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A TDF Autism Friendly Performance

Enjoy Disney's beloved Broadway musical in an inclusive environment

The Lion King TDF Autism Friendly Performance


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The Lion King Autism Friendly Performance

Minskoff Theatre
200 West 45th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues
New York City

Sunday, October 1 at 1 p.m.

Ticket prices:
Orchestra: $79
Front Mezzanine: $73
Mid Mezzanine: $65
Rear Mezzanine: $50

Limit eight (8) tickets per order. Wheelchair-accessible seats will be available.


This is a special performance for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as people with other developmental or cognitive disabilities who may benefit, not for the general public.

You do not need to be a TDF member to purchase tickets.

Age recommendation: The show is recommended for ages 6 and up. All persons entering the theatre must have a ticket regardless of age. Children under age 2 will not be admitted.

Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes including a 15-minute intermission

About the show: Based on the animated blockbuster of the same name, Disney's Tony-winning musical The Lion King has been experienced by more than 100 million people worldwide. It's the story of Simba, an adventurous lion cub who is next in line to be king of the Pride Lands, a region in the African savanna. An unexpected tragedy forces him to flee but eventually he returns to claim his place in the circle of life.

Content warnings:

  • At the start of Acts I and II, there is a large procession through the orchestra aisles. Please note this when choosing seat locations.
  • There are scary moments in Act I, including an onstage stampede and Simba's father Mufasa falling from a cliff.
  • There are ramps at the edge of the stage that only the actors are meant to use. Please note this when choosing seat locations.

Accessibility: This theatre has escalators and limited access to an elevator. Wheelchair accessible. Accessible restrooms are available.

COVID-19 safety information: Masks are optional but encouraged for all guests. Seating will be at full capacity.

What they're saying:

"The breathtakingly staged Broadway adaptation of Disney's king of the cartoon jungle is an instant theatre classic." -Entertainment Weekly

"Awe-inspiring! Broadway theatre is alive again. Julie Taymor's imaginative ideas seem limitless. It's a gorgeous, gasp-inducing spectacle. Most important— against all odds—it has innocence. The show appeals to our primal, childlike excitement in the power of theatre to make us see things afresh." - TIME Magazine

What makes the performance autism-friendly?
To create an autism-friendly performance, the show is performed in a welcoming, supportive environment for individuals on the autism spectrum, with sensory and communication disorders, or learning disabilities. Slight adjustments to lighting and sound will be made. In the downstairs theatre lobby, there will be a break area staffed by specialists in the field in case anyone needs to leave the theatre during the show. A downloadable Event Narrative with pictures of the theatre and the production will be available on this page, designed to personalize the experience for individuals wishing to prepare for the show. Additional resources for this performance such as a Character Guide and Guide to Attending the Show will also be available.

Peruse The Lion King Logistics Guide

View The Lion King Character Guide

Read The Lion King Event Narrative

Explore The Lion King Visual Checklist

We can make no assurances that this performance will be suitable for everyone with autism. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for their children's viewing and engagement with the performance.

TDF wishes to acknowledge the following donors for their generous support of TDF Autism Friendly Performances:

Anonymous, Darlene and Stuart Altschuler, Theodore H. Barth Foundation, Harry S. Black & Allon Fuller Fund, Bradley Butwin, The FAR Fund, The Joseph H. Flom Foundation, Eric Grossman, Howard Gilman Foundation, O'Melveny, Jonathan Rosenberg, Seventh District Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Taft Foundation, Ronald and Catherine Weiss in honor of Joseph Flom

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council's Committee on Mental Health, Disability, and Addictions. This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.