Stars of Disney’s The Lion King will be Honorary Grand Marshals at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park Parade

Walt Disney World has been celebrating The Lion King!  The original animated classic is celebrating its 25th anniversary and there is a new live action version of The Lion King that is debuting in theaters later this month.  If you will be in Walt Disney World this weekend, you are in for a special treat.  On Saturday, July 13th, 2019 the voices of young Simba and young Nala – JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph – will be honorary Grand Marshals for the parade at Magic Kingdom Park.  They will appear in the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade at 3 PM EST.


After the parade, JD and Shahadi will continue the celebration over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  The park also has a variety of celebration offerings for the 25th anniversary and the new live action film release. The park has a variety of special entertainment, food offerings, limited edition merchandise and more.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom also played an influential role in the creation of the new live action film.  The production team for the new movie spend six weeks researching naturalistic backdrops that helped inspire scenes from the movie.

Per Disney Parks Blog: If you haven’t seen the film trailer, Disney’s “The Lion King,” directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savanna where a future king must overcome betrayal and tragedy to assume his rightful place on Pride Rock.  Along with JD and Shahadi, the all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.

We can’t wait to see Disney’s The Lion King when it debuts in theaters on July 19th.  Who all will be going to see it?

Photo and Source Credit:  Disney Parks Blog

About Christy Caby

I am a long time Disney addict! This love began as a child and stayed with me in my teen years. I completed the Disney College Program, was engaged and honeymooned at Disney, visited WDW while pregnant with each of our two boys, and have brought our boys since they were babies (they are now 5 and 2). We have over 10 Disney World vacations under our belt. Our recent adventure was a big move from St. Louis, MO to Florida! We knew that we needed more Disney magic that just a couple times of year, and we worked hard to make it happen! Now we hit the parks almost every weekend! We are working to dine at every location, experience every attraction and look for every hidden Mickey! We want to be able to say that we have one it all! We are branching into the Cruise Line and are planning a trip to Disneyland in California next year. To say that we are Disney addicts may be an understatement. When I am not at WDW with my family, I am reading Disney blogs and news, crafting (usually Disney décor for our home), planning Disney vacations for others or working on my dissertation for my doctoral program. I am a Project Manager by profession, so I have mastered fitting everything into a tight schedule! We feel we lead an exciting life where we get to spend a lot of time together doing what we love! I love being able to this love and Disney magic with everyone else so that others can make the most of whatever time they get to have at the most magical place on earth!