Mandalay Bay Announces New Dates for Disney's The Lion King

Official schedule to begin Friday, May 15

Disney Theatrical Productions and Mandalay Bay have announced new dates for the highly anticipated debut of Disney’s THE LION KING in Las Vegas. Tickets will go on sale to the public Saturday, March 14; preview performances will begin Tuesday, May 5 with the official opening Friday, May 15.

The new dates will provide additional time for the transformation of Mandalay Bay Theatre to accommodate the spectacular set that has made THE LION KING a worldwide phenomenon.

On Saturday, March 14, fans will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets during a special on-sale event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.; purchasing guests will receive commemorative gifts during the event, while supplies last. All other outlets, phone and online sales will launch at 10 a.m.

The first guest in line at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office will receive complimentary autographed copies of “THE LION KING: Pride Rock on Broadway,” and “How Does the Show Go On?” by Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions. The first 100 guests will receive a full-length CD of the musical. All purchasing guests at the box office during the event will receive a gift while supplies last, and enjoy same-day promotions including buy one-get one half-off tickets to Shark Reef, specials on THE LION KING merchandise and restaurant offers. Tickets will be available at the box office starting as low as $53, continuing up to $86 and $113.50. VIP packages, which include premium seating, a complimentary souvenir program and a complimentary VIP show merchandise item, will be available for $168.50. Tax and service fees are included in all prices.

Beginning March 14 after 10 a.m., tickets will go on sale at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, Macy’s West at the Fashion Show Mall and Ritmo Latino); via phone (with major credit card) through the box office at (702) 632-7580 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000; and online via or Reservations for groups of 15 or more can be purchased now through (877) 632-7505 or

The performance schedule is as follows:
May 5, 6, 7, 8: 8 p.m.*
May 9: 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.*
May 10, 11: 8 p.m.*
May 12: Dark
May 13, 14: 8 p.m.*
May 15, 16: 8 p.m.
May 17: 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.
May 18, 19, 20, 21: 8 p.m.
May 22: Dark
May 23, 24: 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.
May 25, 26, 27, 28: 8 p.m.
May 29: Dark
May 30, 31: 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.

* Preview performances

Currently in its twelfth smash year on Broadway and seen by more than 45 million people in 11 countries, Disney’s THE LION KING continues to reign as one of the most popular shows around the world. The global phenomenon is the winner of more than 70 major awards worldwide including the Tony Award® and NY Drama Critics Award for Best Musical, the Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album and the Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.

THE LION KING was originally directed by Julie Taymor, who is the first woman to win a Tony Award® for Direction of a Musical. She is the director, costume designer, co-designer of the masks and puppets and wrote additional lyrics for THE LION KING.

The score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from the animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice, additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer and music from an album inspired by the animated film, "Rhythm of the Pride Lands," written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of THE LION KING score is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, embracing the Academy Award®-winning “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and the haunting “Shadowlands.”

The Las Vegas production will join the seven other highly successful companies of THE LION KING around the world in New York, London, Hamburg, Paris, Tokyo and Fukuoka, as well as the North American National Tour.

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning destination resort set on 60 lush acres and offers 3,635 newly remodeled rooms and suites, including 424 accommodations managed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Mandalay Bay Beach, an 11-acre tropical pool environment, features real California sand, a wave pool and the only climate-controlled, poolside gaming in the city. The property also features the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning restaurants, Shark Reef Aquarium and the 1.5-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center – the largest convention center on the Las Vegas Strip. Mandalay Bay’s brands include THEhotel, an all-suite hotel featuring 1,117 luxurious one-bedroom suites, the BATHHOUSE Spa, and Mandalay Place, a collection of unique boutiques and restaurants. Mandalay Bay is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM MIRAGE™ (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit the web site at, or call toll free at (877) 632-7000.

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