I truly feel privileged to have had the opportunity to see The Lion King at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino here in Las Vegas. In a city like Las Vegas, with many different shows to see, this to me was the best. Disney was able to take it’s epic movie The Lion King and transform it into a theatrical performance that you would not believe! The Lion King blends all of the fine arts together in an amazing and innovative way that I have never seen before. From the shadow puppets, costumes, masks, dancing, make-up, music, set design, and performers, everything worked together to transport me to the African Savana.
The musical began with the sun rising, and Rafiki the baboon calling everyone to Pride Rock to celebrate the birth of Prince Simba, son of King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi. The Circle of Life errupts all around you with every conceivable animal from the African Safari walking down the aisles, flying in from above, and prancing onto the stage. This scene took my breath away. After the incredible opening we quickly learned that evil Scar, King Mufasa’s Brother, is plotting to take over the kingdom. Prince Simba will soon learn that being King is more complicated than just your birthright.
It amazed me how the animals were brought to life by the performers manipulating their costumes to make the gazelles prance across the plain, the giraffes tower above the other animals, or the cheetah’s to race across the stage. Nowhere is this more evident than in the interactions between Scar and Mufassa, and later Scar and Simba. It was magical how they became a lion.
Whether you are a Las Vegas Local or coming to Las Vegas for a visit, Disney’s The Lion King is a must see.
To help celebrate Disney’s The Lion Kings second anniversary at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Disney is offering it’s first locals ticket offer just for kids! For weekend matinee performances in the month of June, each adult that purchases a full-price ticket can purchase two child tickets for only $15.
Tickets can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay Box Office or the MGM Resorts Call Center at 877-632-7000. Mention “ROAR” for purchase. The ticket offer is available for the 4 p.m. performance of The Lion King every Saturday and Sunday through the month of June with a valid Nevada ID. Children must be under the age of 17; maximum two child tickets per one adult ticket. Recommended viewing age for THE LION KING is six years and older.
The Lion King is performed Monday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday shows at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Lion King Las Vegas will perform its final show Dec. 30, 2011. For additional information, visit www.lionkinglasvegas.com.
Disclosure: I was provided tickets to The Lion King for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. No other form of compensation was received by me.