The Lion King Turns 20! 10 Ways to Celebrate

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There are some movies that you watch and the experience is just keeping your eyes focused on a screen for two hours. Then there are those other movies; films that touch you, move you, and that find a place in your heart … permanently. The kind of film that is timeless and continues to feel fresh and relevant no matter when it was produced. Disney’s The Lion King is one of those films.

I was reminded of the power and majesty of this still-as-popular-as-ever-film this month because it is celebrating its 20th, yes 20th anniversary. And you know what? It is shocking, yes shocking, to realize that it has been 20 years since I first met Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Scar and the rest of the unforgettable animals. It seems like just yesterday when it debuted. While I may have sprouted a few gray hairs and developed a few random wrinkles, the legacy of this tale is totally ageless.

The Lion King is the kind of story us parents pass down to children, a story that is so poignant that the stage production has made history with it’s record breaking success. And The Lion King was the most successful animated film ever until it was recently surpassed by FrozenThis just illustrates the power of great storytelling, tales that touch generations, in so many different ways, over a course of decades. In honor of this anniversary, I’ve put together ten ways to celebrate this milestone from treats to crafts. Join me as we celebrate the legacy of a true classic.

Lion King Cupcake 1 of 10
My daughter and I made these Lion King inspired cupcakes and it was ridiculously easy.

We just took a standard vanilla cake mix, made our cupcakes, and then made a butter cream frosting (with a little orange tint). We then bought one of those icing tubes from our local supermarket in black to create the eyes, nose and mouth. We finished the culinary creation off with packaged kettle corn.

Best of all, it's an easy decorating project for kids! My daughter had the BEST time making these...oh and they are delicious too.

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Charm Bracelet Craft 2 of 10
This project is so incredibly cool and makes a great keepsake.

Disney family has the instructions and the charm print-outs for this awesome piece of homemade jewelry. You can learn how to make them right here.

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Simba Hummus 3 of 10
This has got to be the CUTEST hummus EVER. And the best thing, it's easy to do! It's just hummus, chips, red pepper, radishes and olives. You can get the recipe for this delicious Simba right here.

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Lion King 20th Anniversay Items at the Parks 4 of 10
To celebrate the one and only Lion King there are limited edition items being sold at the Disney Parks like this super stylish T-shirt. Head over to Disneyland or Disney World to pick some of this anniversary merch.

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See Lion King on Broadway 5 of 10
Happen to be in New York City or in one of the cities where the touring stage production of The Lion King is taking place? Now is a perfect time to see the story come to life. You can see where the show is headed next right here.

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Watch Lion King 6 of 10
Yes, as simple as it sounds, this is a perfect way to pay tribute to one of the most beloved animated films of all time, watch the The Lion King with the whole family. And while the DVD is currently in the "Disney Vault" many of us (like me) have the movie in our collection.

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Watch Lion King 2- Simba's Pride Too 7 of 10
The Lion King saga continues with The Lion King 2 - Simba's Pride, the follow up film that follows Simba daughter's adventures.

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Get Read for The Lion Guard 8 of 10
In time for The Lion King's 20th anniversary, it was announced that a spin-off TV show is in the works. The Disney Junior series will follow Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala. "The show will focus on conservation education, the importance of family and community, while also highlighting creative problem-solving skills and diversity."

Sounds pretty great, right? Well, you'll have to wait until Fall 2015 to see it, that is when it is slated to debut.

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Listen to the Lion King 9 of 10
"I Just Can't Wait to Be King ,""Can You Feel the Love Tonight," and "Circle of Life," those are just three of the totally unforgettable songs from The Lion King. In honor of this musical masterpiece, a CD set entitled Legacy Collection: The Lion Kingwill be released on June 24th. The two-disc set includes the original soundtrack, 30 minutes of unreleased score, and liner notes from the producer, Don Hahn, and composer, Hans Zimmer. You can pre-order it right here.

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Make Lion King Inspired Cookies 10 of 10
How adorable are these cookies? And they are surprising easy to make. You can get the recipe from Disney Family right here.

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