Camp Minnie Mickey - Animal Kingdom

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As you cross the wood-hewn bridge from Discovery Island to Camp Minnie-Mickey you will find yourself beside a brook with life-like images of Mickey, Goofy and Donald Duck at their favourite fishing hole.

We have always been very lucky seeing the characters here. The first time we saw them was when we got to the first performance of the Lion King too late to get in and we were compensated by the characters coming out for photo opportunities and autographs.

The Festival of the Lion King is a must see, we never tire of it and visit every time we go to the park. We find the best times to see this is the first or last show of the day.

This is a live stage show with songs and characters from the Lion King based on the original story of Disney's animated classic.

The show is staged in an enclosed (air conditioned) hexagonal timber theatre which seats over 1200 people and is separated into 4 parts (all with good views) and your section becomes labelled as either elephant, giraffe, warthog or lion.

Festival of the Lion King is a favourite with fans of all ages. There is even an opportunity for your child to join the performers and dance around the stage.

The pageantry, costumes and sheer energy of the cast will make you forget you are sitting on benches for nearly 30 minutes. Each number is more colourful than the next as you listen to some favourite, and some new, Lion King songs.

As the performers fill the theatre, 4 huge moving floats are brought out. Simba is a 12-foot high animated character sitting on Pride Rock. There is an elephant, a swaying giraffe and then one with Pumba and Timon.

You watch as a group of acrobatic monkeys entertain you to the tune of Hakuna Matata. Can You Feel the Love Tonight is performed as a beautiful aerial ballet and over 50 performers in colourful costumes all come together in the finale.

When we leave Lion King we usually head for Chip and Dales for an ice cream before going on to see the Pocahontas and her Forest Friends show. This is really more for young children but our girls still enjoy it. The first 3 rows of this show are reserved for children.

Native American legend says there is just one animal that can save America's forests and the animals that live there from destruction. Grandmother Willow tells Pocahontas she has to ask the animals if she wants to find out if this is true.

There is a prickly porcupine, a possum, a raccoon, a rabbit, wild turkey and an energetic skunk. There's even a very large snake, another of the friends Pocahontas brings on stage to help younger audience members learn more about their animal neighbours. In the end, Grandmother Willow and Pocahontas and all her friends learn that the only animals who can save the forests are – humans!

Look in your Times Guide, as I believe there is a Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends Animal Training Show, which takes place daily. In this they demonstrate how they train the animals for the show, and since the animals are still learning, sometimes everything does not go perfectly.

Enjoy Camp Minnie – Mickey and be sure to take your autograph book.

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