Festival of Lion King or Finding Nemo Musical?


#1

Heading to Animal Kingdom 9/18
If I only have time for 1 show, which would you choose? I have a 3 and 6 yr old who love both movies (and an 11 and 14 yr old).
Also, is Rafiki's Planet watch worth it? My little ones would love to meet Rafiki but I am worried that the wait for the train there and back will eat into a lot of my morning...


#2

It may be a toss up with the little ones. Our 2 and 4 year old liked the Lion King slightly more. I think it was because we were at the back in Nemo and they couldn't see as much. With the older kids involved I would go with the Lion King.

The train ride does eat a lot of time. It is basically a petting zoo. I can get that near our home (-) Rafiki. Not worth it if you are pressed for time. It is something we have done at the end of the day but we have always had two days at AK.


#3

If you drop Rafiki's Planet Watch, maybe you could do both shows. They are both SO very good! Lion King is the slight winner, however. smile


#4

Both good but I would pick Lion King. DS7 loved meeting Rafiki and we still had plenty of time to do everything else we wanted to. We didn't do anything else there though.


#5

I just have to vote for Lion King!


#6

Tough choice... I go with Lion King.


#7

SKIP PLANET WATCH. I put it into our recent AK plan thinking my kids would love it, they're 4 and 6 and absolutely the right personalities for it... but it was a) lame, and b) my kids hated it. (Apparently I'm the only one who thought bat surgery was interesting). A total pain to get to/from also on the slow/infrequent train. Finally, we found it more disorganized than other parts of WDW - e.g., figuring out where/how to get WE badges wasn't obvious at all.
Which means you have time for 2 shows. wink We love them both, but I'm actually partial to Flights of Wonder.


#8

Yes, if you can fit both shows, better choice than Rafiki. It's very time consuming and not much there there.

Our littles loved, fascinated by Nemo, we got up front b/c had fpps. Haven't been to Lion King yet, going next trip. I'm hearing lately that Lion King is even better than Nemo.


#9

I would definitely choose Finding Nemo over FOTLK. Finding Nemo always makes me cry and it is such a cute musical.


#10

My 3 and 7 year old girls picked Lion King over Nemo. There is more crowd interaction at Lion King, so maybe that is why.


#11

Nemo: True broadway-musical with song telling a story and incredibly well-rendered fish "actors". Tells the story of Finding Nemo.
FOLK: A cirque-du-soleil style musical acrobatics show in a circular theatre with some audience interaction, lots of music, no plot, good laughs.
Flights of Wonder: Outdoor show with a plot (Bird expert giving a demo when hapless bird-averse "celebrity adventurer" stumbles into the scene and reluctantly becomes part of the show, resulting in a series of humorous and exciting demonstrations of incredible birds.
Nemo is probably the most captivating, given the cohesive plot line and formal theatre. I find FoW more riveting than FOLK, but love them both.


#12

Our daughter liked Nemo when we visited when she was 5. We just visited this month (she's now 9) and at this older age she preferred Lion King. I did too (though I thought Nemo was wonderful as well). Lion is more of a musical review while Nemo is a reenactment of the story with puppets. The music is better in Lion and the staging more elaborate with trapeze artists, fire jugglers, etc creating a lot of excitement. The performers are very impressive in both shows, I just think the musical material in Lion edges out Nemo by a slim margin.


#13

ps. We love Flights of Wonder too! (Never been to Rafiki so can't comment.)