The Legend of The Lion King is the name of former attractions hosted at both Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World in Florida and in Disneyland Paris. Although both shows were inspired by the hit Disney film The Lion King they took on two different performance styles. The Legend of the Lion King Show at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World was a stage performance retelling the story of the film using life size puppets, while the show at Disneyland Paris was a Broadway-inspired performance that used human actors and featured popular songs from the 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 will return 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.