Disneyland Paris Adds Even More Immersive Storytelling to an Ever-Expanding Guest Experience with The Lion King & Jungle Festival
With the opening of The Lion King & Jungle Festival, Disneyland Paris continues to grow its wealth of offerings featuring beloved Disney characters and stories. The resort is also further enhancing its opportunities for guests of all abilities by adapting songs from one of the season’s new shows in chansigne, a form of expression meant to convey the spirit of the songs, for select performances. Additionally, Deaf children from the Laurent Clerc School in Noisiel have been invited as special guests to the first performance of the season and will participate in an African Djembe drum workshop with Disney VoluntEARS.
From 30 June to 22 September 2019, The Lion King & Jungle Festival brings to life two beloved Disney masterpieces in a first-ever immersive experience at any Disney park. Guests can experience two new shows – The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands and The Jungle Book Jive – as well as Timon’s “MataDance!” and the new Djembe Joy Village with unforgettable music encounters. Songs from The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands show will also be performed in chansigne every weekend, a form of expression that uses intricately choreographed movements to convey the spirit of the song being interpreted.
A range of exclusive products and unique dining options are also available for the festival, and guests can purchase a limited-edition Lion King Signature Experience which includes lunch at the Hakuna Matata restaurant joined by Rafiki and Mickey, a special seat for the Lion King show, a private character encounter with Minnie, a collector’s edition souvenir mug and more.
The immersive storytelling of Disneyland Paris extends to its hotels and resorts. Each location is a world in itself, full of adventure, fun and wonder, offering exclusive benefits guests can only find at a Disney hotel — such as encounters with Disney characters and extra magic time in the parks. Guests can experience The Lion King & Jungle Festival by day and be surrounded by magic for their entire vacation by staying at a Disney hotel or resort.
The launch of this one-of-a-kind festival is yet another opportunity to give back to the community, as the resort invites a group of Deaf children from the Laurent Clerc School in Noisiel to watch the new Lion King show in chansigne and participate in an African Djembe drum workshop with Disney VoluntEARS to further live the magic of this unique and immersive season. Disneyland Paris works with local schools and nonprofits year-round to positively impact children and their families in the surrounding community, as nearly 1,000 Disney VoluntEARS completed more than 9,300 hours of service in 2018.
The Lion King & Jungle Festival is just one example of Disneyland Paris’ continued investment in all aspects of the guest experience now and into the future, from immersive attractions and entertainment to merchandise, dining and hotels that extend the Disney storytelling. Guests have more reasons to return to the resort again and again throughout the year for extended seasonal offerings like Marvel Season of Super Heroes and Legends of the Force – A Celebration of Star Wars, mini-seasons like Toy Story Play Days and seasonal celebrations like Disney’s Halloween Festival and Disney’s Enchanted Christmas that further enhance the magic of Disneyland Paris. All of these special seasons and limited time engagements provide new experiences for fans to enjoy the franchises they love.
The resort also announced last year a two billion-euro, multiyear expansion that will include a transformation of Walt Disney Studios Park to include three new areas based on Marvel, Frozen and Star Wars, along with new attractions and live entertainment. From different seasonal experiences year-round and new opportunities to encounter fan-favorite stories and characters to entire new areas as Walt Disney Studios Park expands in the coming years, there is more for guests to enjoy at the resort than ever before.