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The Lion King was one of my favorite movies when I was a little girl. Granted, it might have had a little bit to do with my crush on JTT, voice of young Simba, but it is still a fabulous movie. It is funny, heartwarming, and has a great lesson. It still makes me laugh, cry, and even get a little bit scared when we first see Scar. I now have two young daughters, and they love this movie just as much as I did when I was a young girl. I was thrilled to find out it is being released as part of The Signature Collection, and will be available on blu-ray August 29th!
To celebrate, Disney sent us the movie along with a super fun movie night kit. We decided to have another super fun Disney Movie Night Under the Stars like we did with Bambi, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Beauty and the Beast! I thought it would be super fun to put some of my daughter’s blocks out to act as the famous fallen tree Timon, Pumbaa, & Simba walk across. We must have walked across it singing Hakuna Matata at least 20 times before the movie even started.
The Outdoor Movie Night Set Up
In case you missed it before, here is what you need in order to create your movie night under the stars set-up:
- Portable pocket projector
- Tailgater speaker
- iPhone adapter or Android adapter
- HDMI Cable
- Outdoor Projector Screen or even just the side of the house or a white sheet!
Simply connect your phone to the speaker and projector using the adapter and the HDMI cable. Be sure the projector is lined up with your projector screen, sheet, or side of the house evenly. This way the movie will be straight and easier to watch, instead of an an angle. Then use Disney Movies Anywhere to pull up the movie you want to watch, in this case The Lion King, and hit play! Then all that is left to do is relax and enjoy the movie with your family!
Set the Scene with Snacks
One of my daughters favorite parts about The Lion King is when Simba first eats the bugs. They squeal and laugh – and it is adorable. I decided that a super easy (and cute) snack for The Lion King would be some bugs. No, not real bugs, but we went all out with the bug theme! The first thing we got was lots of gummy worms. They are a favorite snack of ours anyways, so this was an obvious choice for us.
I wanted a healthy and fun snack to add to the menu as well, so I made ladybugs on leaves. It was actually really easy, really delicious, and only has a handful of ingredients. I halved tomatoes, put them on a basil leaf, and then put those on bagel chips. My daughters LOVE them. They had so much fun pretending they were eating bugs and kept saying “slimy, yet, satisfying!”.
No movie night is complete without some fun decor to set the ambiance! Of course we had to lay out our Lion King Jungle Tapestry for the girls to play on. I decided to keep warm by enjoying my coffee in my awesome Lion King mug while watching Simba and friends. My daughters cuddled their Simba and Nala plushes that we got at Disney our last trip, and I set out my Simba Funko Pop! Vinyl Figure to watch with us.
We just loved having a themed The Lion King movie night to celebrate the release on The Signature Collection. It was super easy – and most of all – fun! If you have little ones who are fans, or fans yourself, I highly having your own!
This Disney animated feature follows the adventures of the young lion Simba (Zoe Leader), the heir of his father, Mufasa (Ernie Sabella). Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar (Rowan Atkinson), plots to usurp Mufasa’s throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed. Simba returns as an adult (Jeremy Irons) to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) and Pumbaa (Cheech Marin).
The Lion King Comes Home on Blu-Ray August 29th!