A similar mini-parade under the name Tale of the Lion King premiered at Disney California Adventure, in honor of the film's 25th anniversary celebration and in conjunction with the release of the new movie.
Magic Kingdom version
The show debuted in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom on July 8, 1994; taking place in the same theater that is currently being used for Mickey's PhilharMagic show in Fantasyland. The Legend of The Lion King replaced the 3-D movie Magic Journeys, which was shown in the Fantasyland Theater for 6 years from December 1987 through December 1993. This show featured what Disney describes as “Disney Humanimals” which are “larger-than-life figures that look just like their animated film counterparts”. The Mufasa Disney Humanimal measured seven feet long from tail to tip, six feet tall, and was perched upon an 18-foot Pride Rock that rose from below the stage. The stage for show was 125-feet wide and was bigger than the seating area in order to permit the use of giant sets. The attraction closed on February 23, 2002, to be replaced by Mickey's PhilharMagic.
The show returned in 2019, renamed as The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands.The classic character and the iconic songs from the film will come to life onstage for a new musical production at The Chaparral Theater in Frontierland. This new version will join the variety of entertainment options for guests visiting the resort, including the award-winning “Mickey and the Magician” at Walt Disney Studios Park, and the Festival of Pirates and Princesses since 2018.
Unlike Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Paris, the Disney California Adventure version of the show celebrates the story and music of the Lion King, in a brand-new way. The lead narrator, Mwongozo (Swahili for “guide”) leads a troupe of 18 performers called the Storytellers of the Pride Lands in this adaptation. The performance is presented in a contemporary story-theater style that retells the tale through language, song and dance.