A TDF Autism-Friendly Performance

The Lion King



Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street, New York, NY
1 p.m., Sunday, September 29, 2019

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.

About the show:

A lively stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1994 Disney film, The Lion King is the story of a young lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands. Born into the royal family, precocious cub Simba spends his days exploring the sprawling savanna grasslands and idolizing his kingly father, Mufasa, while youthfully shirking the responsibility his position in life requires. When an unthinkable tragedy, orchestrated by Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, takes his father’s life, Simba flees the Pride Lands, leaving his loss and the life he knew behind. Eventually befriended by two hilarious and unlikely pals, Simba starts anew. But when weight of responsibility and a desperate plea from the now ravaged Pride Lands come to find the adult prince, Simba must take on a formidable enemy, and fulfill his destiny to be king. A vibrant and exciting tale from the great creatives at Disney, The Lion King is a story of love and redemption that nobody should miss.

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

"Awe-inspiring! Broadway theater 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 theater to make us see things afresh." -Time Magazine 


Running time:
 Two hours and thirty minutes, including one fifteen minute intermission. There will be a talkback featuring cast members and a Disney teaching artist following the performance.



  • At the beginning of the show and at the beginning of the second act there is a large procession through the orchestra in the aisles. Please note this when choosing seat locations.
  • There are potentially scary moments in the first act with an on stage stampede and Mufasa falling from a cliff.
  • There are ramps at the edge of the stage that only the actors are meant to us. Please note this when choosing seat locations.
  • Disney recommends this show for children 6 years of age and up

What makes it autism-friendly:

To create an autism-friendly performance, the show is being 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 for the performance. In the downstairs theatre lobby there will be a break area staffed by specialists in the field, if anyone needs to leave his or her seats during the show.

A downloadable Social Narrative (in Word format) 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.

Ticket prices:

  • Orchestra: $79
  • Front Mezzanine: $73
  • Mid Mezzanine: $65
  • Rear Mezzanine: $50
Wheelchair tickets will be available to be purchased online.

Limit 8 tickets per order. For groups of more than 8, email autism@tdf.org. Please note you do not need to be a TDF member to purchase tickets.

AVOID SCAMS! THIS IS THE ONLY OFFICIAL SITE TO OBTAIN TICKETS to this autism-friendly performance on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 1 p.m. Tickets purchased from other sellers are not valid.

TDF Autism Friendly Performances are funded in part by:


Darlene and Stuart Altschuler, The Theodore H. Barth Foundation, Helene & Ilene Berger, Harry S. Black and Allon Fuller Fund, Liv It Up & The David and Polly D'Addario Family, The FAR Fund, Joseph H. Flom Foundation, The Walter F. and Alice Gorham Foundation, NEXT for AUTISM from the proceeds of Night of Too Many Stars, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Council, Speaker Corey Johnson, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, S&P Global, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, The Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation, Seventh District Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Laura Slack, Smart Family Foundation, The Taft Foundation, Eva Wirth.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

If you too would like to support the work of the Autism Friendly Performances, please make a donation.

We can make no assurances that these performances will be suitable for everyone with autism. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for their child’s viewing and engagement with these performances.