Hello all! I am so excited to say that we finally have confirmation on The Lion King coming to Disney Magic Kingdoms. That means that our kingdoms are about to get a whole lot wilder. Earlier in the month, a leak suggested that this might be the next update, and I can almost guarantee it’s going to be an event. After all, if I know these devs, they wouldn’t miss out on an epic fight on Pride Rock. Earlier today, a post was sent out on Twitter, all but confirming our suspicions.
With the reveal out of the way, as I always, I thought it’d be fun to look at who we might be getting in this update. So grab some grubs, pull up a hyena, and let’s take a look!
Much like Belle in the Beauty and the Beast event, this is a no brainer. Simba will surely be at the heart of whatever issue arises in the kingdom. While I would love to get young Simba in the mix, I strongly think we’ll be looking at the adult versions of the characters in this update. Simba will probably have to deal with Scar “coming back from the dead” like Gaston did. Or perhaps he’ll be on the run from Gaston who might be hunting him. You never know!
Strangely, if a character gets left out, I could see it being Nala. After all, she’s one of the last characters I think anyone thinks about when they consider the long list of excellent characters in this film. That being said, I just don’t think you could have a Lion King update without her. After all, who will talk Simba into actually doing something if she’s not their? Behind every great man is a woman who’s sick of the man being a lazy butt.
Please let Rafiki be in this update. PLEASE! He’s such a fantastic character and having a baboon running around the kingdom would be simply amazing. I’m not sure why. It just would be. Will it be weird having these feral talking animals running around amidst the clothes wearing animals of Zootopia? Ohh, I’d love if they had a moment to discuss their differences. Ahem, but seriously, please let rafiki be there!
This is an obvious one. Scar will surely be the last character we Welcome as he will surely be the villain of the event. I’m sure he will be a zombie, like Gaston, who comes back from the dead to take over the Kingdom and rule Pride Rock, which will almost certainly be the centerpiece of this event. I fully expect him to make lots of disgusted faces during the event, like the one below.
I’ve said before that I would love to see a character that is actually two characters in one. I think Timon and Pumbaa make a great case for this. After all, one without the other just isn’t any fun. That being said, something tells me they will both be gem characters. One will be at the start of the event and the other later on. Keep in mind, this is all speculation. Also, I would like to see Timon do his “Big Pig” dance sometime during the event.
Pumbaa, as I said before, would make a great case for a gem character. He’s not super integral to the story, but he’s super cute and is absolutely necessary for bad smelling pig jokes.
If there’s a character that’s going to be left out, I think it’s Zazu. I’d love to see him though as we don’t really have any consistently flying characters. We have characters that fly for certain quests but none that fly to get around. Just mechanically I think it would be cool to see. I suppose it would work a bit like Zero. I’d also love Zazu there to make snarky comments throughout the quest line.
While I don’t think the Hyenas will be welcomable, I could see them being a clicker. Much like someone had talked about dalmatians running around, I think it would be fun to have to ride the kingdom of pesky Hyenas.
Especially given the bug in the promo, I think we can absolutely assume that grubs will be a clicker of some kind here. After all, we already had spiders, grubs, are just the next step. They also come in all sorts of fun colors so it would be easy to make different levels of them throughout an event.
I’ll be honest, I’m not sure what we’re going to get from an attraction standpoint, but I can say that Pride Rock seems the most obvious. Our characters need a place to “Make a Plan.” They need a place to hold up babies to the sun in glorious fashion. They need a place to fight over. Pride Rock is that place.
The addition of this one would make for a good place for Scar to hang out and plot his revenge against those pesky lions. I think it would also be the only other location super integral to the film other than the jungle. And it makes for a fun visual given that the elephant tusks will probably be a slide for the children of the park.
I’m pretty excited to get a new event as I’ve been very complacent in my playing of the game lately. I’d love for it to open up Adventureland, but at this point I’m not holding my breath. I think this would be a great chance to open up the last areas of Fantasyland and finally give us the space we’ve been pining for. What do you guys think? What are you excited for? Let me know in the comments!