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July 2, 1999 – The Live Show Tarzan Rocks Opens in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

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“Two worlds, where primitive meets civilized, where man and beast coexist as one.”

On July 2, 1999, the live-action show Tarzan Rocks opened in the Theater in the Wild in the DinoLand U.S.A. area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. The half-hour show, based on the 1999 animated feature film Tarzan and sponsored by McDonald’s, featured several types of performances, including dancers, inline skaters, and gymnasts in all areas of the theater. Songs from the show were performed by a rock band that occupied a scaffolding on the stage, with the singers acting as narrators for the “Two Worlds Concert Tour.” Halfway through the show, the characters Tarzan and Jane appear to act out scenes from the film before performing complex aerial acrobatics. After this, the stage is taken over by Terk, who starts “Trashing’ the Camp” with audience participation. The show then ends with a musical and dance spectacular to the song “You’ll Be in My Heart.” The show closed on January 21, 2006.

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