While fighting about who was supposed to watch Kiara, Pumbaa calls Timon a 'fat fat fatty', which is exactly what Matthew Broderick (Simba) called Nathan Lane (Timon) in their fight in the Broadway play 'The Producers'.
"Vitani" was originally "Shetani." It is possible to hear characters refer to her by that name. It means "Devil" in Kiswahili, however, and Disney may have thought it was inappropriate, thereby changing it to something a little less offensive. "Vitani" has no meaning in the Kiswahili language, from which most of the characters' names are drawn.
Most of the original cast reprised their roles from the original, with the notable exceptions of Rowan Atkinson - who was replaced by Edward Hibbert as the voice of Zazu the Hornbill in this film and its follow-up/predecessor _The Lion King 1½ (2004)_ - and Jeremy Irons, who was replaced by Jim Cummings as the voice of Scar in this film.
Suzanne Pleshette and Jason Marsden portray mother and son, Zira and Kovu. Three years following this film, the two actors went on to voice characters with a similar relationship in the award winning Hayao Miyazaki animated feature, "Spirited Away."
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
Originally, when Nuka died, his last words were not "I'm sorry mother, I tried", but "I'm sorry mother, I tried. I guess I finally got your attention, didn't I?" This extended scene was not included in the final release.
Originally, when Zira dies in the end, she said "No, never" when Kiara offered her help, and let go of the rocks on purpose, thus killing herself. This extended scene was not included in the final release.