Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable to close February 3, 2018
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). In addition to the documentary live-action footage, the film features about two-and-a-half minutes of new animation featuring the characters from The Lion King that was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation.
On January 4, 2018, it was announced that the attraction would be permanently closing on February 3, 2018.