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Circle of Life in Future World

The Circle of Life attraction at Disney World is located in Epcot’s Future World.

A welcome break from the hot Florida sun, it is a documentary-style film that is both fun and educational for people of all ages. Simba acts as the voice of reason and is clearly not happy with what Timon and Pumbaa have done.

Opened in 1995, the film features several familiar characters from Disney’s The Lion King and informs you about important facts regarding our impact on the environment and the importance of environmental conservation.

The Circle of Life is shown in a 450-seat air-conditioned theater.

Because of its large capacity, visitors rarely have to wait very long to view the film.

The waiting room features a number of facts about the environment to read about before entering the theater.

Simba, Timon & Pumbaa

The premise of the film is based around character Timon and Pumbaa, who are planning on building a ‘Hakuna Matata Lakeside Village’.

In order to do so, the duo begin to cut down trees and and start building dams around local rivers.

Simba acts as the voice of reason and is clearly not happy with what Timon and Pumbaa have done.

He explains to the pair that the environment and nature are very fragile and their carefree actions can have negative consequences.

The first part of the film is animated in the style of The Lion King and Disney fans will see Timon, Pumbaa and a grown-up Simba.

After an initial introduction, Simba and his friends provide narration to live action clips that illustrate the evolution of humans from hunter-gatherers, to farmers and finally to the modern day.

Environmental Consequences

Simba then goes on to explain that all this growth has led to negative environmental consequences as footage of fallen trees, traffic jams and oil spills is shown to you.

As dire as things look, the trio discovers some steps that man can take to reduce their impact on the environment and become overall more environmentally friendly.

This includes finding greener sources of energy, researching environmental issues and keeping a close eye on endangered habitats and species.

Engaging in these activities around the world can help the environment for years to come.

In response to what they’ve just learned, Timon and Pumbaa decide to remove the dams they created in order to restore water flow to other animals located downstream.

Simba Roars

In the film’s final scene, the trio is shown standing above the plains as water returns to the region.

Flocks of birds fly overhead as elephants return to the streams to drink water.

Simba then unleashes a triumphant roar over the valley as the movie comes to an end.

In total, The Circle of Life lasts approximately 15 minutes and provides an excellent introduction to green living and environmental conservation to younger children.

The film’s documentary style includes panoramic footage from over 30 countries and is complemented by a number of animated scenes to keep little ones engaged.

Adults and older children will also appreciates the film’s message, which reminds us all about the importance of the environment.

By Marie Ospina
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