This post is about how to get tickets to The Lion King on Broadway, a remarkable tale of hope and adventure.
We include discounted tickets, lotteries, and a 2-for-1 deal.
- How Much Are Tickets?
- Lion King Lottery
- 2-for-1 Tickets
- Other Potential Discounts
- Discounts to Other Shows
- Things to Do in NYC
HOW MUCH ARE LION KING TICKETS?
Tickets on sale through StubHub will usually run you anywhere from $168 midweek for mezzanine seating to anywhere from $200 to $350 for premium seating.
Weekends or Friday night show prices begin at $150 for mezzanine seating to $240 for premium orchestra seating.
However, as you will see in the next section, you can get tickets for just $30.
As of September 2023, there is only one way to get daily, discounted tickets to The Lion King: through an online lottery.
While some tourist passes will offer deals on Broadway tickets now and then, there are not currently any services offering such a discount.
There is also usually a special 2-for-1 ticket deal from mid-January to mid-February and again in early to mid-September.
New York Discount Passes
If you are considering purchasing a tourist attraction discount pass, then keep in mind that many New York passes will offer coupon codes for Broadway tickets.
And at times they might even offer free tickets.
As of September 2023, there aren't currently any passes offering discounts or free Broadway tickets.
That said, you might still want to check and see if any of these services have added this type of deal to their pass:
It's worth noting that these passes will also frequently offer tours of Broadway, so if you're looking for more things to do in the area, they've got you covered!
To find out if getting a tourist pass is right for you, our post, New York City Attraction Passes: Which One Is the Best to Buy will help you make that decision.
The Lion King Lottery
A digital lottery (entered online, not in person) is a random drawing where the winners receive deep discounts on any number of Broadway shows.
Only a very limited number of tickets are offered through lottery systems.
When and how to enter the lottery:
Lottery entries for each performance will be accepted the day before a performance between 9 am and 3 pm that same day.
To enter the lottery, click Lion King Ticket Lottery.
There you will see the performances for the next day. Only one date is listed at a time.
You can choose an evening performance and on some days, matinee performances are available as well.
Click ENTER for the performance you want to attend and fill out the entry form.
After the lottery closes at 3 pm, you will be notified via email within minutes as to whether you won or not.
You can also check to see if you won. Click here to check your status.
If you are selected as a winner, you have just 60 minutes from the time of email notification to purchase the tickets, or you will lose them.
The ticket price is $35 per ticket. You can buy a maximum of two (2) tickets.
You must pay with a credit card.
Keep these important things in mind when you enter the lottery:
- You won't be able to choose your seats. Seating is at the discretion of the box office.
- It's possible that your seats may have a partially obstructed view.
- Do not enter more than once for a single performance as your entries will result in disqualification from the lottery.
Broadway Week 2 for 1 Tickets
Aside from the lottery, there is only one other option for discounted tickets to The Lion King.
Twice a year, Broadway Week takes place. It runs through mid-January to mid-February and again early to mid-September
You can get 2-for-1 tickets for many of the best Broadway shows and musicals.
Pay close attention to when the tickets for The Lion King go on sale because they will sell out quickly.
The Lion King is still one of the most popular musicals on Broadway, so there are not many discount ticket opportunities.
Below are other discount opportunities that many other shows offer but, as of September 2023, the Lion King does not offer. But this can change.
We update this post every 6 months so keep checking back!
Check out our post about Discount Broadway Tickets to see what other deals you can get for other Broadway and off-Broadway shows.
And if you would enjoy learning more about Broadway, join our Broadway and the Theater District Tour!
A well-known day-of-show discount ticket service run by TDF (Theatre Development Fund).
There are two TKTS booths where you stand in line to purchase tickets for certain shows that are usually 30% to 50% off box office prices.
Whether or not the show you want to see has tickets available depends on how many tickets that show has made available and how many people have bought tickets.
Goldstar, Groupon, and Living Social
These discount websites offer regular discounts of up to 50% off of many shows in NYC.
Rush tickets are another inexpensive way to see a show, though it can involve a bit of time spent in line.
Rush tickets were started with the idea that affordable tickets should be made available for every show.
Rush tickets are offered only on the day of the performance at the box office of each show (check what times that theater's box office opens, usually 10 am).
There are a few types of ticket rushes: General Rush tickets, Student Rush tickets and standing-room-only tickets.
As of September 2023, there are no Rush or Standing Room tickets for The Lion King, but there are other shows.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE LION KING
The show is playing at Minskoff Theatre (map) at 200 W 45th St in Times Square.
The show is two and a half hours long with one intermission.
Performances take place on:
- Tuesday through Thursday at 7 pm
- Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
- Wednesday & Saturday at 2 pm
- Sunday at 3 pm
About the show
The show opened in 1997 and has been running ever since.
The show has won several Tony Awards including Best Musical. The unforgettable music was composed by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice.
The show is directed by Julie Taymor and the musical book was written by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi.
DISNEY ON BROADWAY TOUR
If you're interested in learning about the history behind Disney's musicals on Broadway and getting a look behind the scenes, Take Walks offers an exclusive tour on this subject.
In addition to getting special access to the New Amsterdam Theatre, you'll also have the chance to try on some of the costumes and props from productions like Disney's The Lion King and Mary Poppins.
Aside from a behind-the-scenes visit to a theatre, you'll also visit notable locations in Times Square and on Broadway.
Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 25 guests in order to ensure that crowds don't get too big.
- $72/Adults, Students | $55/Children
- Winter/Spring Availability: Mon, Fri & Sat at 9:30 am
- Summer/Fall Availability: Mon, Thu-Sat at 9:30 am
- Includes admission to New Amsterdam Theatre.
- Includes the opportunity to try on actual costumes and props.
- Purchase tickets or learn more.
- Not currently available as of October 2022.