Symbiosis | Disney World

Last Updated on: April 20th, 2024

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Symbiosis was a former film attraction located in The Land Pavilion at EPCOT. It was a 70mm film presentation that explored the delicate balance between humanity and the environment, emphasizing the need for conservation and sustainable practices.

Symbiosis opened in 1982 when EPCOT first debuted and was part of the park’s commitment to providing educational experiences. The film aimed to raise awareness about environmental issues and promote the idea of preserving and protecting our planet.

Narrated by actress Ellen Burstyn, Symbiosis took guests on a cinematic journey through various ecosystems and explored the interconnectedness of all living things. The film showcased the beauty and diversity of nature while also highlighting the human impact on the environment and the importance of responsible stewardship.

Symbiosis featured stunning footage of natural landscapes, wildlife, and ecosystems from around the world. It depicted both the wonders of nature and the potential consequences of human actions that could harm the delicate balance of the planet.

The film encouraged viewers to consider their own role in preserving the environment and offered suggestions on how individuals and communities could make a positive impact. It conveyed a message of environmental responsibility and the need for sustainable practices to ensure a harmonious future for both humanity and the planet.

Over time, Symbiosis underwent updates and changes, reflecting new perspectives and advancements in environmental understanding. The film aimed to inspire and educate guests about the importance of conservation and environmental awareness.

Symbiosis eventually closed, and the theater space underwent transformations to accommodate different attractions and experiences. The area now houses The Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable, a film featuring characters from Disney’s The Lion King that explores similar environmental themes.

While Symbiosis is no longer available at EPCOT, its mission of environmental education and awareness remains an integral part of the park’s ethos. EPCOT continues to offer attractions and experiences that promote environmental stewardship and encourage guests to think about their impact on the world around them.

Fun Facts

  • Symbiosis was an original Epcot attraction, part of the park’s opening day lineup on October 1, 1982. It was located in The Land pavilion.
  • The film was a 70mm documentary focusing on the balance between technological advancement and environmental preservation, reflecting Epcot’s theme of innovation and world harmony.
  • Symbiosis was notable for its cutting-edge cinematography for the time, showcasing stunning visuals of natural landscapes and human environmental impacts across the globe.
  • Running approximately 18 minutes, the film aimed to educate visitors about ecological issues and the importance of conserving the Earth’s natural resources.
  • Symbiosis was replaced in 1995 by “Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable,” a film featuring characters from The Lion King, which continued the theme of environmental awareness.

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