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The Lion King at Mandalay Bay Celebrates 2nd Anniversary on The Strip

Derrick Williams, Jelani Remy, Buyi Zama, Kissy Simmons & Thom Sesma -588
Disney’s THE LION KING
at Mandalay Bay celebrated its second anniversary on the Strip this weekend (Pictured above: Derrick Williams, Jelani Remy, Buyi Zama, Kissy Simmons & Thom Sesma – Photo Credit: Bryan Haraway).  

Since the show’s debut in 2009, THE LION KING has captured the imagination of nearly one million locals and tourists. Following the Sunday evening performance, the show’s cast and crew gathered to celebrate the occasion with champagne and a spectacular LION KING cake standing four feet tall and weighing 75 pounds in a magnificent portrayal of Simba’s mask and body.

THE LION KING 2nd Anniversary Cake
THE LION KING 2nd Anniversary Cake

Photo Credit: Bryan Haraway.

Designed by Mandalay Bay’s Executive Pastry Chef Vincent Pilon with Cake Decorator Brittany Harris, the chocolate mousse cake featured a mask made of Rice Krispies Treats covered in modeling chocolate, and a lion’s mane constructed with dried, edible grass. Pilon and Harris worked all week creating the cake sculpture, molding each of its thousand-plus edible chocolate beads on the corset by hand. For the non-chocolate enthusiasts, mini vanilla cakes with roasted pineapple filling were constructed to look like Pride Rock. The cast and crew took turns taking pictures with the outstanding cake and toasted to a successful two years on the Strip.

In celebration of its second year on the Strip, THE LION KING has introduced its first locals’ ticket offer just for children. For weekend matinee performances in the month of May, each adult purchasing a full-price ticket can purchase two child tickets for only $15. This special offer for local families is a way for THE LION KING to thank the Las Vegas community for its support since the show’s May 2009 debut.

Tickets can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay Box Office or the MGM Resorts Call Center at 877-632-7000. Mention “ROAR” for purchase. The ticket offer is available for the 4 p.m. performance of THE LION KING every Saturday and Sunday in the month of May with a valid Nevada ID. Children must be under the age of 17; maximum two child tickets per one adult ticket. Recommended viewing age for THE LION KING is six years and older.

THE LION KING was named the city’s “Best Show” by the staff of the Las Vegas Review-Journal in its annual “Best of Las Vegas” awards, while Las Vegas Magazine said THE LION KING “… transcends cultural boundaries and the limits of the imagination” and CityLife called it “…flat-out brilliant.” Within nine weeks of opening, THE LION KING broke the Mandalay Bay box office record and continued to break its own record four more times.