GO wild at Disneyland Paris this summer as The Lion King And Jungle Festival roars into the parks.
Celebrating the launch of the new Disney blockbuster movie, there are new shows and parades exclusively created for the Paris park.
Fans will be tapping their toes to their favourite tunes in The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands and The Jungle Book Jive, both featuring legendary songs from the two original films.
Singers, dancers, acrobats and drummers add a new dimension to The Lion King spectacular, performing original routines as the legend of Simba, Nala, Rafiki, Mufasa, Scar, Timon and Pumbaa unfolds.
The 30-minute spectacular is performed four times a day in the Frontierland Theatre.
The costumes are jaw-dropping – as are the dexterous acrobats dangling from the stage, and the atmosphere was electric. Broadway, eat your heart out.
The theatre is at the heart of a special Djembe Joy village, created just for this summer’s Lion King festivities and open daily from 2pm.
Be sure to pick up some of the special snacks too. We loved the Simba-themed banana and coconut ice-cream! There’s also the chance to learn how to play the African drums and take a selfie with King Louie himself.
Also marking the wild antics, a new parade roars daily around Main Street and the Castle with dancers, musicians and singers as well as all your favourite Disney characters.
And the fun doesn’t end there.
Over in Adventureland, Timon shares his “problem-free philosophy” six times a day in the dance-off MataDance. The kids will adore getting up and jiving along and it’s sure to also see some classic dad dancing too.
Jungle Book Jive takes place daily in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and you’re quickly transported to the heart of the Indian jungle as Mickey and Friends head off as explorers, encountering Baloo, King Louie and more.
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With artists from India adding to the fun, you can swing along to the sound of some classic hits including The Bare Necessities, I Wanna Be Like You and a moving new version of Trust In Me from Kaa the snake.
The show features more than 65 performers and some rather elaborate carriages – as well as the debut of Disney’s new smoke fireworks to add an impressive daylight blast of colour .
The new festival is in no way limited to kids. Grown-ups will find plenty to love – sometimes despite themselves!
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GETTING THERE: Eurostar operates trains direct to Disneyland Paris from London St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet or Ashford International. See eurostar.com/uk.
STAYING THERE: Prices for a two-night/three-day package start at £1,658 in total, based on two adults and two children sharing a standard room at Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne. Includes three-day park hopper tickets and return travel with Eurostar. The festival runs until September 22.
FOR MORE: See disneylandparis.com.