The Circle of Life An Environmental Fable film that has been a staple at The Land Pavilion in Epcot for nearly 23 years will be closing on Feb. 3, 2018.
The space will be used by Disney Performing Arts for student workshops and performance, according to WDW News Today. Those performances will begin Feb. 9, 2018.
The students now hold workshops and performances in a trailer located between the Germany and Italy pavilions. There has been speculation that this may clear the area for the construction of a future country pavilion.
The Circle of Life opened Jan. 25, 1998 and starts with Timon and Pumbaa from “The Lion King” cutting down trees to build the Hakuna Matata Lakeside Village. Simba steps in to remind them that nature, while majestic, is also very fragile: Hakuna matata may be a good philosophy for everyday situations, but choosing not to worry about our planet could spell disaster.
The 70 mm footage incorporates animation and live action documentary footage.