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Festival of the Lion King

This is the weekly news, rumors and refurbishments update for Walt Disney World for the week of May 25, 2014.

Here are the four biggest updates from around the resort for the past seven days...

1. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is officially open at the Magic Kingdom Park

After four years of construction the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train officially opened on May 28, 2014. Disney is calling the attraction the “crown jewel” of New Fantasyland as it completes the expansion that was announced back in 2009.

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The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is an attraction unique to the Magic Kingdom, allowing the mine cars to gently swing as you ride along the track. The Mine Train is a perfect addition to Fantasyland, the land for children of all ages. It breaks the mold of a traditional dark ride inside a box, bringing a new experience to the park.

With its panoramic views of Fantasyland and advanced audio-animatronics, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has been widely praised.. Sure it could be longer with another show scene and more track, but that’s irrelevant at this stage. No matter what anybody thinks, you know you’re going to ride it next time you visit the Magic Kingdom just because you can!

2. ‘Festival of the Lion King’ is returning on June 1

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The popular stage show Festival of the Lion King will be returning to Disney’s Animal Kingdom on June 1 in the new Harambe Theater. The show first debuted in 1998 in Camp Minnie-Mickey. Due to the construction for Pandora - The World of Avatar, Camp Minnie-Mickey was closed on January 5, 2014.

The new theater is located in Africa in the village of Harambe. The show is usually scheduled to run every hour. Check the parks Times Guide for details.

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