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Posted by on Apr 4, 2013

Vintage Walt Disney World Resort: Building a Theater in the Wild

Since opening in 1998, Theater in the Wild has been home to three different productions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Below is an aerial view of the theater when the park was still under construction back in September 1997.


Originally an open-air amphitheater, Theater in the Wild brought The Jungle Book to life from Walt Disney Feature Animation in Journey into Jungle Book. Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie and more sang, danced and retold the story in this 30-minute stage show.
Theater in the Wild at Disney's Animal Kingdom Brought 'The Jungle Book' to Life with Journey into Jungle Book at Walt Disney World Resort

Premiering July 9, 1999, Tarzan Rocks! opened. With singers, dancers, gymnasts, aerialists and in-line skaters joining Tarzan, Jane and Terk this show celebrated the movie’s soundtrack along with amazing stunts and spectacular costumes.
'Tarzan Rocks' Premiered at Theater in the Wild at Disney's Animal Kingdom in July 1999

Now home to Finding Nemo-The Musical, Theater in the Wild continues to bring Broadway caliber entertainment to guests of Disney’s Animal Kingdom every day.
Theater in the Wild at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Now Home to Finding Nemo – The Musical at Walt Disney World Resort

Vintage Walt Disney World Resort: Building a Theater in the Wild by Nate Rasmussen: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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