A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King Showtimes Reduced Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

    A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King appears to be one of the first offerings at Disney World that is obviously and visibly impacted by staffing issues. First reported by wdwmagic, COVID-19 is surging through staff for the show and showtimes have been reduced as a result.

    A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King is an indoor show where performers, while largely physically distanced, do perform and sing without a face mask. The show name itself reflects the fact that the show isn’t what it used to be pre-pandemic. Certain acts have been cut from the show in this “post” pandemic world in an effort to keep performers distanced from one another. Nonetheless, the show is significantly impacted by staffing issues.

    Normally, the show is scheduled to take place eight times per day. Today, there will only be five showings. On Monday, the showtimes climb to eight showings before dropping down to just three shows on Tuesday. Here’s a look at the number of shows scheduled in the next few days, keeping in mind that eight shows are typical:

    • January 16: 5 shows
    • January 17: 8 shows
    • January 18: 3 shows
    • January 19: 7 shows
    • January 20: 7 shows
    • January 21: 7 shows
    • January 22: 8 shows

    Disney is following CDC recommendations with regards to shortened isolation times. This has resulted in some Cast Members returning to work while still positive with COVID-19, according to Cast Members that BlogMickey.com has spoken with.

    Earlier this month, Disney posted auditions for vocalists for A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King, among other shows.

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