According to a job posting by Disney, Disney Live Entertainment is seeking two dancers for A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Here are the audition descriptions:
- Maji – Female identifying dancer 5’1″ to 5’4″ with excellent ballet technique, strong partnering skills and the ability to perform at heights. This character may perform an aerial routine that involves flying in the air. Due to aerial equipment safety protocol, this role must maintain a weight of 110 lbs. or lower and must be within the 5’1-5’4 height bracket
- Moto – Male identifying dancer 5’10” and above, with excellent ballet technique, lift/partnering skills and strong athletic build.
The roles, as described, seem to hint that Disney is looking to bring back the “full” Festival of the Lion King show. As a reminder, a modified version of the show debuted last May with physical distancing limitations and acts cut or modified from the show. Most notably, the “tumble monkeys” were cut from the show as well as many other modifications that had contact between performers.
Of course, with the return of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Disney demonstrated that they are not worried about close contact between performers and any shows that still have that modification in place such as A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King and Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage are modified simply because Disney hasn’t wanted to change the shows.
Now, it looks like Disney might be preparing to bring back the “full” version of one of their best shows – Festival of the Lion King.
The new job posting above details aerial acts and lifts that were cut from the modified version of the show. Of course, while we are certainly excited that the job descriptions hint at the full return of the show, it’s also just as likely that Disney is simply hiring for a role with pre-existing requirements and that this is not a sign that the full show is coming back anytime soon.
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