Just one year after 1994’s record-breaking debut of “The Lion King,” Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa appeared in another film: “The Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable.” While the original Disney animated feature was a worldwide phenomenon, this follow-up could only be found playing in a single theater. Featuring a combination of animated and live action sequences highlighting a variety of environmental issues, “The Circle of Life” was made to be exclusively shown at Epcot’s “The Land” pavilion, where its run continues to this day.
However, in recent years, most of the guests who rush into “The Land” make a beeline for “Soarin’ Around the World,” completely missing the unassuming entrance to this conservation-theme presentation. As a result, Timon and Pumbaa seem to have made it their job to let everyone know where their film can be viewed and, more importantly, which one of them is the star. A series of comical signs featuring the two characters bickering over who gets top billing point the way from the pavilion’s entrance all the way to the entrance of the “Circle of Life” theater, no doubt catching the eye of many young (and young-at-heart) fans along the way.