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Simba's coronation
Event Information

Pride Rock


Uncle Max


Pride Lands are restored
Simba becomes king


The Lion King
The Lion King 1½
The Lion King (2019 film)

It is time.

Simba's coronation is a ceremony in which Simba reclaims the Pride Lands from Scar and takes his rightful place in the Circle of Life.


The Lion King


After cornering Scar at the summit of Pride Rock, Simba offers his uncle the chance to live in banishment. Unwilling to accept this punishment, Scar hurls hot embers into Simba's eyes and attacks him. For a few seconds, Simba is down, but he quickly gets up and engages Scar in a brutal fight. A hard smack from Scar sends Simba on his back. Scar then jumps to deliver the final blow, but Simba flips Scar and sends him over the edge of Pride Rock. Scar isn't killed by the fall, but the hyenas appear and make it clear that they are no longer allied with him. More hyenas surround their former leader as he pleads for his life, but is ignored by their hunger and vengeance. They proceed to attack, kill and devour him alive as the flames rise around them.

The Coronation

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Simba embracing Rafiki

After rain falls on the Pride Lands and extinguishes the fire, Simba walks down to greet Sarabi, Nala, Timon, Pumbaa, Zazu, and the rest of the pride. Rafiki rattles his stick to get Simba's attention and motions for him to ascend Pride Rock. Simba then walks over to Rafiki, and as Rafiki bows down to him, Simba embraces him before Rafiki tells him that it is time. Simba then climbs up Pride Rock, and as he reaches the promontory, he looks at the hole through the rain clouds to see a patch of stars, one of them shining brightly.

Upon hearing Mufasa's voice telling him to "remember," Simba gains courage, confidence, and strength, and roars out over his reclaimed kingdom, and the rest of the pride roars back in approval of their new king. Many years later, we see the Pride Lands restored and the presentation of Simba and Nala's newborn cub.

The Lion King 1½

After defeating the hyenas, Timon, Pumbaa, Ma, and Uncle Max gather to witness Simba climbing Pride Rock to formalize his title as king. Simba sees Timon and Pumbaa, who are watching him. They bow to him, and Simba friendly hugs them, declaring that he wouldn't have been able to win without them. Then Simba ascends Pride Rock and, roaring, becomes king. Timon struggles not to cry in amazement as he watches Simba. Afterward, Ma asks Timon if he had found what he was looking for. He admits that he had found a place beyond his wildest dreams, but that it still was not home.

The Lion King

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Simba ascends Pride Rock to take his place as king

After Scar's defeat and death, the rains arrive, putting out the flames and ending the battle. Simba emerges from the smoke, victorious from his battle, and approaches his fellow pride members. After being marked by Rafiki, Simba ascends the peak of Pride Rock, where he hears his father's voice in the clouds telling him to "remember." With newfound strength, Simba roars across the Pride Lands, taking his place as the Lion King. Seasons later, all the animals return to Pride Rock under the reign of King Simba and Queen Nala for the presentation of their newborn son, who is presented to the Pride Lands as the future Lion King.


The History of the Pride Lands

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