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Mickey Mouse and his good friend, Minnie, have just settled in for a welcome respite and a cold lemonade. Winnie the Pooh and his Hundred-Acre Wood pals are taking a break from their latest great adventure for a "smackeral" of relaxation. Rafiki, Terk and other beloved Disney friends have arrived to enjoy their favorite vacation escape, the Adirondack-style Camp Minnie-Mickey at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The "land" where Disney guests can meet their favorite characters, Camp Minnie-Mickey, is a child’s paradise of woodland trails and "meet-and-greet" pavilions nestled in a Northeastern forest of cedar and birch trees. It also is home to two new theater shows worth taking a vacation to see: "Festival of the Lion King" based on the classic Disney film, and "Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends," with Pocahontas and her favorite live woodland animals telling a story of their forest habitat.

Disney guests who venture to Camp Minnie-Mickey will discover authentic touches throughout. Benches and other furniture were handcrafted by artisans from the Adirondacks. Each trail that leads to a character meeting spot is themed to set the scene for an exciting character encounter.

As guests cross a wood-hewn bridge from Discovery Island to Camp Minnie-Mickey, they stroll alongside a babbling brook to find life-like images of Mickey, Goofy and Donald Duck at their favorite fishing hole.

From there, they can choose a trail that leads to their favorite characters. Next, it’s showtime.

At Grandmother Willow’s Grove, Pocahontas takes the stage to help discover the secret to saving America’s forests and the creatures that live there. With Grandmother Willow’s help and the participation of a live armadillo, red-tailed hawk, skunk, boa constrictor and several rabbits, Pocahontas and her audience learn that only humans can save the forests. The 12-minute show, "Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends," is presented in the tree-shaded, 350-seat amphitheater.

Parade pageantry, stunning performances and spectacular floats and sets bring "Festival of the Lion King" to life at Lion King Theater, a hexagonal timber structure with the atmosphere of an Adirondack summer theater. Simba and other animal heroes of "The Lion King" star with remarkable singers, dancers and acrobatic performers costumed in African tribal garb or dressed to depict exotic animals from Africa.

Popular songs performed from the film include "The Circle of Life," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" and "I Just Can’t Wait to be King." The 28-minute performance is staged eight times daily.

 
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