Holly Willoughby, Helen Flanagan, Lucy Fallon and Daisy Maskell attended star-studded launch of The Lion King and Jungle Festival at Disneyland Paris

Published on July 1, 2019

National treasure Holly Willoughby was swept up in the magic of Disneyland Paris this weekend, at the launch of its brand new season, The Lion King and Jungle Festival.

The radiant This Morning host was pictured smiling in front of the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle, taking in everything the new season has to offer.

During her visit, Holly greeted Disney favourites, including Mickey Mouse, Baloo, and King Louie whilst enjoying the roaring range of offerings inspired by Simba and Nala’s adventures in the African savannah and Baloo’s escapades in King Louie’s Indian jungle.

Following the premiere performance of The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands, Holly said: “I thought the show was fantastic it literally had me gripped from the first moment – it was incredible; it was all of your favourite bits of the film, put into a melting pot and just there in front of you. It was wonderfully magical!”

When asked which Disney character she most identified with, Holly commented “Oh my gosh. I’m going to have to choose Belle because I think she’s got real ‘girl power’ and my daughter’s called Belle, so I named my daughter after my favourite Disney princess. I think that sort of says it all.”

Holly was joined by a host of celebrities invited to experience the opening weekend of The Lion King and Jungle Festival at Disneyland Paris, including Coronation Street stars Lucy Fallon and Helen Flanagan, along with Kiss FM radio presenter Daisy Maskell, who was pictured having fun with Timon and Rafiki, among other Disney favourites.

Helen Flanagan attended with her two daughters, Delilah, aged one, and Matilda, who was celebrating her fourth birthday while at the park. She said of the occasion: “My little girl has just turned four today, so she really believes in everything, she’s very into princesses… I’ve been taking Matilda to Disneyland Paris since she was about 18 months and it’s so special and just so magical”


Bringing to life the magic of beloved Disney classics, the new season features shows exclusive to Disneyland Paris including The Lion King: Rhythms of the Prideland and The Jungle Book Jive, both featuring legendary songs from the two original films.

The Lion King and Jungle Festival will run from 30th June to 22nd September 2019.

More details about the new season can be found at www.disneylandparis.co.uk


About The Lion King and Jungle Festival:
To quote the fearsome Scar, “be prepared” to jump to the beat of the African savannah and the Indian jungle with two spectacular new shows: “The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Land” and “The Jungle Book Jive.”

“The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands” at Frontierland Theater
The famous music from The Lion King, which has been enjoyed by several generations, will be performed at Disneyland Paris with a new twist, telling the legend of Simba, Nala, Rafiki, Mufasa, Scar, Timon and Pumbaa. Singers, dancers, acrobats and drummers will add a new dimension to the Pride Lands with original routines and costumes. The show will also be performed in sign language every weekend.

Disneyland Paris can now reveal the set list for the show and emotions will run high thanks to a spectacular new tableau accompanied by the following songs: The Circle of Life, I Just Can’t Wait To Be King, Be Prepared, Hakuna Matata, Shadowland, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, He Lives in You, Endless Night and Busa / King of Pride Rock

“The Jungle Book Jive” with Baloo & Co against the backdrop of the Castle
This original creation will celebrate The Jungle Book, right in the heart of Disneyland Paris. Guests will be invited on a colourful and exciting journey full of new experiences in the Indian jungle during this show at Central Plaza, in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle. Guests will be treated to a bundle of fun with Baloo and King Louie, and, of course, Mickey and Friends will be our explorers for the season. They will be accompanied by artists from India, inviting guests of all ages to swing along to the sound of favourite songs such as “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You” and a moving new version of “Trust in Me” from Kaa the Snake.

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