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Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable

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Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable

Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable
Area The Land pavilion
Status Operating
Opening date January 21, 1995
General statistics
Attraction type Theater
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Theme Environmental
Audience capacity 428 per show
Duration 12:22
Sponsor Nestlé (1995-2009)
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Assistive listening available

Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable is a 70 mm film shown in the Harvest Theater in The Land pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. It opened on January 21, 1995 replacing Symbiosis. Compared to its predecessor, Circle of Life is more an edutainment attraction and more kid-friendly.

In the film Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King are chopping down trees and clogging up rivers to build the Hakuna Matata Lakeside Village. Simba comes to them and explains how their actions are harmful to nature. This lesson is explained with live-action footage, some left over from Symbiosis (with clips of people such as Native Americans, Native Hawaiians and Masai, clips of New York City and other locations such as the Amazon Rainforest, Serengeti, Andes, Las Vegas, Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia, and images of animals such as monkeys, bald eagles, snakes, elephants and wildebeest).


  • Production 1
  • Plot 2
  • Cast 3
  • References 4
  • See also 5
  • External links 6


WDWNT the Magazine Issue explained "The incredibly boring Symbiosis film would be replaced in 1995 with “Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable.” Footage was recycled from Symbiosis into the new film, but by adding animated sequences and a character-driven narrative to the film (inspired by The Lion King)", adding "The 1990s were a decade in which conservation became a hot-button topic, and Circle of Life was there to keep Epcot’s finger on the pulse, so much so that the film holds up quite well and covers environmental issues still facing us 17 years later. "[1]


The film opens with

  • Walt Disney World Resort - Circle of Life
  • Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable at the Internet Movie Database
  • "Circle of Life". Retrieved April 11, 2006. 

External links

See also

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