The Lion King

A TDF Autism-Friendly Performance

Theatre Development Fund’s Autism Theatre Initiative
is proud to present an autism-friendly performance of

The Lion King

at the Minskoff Theatre (200 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036)

Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm.

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.

Please note you do not need to be a TDF member to purchase tickets.

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 companioned by two hilarious and unlikely friends, 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.


  • 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. Please note this if you are accompanying an individual prone to running.

What They're Saying!


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


"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"

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

 Limit 8 tickets per order. 

Wheelchair tickets will be available to be purchased online.

For larger groups email for the GROUP ACCESS CODE 

PLEASE NOTE: Since TDF obtained every seat in the theatre for this special performance, THIS IS THE ONLY OFFICIAL SITE TO OBTAIN TICKETS to this autism-friendly performance on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 1:00 PM. 

Running time: Two hours and thirty minutes, including one fifteen minute intermission.  

TDF wishes to acknowledge the following donors for their generous support of the Autism Theatre Initiative: 

The Theodore H. Barth Foundation
Helene Berger Foundation
Al Berr
The Bulova Stetson Fund
Dylandale Foundation
The FAR Fund
The Joseph H. Flom Foundation
The Friars Foundation
Harry S. Black and Allon Fuller Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
Joseph Gordon
Debra Hazelwood
McGraw Hill Financial
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
New York Collaborates for Autism from the proceeds of Comedy Central's 2015 Night of Too 
            Many Stars
New York State Council on the Arts
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
The SAP Charitable Fund
Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation
Seventh District Foundation
The Taft Foundation
TJX Companies

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.