The sun rose on Hollywood Blvd. as guests piled in to the El Capitan Theatre for a special Sunrise Screening of the Disney majesty, THE LION KING! If you weren’t ready to pounce out of bed for this special screening no worries, you’ll still be able to catch the limited engagement in its Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos presentation along with the opportunity to purchase some neat souvenir items now through September 2, 2019!

The Sunrise Screening was a unique treat. Early morning… Disney movie… cereal at the ready… How can you not feel like a kid again?!

Step inside with us now as we take you to the Pridelands for a look at the special one-time only Sunrise Screening of THE LION KING!

Rustle Up Some Grub

Exclusively for the Sunrise Screening, guests were treated to a bowl of cereal and Go-Gurt provided by General Mills and coffee and tea provided by The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf before the start of the film.


Pride of the Savannah

Limited time collectibles are available for purchase at concession stands including a souvenir cup and two popcorn tubs, one of which will look familiar to guests who have visited Disney California Adventure Park this summer.

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Practice Your Curtsy

The fun roared off at 4 a.m. as guests who arrived early got the opportunity to step on stage for a unique Pride Rock photo op! In the iconic theatre’s main lobby there were also plenty of photo opportunities in front of a Mural Wall and a King Mufasa / young Simba photo-op. Downstairs, yet another another photo-op is to be found featuring the Hakuna Matata gang!

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More to Explore

As pleased guests left the theatre, they were treated to additional goodies including a double-sided movie poster, a fan the shape of a paw promoting the film and a Souvenir Ocarina Cup. Ocarinas are an ancient wind instrument and for this souvenir sipper, the handle of the cup actually plays music like an ocarina!


The theater lobby laughs in the face of danger and it’s decorated with some jungle decor to help set the scene. Next door at the Studio Store a selection of Lion King merchandise is available.

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Protect the Pride


These special edition Nala and Simba plush support The Lion King Protect the Pride campaign. They are also available at certain Disney stores, on, and in select U.S. Disney Parks and Resorts locations

MORE INFO: Disney to raise up to $3 million for conservation with new The Lion King PROTECT THE PRIDE campaign

See it for Yourself

The Sunrise Screening was a one-time only offering but you can still enjoy the film during its special enegagement at the El Capitan through September 2.

Tickets available at The El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6 (1-800-347-6396).

  • Daily showtimes at 10:00AM, 1:15PM, 4:30PM, and 7:45PM
  • The film is also screened at 11:00PM on Fridays and Saturdays
  • A one-time only SUNRISE SCREENING at 6:00AM on July 19

Special group rates of $10 for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110. Showtimes and dates are subject to change.

THE LION KING is playing at the El Capitan Theatre from July 18 to September 2, 2019.