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The Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable at Epcot Closed for Enhancements

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First Soarin went down for refurbishment and now it appears that another attraction in The Land Pavilion at Epcot has closed for work. The Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable has closed for a lengthy time period while enhancements occur. The attraction, shown via a 70 mm film, showcases characters from The Lion King shares the story of Simba teaching Timon and Pumbaa the importance that the environment plays. The goal is to teach all about how necessary it is to be eco-friendly.

There is no word on what type of work is being done to the attraction at this time, however it is currently slated to return showtimes starting on April 3.

Currently, Guests looking to enjoy The Land Pavilion in Future World may still experience Living with The Land boat ride and eat at the counter service location, Sunshine Seasons.

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7 thoughts on “The Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable at Epcot Closed for Enhancements

  • This film always leaves me a little disturbed. As I recall, Timon and Pumbaa are all set to build luxury condos or a shopping mall or something over some land. And Simba talks them out of it, intimating that it’s a terrible thing to terraform over nature.

    HOWEVER, we’re watching the film in the middle of Walt Disney World which is pretty much 100% terraformed over natural swampland. The irony is a bit too strong there.

    • What makes it worse is that Timon and Pumba want to build a *theme park*. And you’re watching this in a theme park.

      Kind of like when I was on a Disney cruise and they ‘prem-eared’ Wall-E. A movie about humans who floated around on a ‘cruise ship’ all day and ate so much that they turned into fat beach balls. And I’m watching it on a cruise ship after dinner, feeling bloated and… well, you get the idea. 😉

      • Yikes! I have no words about Wall-E.

        (As to Timon, I thought I remembered it was a theme park…but I couldn’t bring myself to believe it! Good grief, Land Pavillion!)

    • The part that disturbed me was when they used footage of a controlled burn (footage carried over from Symbiosis) and represented it as destruction of the land.
      Don’t make stuff up – get footage of a real problem.

      • I don’t like most of the time when attractions close but this one may be in need of replacement. Some of the epcot filmed pieces could stand an update.

  • Garden Grill is still open too.

  • It’s about time!

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