Festival of the Lion King to close in January

Discussion in 'Disney Rumors and News' started by Mad Hattered, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. Brian Noble

    Brian Noble His Curmudgeonly Highness

    Mar 23, 2004
    ...it does if you are moving it. Say, to Harambe. You know, to make way for an expansion/redevelopment of the current Land.

    Disney has already announced that one of the Discovery Island shops is being re-purposed as an indoor character meet-n-greet. Once that opens, I'm not sure you still need the trails...
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  3. Miss Marie

    Miss Marie Mouseketeer

    Oct 9, 2011
    I hope that this rumor isn't true. I've never seen the show before and really want to. It looks so good!

    I hate the idea of Avatar. Sure it's got a good message that fits well with Disney, but it's just one movie that is supposed to be the start of a series. What if the next few movies aren't as good? I did like the message and the whole design, but I mean seriously, one movie that was a huge success gets a theme park area? HP I can understand, but Avatar, I don't get it.

    Just in case, we'd better make sure to see FotLK in November.
  4. JennaDeeDooDah

    JennaDeeDooDah My oh my what a wonderful day!

    Mar 29, 2012
    I agree. In my opinion, if you are absolutely insistent on having a land based on a movie franchise (which certainly seems dangerously close to copying something Universal did - but doesn't seem to be getting done as well), why not pick out a film franchise that has shown itself to actually be successful. In fact, you already have a partnership with George Lucas. Why not a Star Wars land? Star Wars the Weekend is extremely successful, as are all of those Star Wars conventions. And how many people love Star Wars and still dress up as characters from the movies at Comic Con? I don't even like Star Wars and I am able to see the promise that this idea holds. Avatar has me much less convinced.:sad2:
  5. Jennasis

    Jennasis DIS life goes on

    Jun 11, 2000
    Why not build the new theater first then move it? They haven't even broken ground on Avatarland or even released any detail on what it might be.
  6. SamSam

    SamSam http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/index.

    Jan 21, 2001
    Although I'm very pleased that Disney is constantly working on new projects for the parks, I really hope that Festival of the Lion King is just being relocated and not permanently closed.

    Dh and I love this show, in fact, we AK...our favorite park.:goodvibes
  7. si-am

    si-am DIS Veteran

    Apr 16, 2006
    Avatar land is the dumbest idea ever. Sure, it was successful when it came out, but it's been pretty much forgotten now. It doesn't have the same cult following as Hary Potter or Star Wars or even Toy Story. It's not a movie that people tend to watch over and over.
  8. minnie mum

    minnie mum Unapologetic Disney Fan(atic)

    Mar 8, 2011
    Camp Mickey Minnie covers a lot of territory. Were you perhaps asking if they were putting the character meet and greets into a building? If so, then the answer is YES. The characters will be moving very soon to Discovery Island and will be greeting in what is now Beastly Bazaar.

    See my comment above. You will still be able to meet the characters, but in a different area.

    EXACTLY what I was saying in an earlier post. They did this with the new Dumbo spinner to minimize down time, so why not with the new FOTLK theatre?
  9. featherise

    featherise Earning My Ears

    Jul 13, 2012
    So sad. We are headed next June with folks who have never been. By far, my favorite show!
  10. DisneyGuess

    DisneyGuess DIS Veteran

    Apr 17, 2007
    Not to derail, but I can't remember when this was said to be opening...was it the end of August (this month)?
  11. Reddog1134

    Reddog1134 DIS Veteran

    Jun 2, 2009
    I believe it has to do with the animal habitats. Avatar land will most likely have elements that will require it to be placed in an area away from the live animals.
  12. Lucia_27

    Lucia_27 Mouseketeer

    Feb 17, 2009
    If FOTLK goes away, I am pretty sure we will skip AK on any future trips. We live 20 min. from Busch Gardens, which blows AK away. I just said to DH today that Lion King is my favorite thing at AK.
  13. wendydarling826

    wendydarling826 <font color=orange>I thought mine was the only cra

    Dec 31, 2002
    I would be very unhappy to see FOTLK closed. It is our favorite show and our favorite AK attraction. I don't know where they're going with the Avatar thing and it doesn't appeal to me. Lion King is classic Disney and in my opinion it needs to stay.
  14. Bullseye

    Bullseye Faithful Companion

    May 8, 2009
    I'll be in the minority here and say I like all of Dinoland AND I'm looking forward Avatar at AK. It's going to be cool and it's going to add at least one more "E-ticket" ride to that park guaranteed. I like FOTLK, but if they have to temporarily close it then I'm sure that's what they have to do. Is it possible that it could be housed in the same structure it is in now at it's new location which is why they have to close it. Obviously, not the foundation but the building itself?
  15. cigar95

    cigar95 DIS weakest link

    Aug 23, 2000
    Ever heard of Rocky Candy Mountain at Disneyland?
  16. jdcthree

    jdcthree DIS Veteran

    Nov 6, 2007
    We have a book about Disney mountains and my son was so disappointed that they didn't make Rock Candy Mountain. We thought it was a great idea, lol!
  17. Jennasis

    Jennasis DIS life goes on

    Jun 11, 2000
    What really bugs me about "Avatarland" is the possibility of it being called "AVATARLAND". It's ridiculous. If they call it "Pandora", then maybe I won't be so angry about the whole thing.

    I also think it was stupid to call DCA's area "CARSland". It should have been called "Radiator Springs".
  18. girls

    girls Mouseketeer

    Feb 28, 2010
    Oh. :-( We're going mid-Jan. I hope we can catch it still see it. That was such an amazing show.
  19. bdoyledimou

    bdoyledimou Pop Road Warrior -Travelling they way they did in

    Aug 13, 2008
    Back in 2002 the ex-wife and I were told by a cat member that we were attending the FINAL SHOWING of FOTLK -- they announced it at the beginning and end of the show -- and thanked the audience for all the support over the years..

    Then imagine my surprise in 2004 when it was still there -- It's a super popular show!!! I really do hope that they keep it around in SOME fashion.. but i am sure the Tumble Monkeys need a vacation :)

    (i wonder where people who work at Disney world go on vacation ----- :cool1:)
  20. crostorfer

    crostorfer Gryffindor Gal

    Mar 29, 2008
    Avatar is no Potter.

    Don't give two hoots about an Avatarland. Now, FoTLK shutting down for an extended period, that I can give a hoot about, and not a positive one. Take that out of the equation and AK becomes a true half day park for me.
  21. JerseyJanice

    JerseyJanice RIP, Max!

    Aug 20, 1999
    I don't care about Avatar Land one way or the other, but if they're going to get rid of any show in AK, it should be Nemo and not the Lion King.

    LK is excellent and always worth seeing. Nemo OTOH is easily the worst show I have ever seen at any Disney park going back to the 1970s. It's so, so bad! Even sitting in air-conditioning does nothing to redeem it. Terrible! I will never waste my time there again.

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