An opening day attraction, Journey Into the Jungle Book was the first show to take place in the “Theater in the Wild” at Animal Kingdom. The show told the story of the Jungle Book using characters in elaborate pupetteered costumes.
From the WDW Press Release: The music and characters from the film step right out of what appears to be a giant, multi-plane picture book on stage. The show follows the story as the man-child, Mowgli, is raised among wolf cubs in the heart of an Indian jungle. He is befriended by Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther, threatened by wily snake Kha, and the fierce Bengal tiger, Shere Kahn, as he reluctantly makes his way back to the ìman village.
After only a year in the theater, Journey Into the Jungle Book closed in April of 1999 to make way for a new show, Tarzan Rocks!