Tarzan Rocks!
at Theater In The Wild

Tarzan and Jane swinging on vines

"Tarzan Rocks!" Takes Audiences on Theatrical Thrill Ride At Disney's Animal Kingdom

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Swinging and singing his way into Disney's Animal Kingdom, Tarzan turns rock 'n' roll star in "Tarzan Rocks!" -- the new stage spectacle debuting July 9 at the newest Walt Disney World theme park. Based on "Tarzan," Walt Disney Pictures' latest animated feature film, "Tarzan Rocks!" brings the emotion of the hit motion picture to life in a high-energy and high-flying 30-minute extravaganza.

Singers, dancers, gymnasts, aerialists and in-line skaters join three of the film's stars -- Tarzan, Jane and Terk -- on stage at the theme park's Theater in the Wild to take guests "on tour" with their new musical road show. Highlights from the movie's soundtrack combine with extreme stunts, spectacular costumes and audience participation to create the kinetic atmosphere.

"This unique show is a stylistic fusion of rock concert spectacle and a classic action/adventure story that creates a theatrical thrill ride," says the show's director, Reed Jones.

Set in the jungle, the outdoor theater is decked with giant vines, in-line skate ramps, cloud swings, live foliage, large trees and Spanish web. The show's costuming creates a primitive and ritualistic mood with colors drawn from the animated film's color palette.

The four-act show features five songs from the film's soundtrack, including the hit single "You'll Be In My Heart."

Written by pop superstar Phil Collins, the collection of songs also features a performance of "Trashin' the Camp," performed by Terk, the wise-cracking girl-gorilla. Terk belts out her best tune as aerialist apes tumble about and pyrotechnics explode on-stage. Terk also leads the audience in an interactive "rock race" and gives guests the chance to practice their very own "Tarzan yell."

And the excitement is not limited to the stage! A virtual jungle gym of stunt equipment fills the theater as the action spills into (and above) the audience.

During the show, Tarzan and Jane soar above the crowd in a lofty ballet and Tarzan makes a thrilling slide rappel over the audience. In-line skaters perform extreme stunts on-stage and make their way into the aisles.

The show's 27 performers return to the stage for the finale, a reprise of "You'll Be In My Heart."

"Tarzan Rocks!" will be presented several times daily in Theater in the Wild, a 1,500-seat amphitheater overlooking Discovery River near DinoLand U.S.A. The show joins the line-up of original and imaginative live shows presented daily throughout Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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