New details have been released regarding the Harambe Nights special event that will be starting on June 7th. Tickets may be purchased online here. There will be a welcome reception from 7 – 7:30pm. After that, from 7:30 – 8:25pm in honor of the 20th Anniversary is the new The Lion King: Concert in the Wild with a celebrity narrator and live orchestra. Celebrity narrators include:
June 7 – Viola Davis
June 15 – To Be Determined
June 22 – Montego Glover
June 29 – David Alan Grier
July 5 – Michael Beach
July 12 – Harry Lennix
July 19 – Joe Morton
July 26 – Alfre Woodard
August 2 – Brian Stokes Mitchell
August 9 – Patina Miller
From 8:25 – 10:30pm guests can enjoy the Harambe Street Party with a live band, dancing, food and drinks. Characters will be available for meet and greets, special artist signings will take place for exclusive artwork and merchandise. Some of the merchandise that will only be able to be purchased during the party include limited edition iPhone 4 and 5 cases featuring artwork from artist Randy Noble of the Lion King, a 20th Anniversary puzzle of the Lion King, and artwork, collectibles and clothing specific to the event.
All food and drinks are included in the ticket admission price. Guests are able to use their ticket to show for complimentary parking as early as 4pm, with park admission as early as 6pm for the party beginning at 7pm. It is recommended that you arrive at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the party in order to secure parking and go through security and to get to Harambe.
Starting June 7th at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a special hard ticket event called Harambe Nights will take place Saturdays through the summer until August 9th. This separately purchased ticketed event takes place in the evening from 7pm until around 10:30pm, primarily in the Africa section of the park. Guests will be able to enjoy African themed tapas, beers and wines included in the ticket price. Also included will be a new telling of the Lion King show in the new Harambe Theater, including a celebrity host.
The evening will start off with a reception with food and beverages, then guests will be ushered into the theater where they will be served a snack before the new Lion King show lasting about 55 minutes. After the show concludes, an African Street Party with more snacks and drinks, music and dancing as well as character interactions will take place in Harambe Village. Around 10pm the party will move to just near the Tree of Life for a dessert party and farewell ceremony.
Celebrity hosts are subject to change, but include Viola Davis for the opening weekend. Ticket prices are $119 for adults and $79 for children plus tax for general admission and for premium floor seats for the show tickets are $134 and $94 plus tax. Parking for guests with tickets to Harambe Nights is complimentary. Tickets can be purchased starting today, May 1st, by calling 407-934-7639. A limited number of tickets are being sold for this event, so book early if you are interesting in purchasing tickets. As always, information is subject to change. Here is a link to the video some annual passholders received yesterday teasing the event. Tickets may be purchased online as well as over the phone. Either way, tickets may be linked to the guest’s My Disney Experience account for admission to this special event.