Fire at Festival of the Lion King


Smoke can be seen coming from under the elephant float.

A fire happened today (March 21, 2016) during one of the afternoon performances of the Festival of the Lion King in the new theater at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The new Harambe Theater in Africa.

The new Harambe Theater in Africa, home of the Festival of the Lion King.

About 1,000 people were evacuated from the attraction after the electrical fire started under the elephant float, one of the show’s four large floats. The fire department was called, but the fire was out before they arrived.  No one was injured during the incident.

The next afternoon performance was cancelled and the first show tomorrow may be cancelled as well.

Guests who were evacuated were given a free fast pass ticket for another attraction. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Video link: Fire at Festival of Lion King


We love this show!


This was the bad boy that caused so much trouble yesterday.  But, the custodials got him all cleaned up and maintenance fixed his wiring, and the show is back on today!  🙂


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2 thoughts on “Fire at Festival of the Lion King

  1. Ashlyn Arrowood says:

    Interesting article.


  2. Derick Venier says:

    Oh my goodness! Amazing article!


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