Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable – Future World – Epcot

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Circle of Life Guide

Description Ride Information Restrictions Location Fun Facts Top 5 Tips

Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable Description

Join Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa from The Lion King (1994) in this whimsical educational film about the environment.

Ride Information

Opening Day: January 21, 1995

Type of Ride: Educational movie

Age Recommendation: All ages

Duration of Ride: 12.5 minutes

Typical Queue Time: Less than 20 minutes, the duration until the next show

Single Rider Line: No

FastPass+: No. Visit our FastPass+ Guide for more information on FastPass+.

Chicken Exit Available: No

Baby Swap Available: No

Type of Vehicle: Theater seat

Type of Restraint: None

Attraction Open During EMH: Yes; evening. See our Extra Magic Hours page for more information.

Ride Photo Available For Purchase: No

Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable Restrictions

Height Requirements: None

Flash Photography or Video Allowed: No

 Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable Location

Shopping: A wide assortment of goods and souvenirs, including apparel, Disney plush dolls, mugs, picture frames, camera equipment, pins, and candy, are available for purchase at Epcot’s premier gift shop, “Mouse Gear.”
Dining/Refreshment: Two popular restaurants, one a full service establishment, the other a counter service eatery, are located in The Land pavilion. The former restaurant, Garden Grill, is situated adjacent to Circle of Life on the upper level of The Land and serves family style character meals, led by Chip ‘n Dale, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Offerings at this unique location, which slowly rotates while you dine, include fruit, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, biscuits and gravy, and cinnamon rolls for breakfast; beef, turkey, sausage and peppers, salad, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and cheese for lunch; and rolls, salad, beef, turkey, fish, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, rice pilaf, and short cake for dinner.
On the lower level of The Land, guests can enjoy a counter service breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Sunshine Seasons. Diverse offerings include chicken, pork chops, turkey sandwiches, salmon, soups, and salads.

Restroom:  Facilities are located near Circle of Life on the upper level of The Land.

Smoking Location: Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only. Epcot smoking areas can be found on our Walt Disney World Designated Smoking Areas page.

Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable Fun Facts

Did you know?

  • Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable explores the relationship between humans and nature. Timon and Pumbaa, who plan to open the “Hakuna Matata Lakeside Village,” add humor to the presentation.
  • Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable is named after “Circle of Life,” a hit song from The Lion King, which is also heard throughout the show.
  • Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable is housed in the Harvest Theater on the second floor of The Land pavilion.
  • Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable replaced “Symbiosis,” a less whimsical film with the same message, which operated in the Harvest Theater from 1982 to 1994.
  • When Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable debuted, Epcot was officially known as “Epcot ’95.” Before receiving its current moniker in 1996, the park was called “EPCOT Center” from 1982 to 1993, “Epcot ‘94” in 1994, and “Epcot ‘95” in 1995.
  • The first voice heard in Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable is that of Mufasa, Simba’s late father.
  • Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable incorporates both animation and live action nature clips. Many of the live action clips were previously seen in Symbiosis.
  • Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable was sponsored by Nestle from its 1995 debut until 2009. The show does not currently have a sponsor.
  • Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable is the oldest attraction based on The Lion King at Walt Disney World. The Animal Kingdom’s Festival of the Lion King, an energetic show with audience participation, music, and acrobatics, debuted in 1998.
  • Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable was the second Walt Disney World attraction based on The Lion King, following “The Legend of the Lion King,” a puppet-based show that operated from 1994 to 2002 in the Magic Kingdom theater now occupied by Mickey’s PhilharMagic.

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Top 5 Tips for Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable

  • Some guests may find this show “preachy,” as the conservation message is overtly enunciated throughout.
  • Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable is best seen during the crowded middle part of the day or when you need a rest. Waits are usually nonexistent, just the duration until the next show.
  • Prepare to laugh. Timon and Pumbaa offer continuous puns and corny jokes.
  • Consider watching The Lion King prior to your visit such as to better appreciate this attraction.
  • Be prepared to have “Circle of Life” stuck in your head for a while after leaving the theater.

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