcome Reception begins at 7:00 p.m. and the “The Lion King – Concert in the Wild” starts at 7:30 p.m. The event is scheduled to end around 10:30 p.m. each evening.
Tickets are $119 for adults, $79 for ages 3-9, plus tax. Tickets with premium floor seating are $134 for adults, $94 for ages 3-9, plus tax. Theme park admission is included for the special event only. All attractions, entertainment and other offerings outside of the designated event area will not be available. The event ticket price is all-inclusive of entertainment, reception appetizers and drinks, dinner, desserts, and beverages (including wine and beer).
Advance reservations are highly recommended. Capacity is limited.
Tiki Room Tips
We love that Disney has started doing some exclusive events such as Harambe Nights, the Sunrise Safari and Wild Africa Trek. While they may be expensive, they give you an opportunity to have a unique experience in the theme parks, if you are willing to pay a bit more money. We hope to see Harambe Nights continue after August, and we hope to see many more events like this in years to come.
Festival of the Lion King
In somewhat related news, The Festival of the Lion King is scheduled to re-open in June, 2014 at a brand new theater in the Africa Section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.