On this day in 2002, Legend of the Lion King, a live Fantasyland show at Disney World's Magic Kingdom, played its final performance. Running since July 1994, the Kodak-sponsored show combined puppetry, film, and live-action to re-tell the story of Simba.
Held in a 500-seat theater (once home to The Mickey Mouse Revue and Magic Journeys) Legend of the Lion King featured key scenes from The Lion King animated movie - but were presented by fully articulated puppets. The 25-minute show featured eight different casts of ten people each that performed the show some 30 times a day. (Some of the puppets required multiple people to operate them.)
Legend of the Lion King was closed to make room for PhilharMagic (a 3D film attraction).
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