|The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino// (c) Photos 4 Travel.com|
Disney’s The Lion King at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas welcomed its one-millionth guest this weekend during “Fan Appreciation Month,” which capped off the show’s two-year anniversary celebration. The winner was the Welch family from Las Vegas: parents Robert and Shaneka, as well as daughters Rachel, 7, and Kaitlynn, 6. The family saw The Lion King for the first time as a Mother’s Day gift to Shaneka.
For being the one-millionth guest, the 16-year Vegas residents won an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to see The Lion King and Mary Poppins live on Broadway and a two-night stay at Mandalay Bay in a luxurious suite.
“I saw The Lion King for the first time [today], and it was fantastic,” said winner Robert Welch. “It’s unbelievable [to be the millionth guest]; I’m shocked and amazed; I can’t believe it.”
Shaneka Welch added, “The stage, the settings, the costumes- everything was just so beautiful and beyond what I would’ve imagined at all. It was great how they transformed you into the world, and the music was beautiful. It was an amazing show.”
The Lion King has been seen by 55 million people in 18 different productions worldwide since its 1997 premiere.