The Return of the Monkeys?

Credit: Paula K

Are there plans for the monkeys to return to ‘Festival of the Lion King’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Nothing has been announced, but there is an interesting item on the Disney Auditions page of the Disney Careers website. Here’s the posting:

ONLINE SUBMISSIONS for Stunt Actors with Tramp Wall Experience

For: Walt Disney World
Location: Online Submissions
Looking For: Actors and Stunts

Disney Live Entertainment is actively seeking submissions from Stunt Actors with Tramp Wall experience for an offering at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, Florida.  We are seeking candidates for Part Time and Sub Positions.

From 2018 Credit: Paula K

Interested candidates should submit a link(s) to your Disney Profile that showcases Tramp Wall experience.


This is a 2 step process.  Candidates must submit AND check-in to the audition to be considered.


  • Please click “My_Profile” to create or update your Disney Performer Profile.
  • Under the LINKS section, upload your video audition link(s) that showcases Tramp Wall experience.  You may also upload a link to your stunt reel.  YouTube links are preferred.  Please have the link set as “unlisted”. 


  • Visit
  • Click on audition titled “ONLINE SUBMISSIONS for Stunt Actors with Tramp Wall Experience“.
  • Take your selfie to complete the check-in process.
  • Please only submit yourself once. 

From 2018 Credit: Paula K

Submissions will be accepted through January 3, 2022; 3PM Eastern Time.

Potential in-person callbacks will be held January 27, 2022 in Orlando, FL.  Candidates must be available for the callback to be considered.  Performers will be notified by January 7 if they are being considered for a callback following their initial submission.


  • Please click the “My Profile” button at the top of to create or update your profile before attending the audition. 
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and authorized to work in the United States.

Upon signing of Walt Disney World® Individual Employment Contract, candidates are eligible to immediately apply for membership in Actor’s Equity Association.

All performers employed by the Walt Disney World® Resort are covered under the terms and conditions of a Collective Bargaining Agreement with Actors’ Equity Association.

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This listing does not mean that the monkeys will soon return to the popular show. It could be for something else.

From 2018 Credit: Paula K

When ‘Festival of the Lion King’ returned last May, there were several changes. Even the name was changed, it’s now ‘A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King’. The Walt Disney World website states:

“A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King” will be presented in a modified format to be mindful of the current environment. Adjustments to the show have been made onstage and backstage, including updates to choreography and temporarily pausing some show elements to allow for appropriate physical distancing.

That implies that the modifications could be phased out at some point. If we hear anything definitive, we will let you know. Until then, we remain hopeful that the monkeys will soon return to this incredible show.

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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.