Walt Disney World to Permanently Close Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable

We have learned about another closure coming to Walt Disney World in early 2018.  Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable, located at The Land Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World, is the next attraction on the chopping block.  The attraction will close forever after the final show on February 3, 2018.  Disney plans to use for the space for Disney Performing Arts, a youth program for various performance arts.  The space will be used for performances and classes by the group, temporarily.  The theater is expected to be used for a long-term attraction at some point in the future, but we don’t have any confirmation as to what that attraction will be or what the theme for the attraction might be.

The Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable is an live action movie that lasts around 20 minutes.  The movie features the popular and lovable characters from The Lion King, Timon and Pumbaa. In the movie, Timon and Pumbaa educate all of the guests on the importance of protecting and caring for our environment.  The attraction first opened in January 21st, 1995 and hasn’t seen very much change since it first opened.  The attraction isn’t very popular and never has much of a wait other than the wait for the next show to start, so it isn’t a surprise that Disney would close this attraction and use the opportunity to create something new and more updated for guests to enjoy.

Who plans to go over and check out the Circle of Life attraction one more time before it closes forever?


About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!