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Marvel at the wonders of nature in this delightful film that combines animation, live action and your favorite "Lion King" characters.

Timon wants to open a non-ecological resort, but Pumbaa and Simba realize how important the different kinds of plants and animals are to the health of the planet. After all, they're part of the Circle of Life.

    Attraction facts
  • Grand opening: January 21, 1995
  • Theater size: 428 seats
  • Show capacity: 1,062 guests per hour
  • Show duration: 12 minutes 22 seconds
  • Sponsor: Nestlé

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 September 7, 1996, replacing Symbiosis. Compared to the said film, Circle of Life is more an edutainment attraction and more kid-friendly.

The production was directed by Bruce Morris of Walt Disney Feature Animation with Paul Justman, a well-known music video producer, responsible for live-action sequences.


The carpeted walls illustrate winds sweeping seeds across open spaces to germination, and on to a full fledged plant sending out its own seeds, the cycle is repeated perpetually through the room and in the larger world beyond.

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In this 20 minute 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.

Hidden Mickeys:

Look out for the baseball cap of the man driving a harvester.

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