If your family has seen The Lion King on Broadway, there's a good chance your children were almost hopping out of their seats trying to get closer to those life-size giraffes. Now, at the first-ever pop-up exhibit dedicated to the show (or any Broadway show, for that matter), kids can get an up-close look at the musical from behind the scenes. In honor of the musical's 15 years on Broadway, the 5,000 square-foot exhibit "Inside The Lion King" showcases 86 artifacts from the production, including early concept sketches, a 17-foot ostrich, a 13-foot elephant and several intricately designed costumes.
As they roam through the exhibit, kids can stop and take a picture of a five-foot Wildebeest mask, the show’s iconic image of the sun, and wax renditions of Rafiki and Scar from Madame Tussauds, among other items. Touch-screen tablets located throughout allow fans to explore even more behind-the-scenes elements of The Lion King, including inspirations for the show’s design.
Disney teaching artists will also be on hand for a series of kid-friendly workshops: "Storytelling" (Sat Dec 8) gives kids and tweens an inside look into the playwriting process; "Music" (Sun Dec 9) explores the sounds of the savannah and the techniques used to mimic those sounds onstage; "Movement" (Sat Dec 15) teaches choreography from the show, and "Design" (Sun Dec 16) explains the artistry behind the show and gives participants the chance to create an original mask. All workshops take place at 10:30am and 3pm.