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Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable
General information

The Land Pavilion, Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort


January 21, 1995


February 3, 2018


Film show


428 per show


13 minutes



Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable was a 70 mm short film inspired by The Lion King. It was shown in the Harvest Theater, which is located in The Land Pavilion in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort.

It opened on January 21, 1995, replacing its conceptually similar predecessor Symbiosis. The show closed on February 3, 2018.[1] On January 17, 2020, the short film Awesome Planet took its place.[2]

In the film, Timon and Pumbaa 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 of which was left over from Symbiosis.


The film opens with a montage of animals, some clips left over from the previous attraction, Symbiosis, and playing the song “Circle of Life”. Simba, now king of the Pride Lands, sees Timon and Pumbaa clogging up rivers. He asks what they are planning and Timon replies to him that they are building a non-ecological resort called Hakuna Matata Lakeside Village. Simba tries to tell them that other creatures nearby need water as well, but Timon and Pumbaa brush him off.

Simba decides to then get his point straight to them by telling them about another creature (humans) who is like them. He explains to them how they needed space, power, and food for themselves. They also decide to help nature by studying animals and ending pollution to save the environment. Timon and Pumbaa then decide to take out the dam and give the water back, saying that they've learned their lesson. The film ends with a shorter montage, and the screen fades to black.



  • During the opening montage of the film, a shot of a killer whale from the 1993 film Free Willy could be seen.