Fans of The Lion King, this one is for you! Have you ever been strolling through Animal Kingdom on a mad hunt for Lion King merch? I have… and for the longest time, it was pretty hard to come by. But with July 19th (the release date of the live-action film) quickly approaching AND the 25th Anniversary of the animated film’s release, we have started to slowly notice more Lion King merchandise trickling into both Disneyland AND Disney World.
We found the new Hakuna Matata Spirit Jersey when searching through Disneyland for all of the new items of the week, and now it’s available at Animal Kingdom, too! The front is branded with the classic film logo.
The spirit jersey is giving us no worries with Timon and Pumbaa’s iconic Hakuna Matata motto across the back. And Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa are perfect strutting their stuff right beneath the words.
(This little moment is the same one captured at a newer PhotoPass location in Animal Kingdom — see it here!) The spirit jersey is $64.99 and was seen in a few merchandise shops throughout Animal Kingdom.
We have seen lots of new Loungefly backpacks in the parks lately with Star Wars and Toy Story patterns. We love these bags because they are a great size and can easily fit all of our Disney park must-haves. The new Lion King backpack meets all of our Loungefly expectations.
It has an adorable print and great fabric quality. We can’t get over Simba and Nala making hearts with their tails, both as cubs and adults! The fabric on this backpack is actually nylon, which makes the bag easier to wipe off and clean. And, the interior has a laptop sleeve, which is so nice for those of you who need to keep your laptop handy at all times…like me! It runs for $50.00.
New Lion King merchandise was expected to arrive at Animal Kingdom for Animal Kingdom’s Annual Party of the Planet which is taking place April 20 – 22, 2019. This three-day event invites guests to “explore, engage, and connect with the magic of nature.” This will be done through special offerings throughout the park. Learn more about the event here! We are so excited these new merch options arrived just in time for the festivities.
Who is your favorite Lion King character? Let us know in the comments below!