Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library

As announced on January 23, 2003 and with its details unveiled on March 25, 2003, The Lion King was released on DVD for the first time as a Walt Disney Platinum Edition title in October 7, 2003, in which this new version debuted in IMAX theaters on December 25, 2002. The price of the DVD was $29.99, a deflation of 9% from its original 1995 price.



Experience the power and majesty that is The Lion King! With its unforgettable story, Academy Award-winning music, breathtaking animation and beloved characters, you'll be inspired by the tale of Simba, the feisty lion cub who "just can't wait to be king," and his journey to claim his place in the "Circle Of Life."

Now, in this dazzling 2-disc Special Edition, "there is more to see than has ever been seen" with an all-new song, never-before-seen animation, plus specially created bonus features that transport you into the world of The Lion King.


Disney's The Lion King Special Edition features an all-new song, "Morning Report," and never-before-seen animation, giving you even more of this award winning masterpiece-the greatest animated adventure of all time.

An unforgettable story, breathtaking animation, beloved characters and Academy Award-winning music ste the stage for the adventures of Simba, the feisty lion cub who "just can't wait to be king." But his envious Uncle Scar has plans for his own ascent to the throne, and he forces Simba's exile from the kingdom. Alone and adrift, Simba soons joins the escapades of a hilarious meerkat named Timon and his warmhearted warthog pal, Pumbaa. Adopting their carefree lifestyle of "Hakuna Matata," Simba ignores his regal responsibilities until he realizes his destiny and returns to the Pride Lands to claim his place in the "Circle Of Life."

Now extensively restored and remastered - experience The Lion King like never before, from its magnificent musical opening over breathtaking African vistas to its emotional climax. The all-star vocal talent - including Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella - rip-roaring comedy and uplifting messages of courage, loyalty and hope make this timeless tale entertainment for all ages.



Bonus material

Disc 1:

  • THX-Certified
  • Special Edition
    Features the All-New Song "Morning Report" and Never-Before-Seen Animation
  • Original Theatrical Release
    The Animated Movie Masterpiece Audiences Around the World Know and Love
  • Timon's Grab-A-Grub Game
    Test Your Grub-Grabbing Skills, Featuring 2-Player Mode
  • The Lion King Personality Profile Game
    Discover Which Character From the Film is Most Like YOU!
  • Pumbaa's Sound Sensations
    All New Sound-Matching Game in 5.1 Surround Sound
  • All New "Circle Of Life" Music Video
    Performed by Disney Channel "Circle Of Stars", Including: Hilary Duff, Raven, Christy Romano, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol, Tahj Mowry, Kyla Pratt & A.J. Trauth
  • Original "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" Music Video
    Performed by Sir Elton John
  • Sing Along Track
    Watch the Film and Sing Along
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Bug Football
    • Hakuna Matata
    • Warthog Rhapsody
  • The Making Of "Morning Report"
    A Reunion of the original Lion King Team

Disc 2:

  • Timon & Pumbaa's Virtual Safari
    Bring a Theme Park Experience Into Your Living Room. Join Timon and Pumbaa For an Action-Packed Blast Through the Wilds of Africa-in 5.1 Surround Sound.
    • Behind the Scenes Footage
    • Character Designs
    • Computer Animation
    • African Art Inspiration
  • Exclusive Interviews
    with Sir Elton John and Sir Tim Rice
    • The Lion King Music Videos
    • African Influence
  • Disney Animals
    Learn How Real Animals Inspired These Animated Lion King Characters, Hosted by Roy Disney.
  • Storymaking Magic
    Learn the Fascinating Origins and Influences Behind the Story of The Lion King


Video Creation date
1 Blue warning screens October 3, 2000
2 Walt Disney Home Entertainment logo July 17, 2001
3 Coming Soon to Theaters December 14, 1999
4 Theatrical Trailer for Brother Bear June 6, 2003
5 Coming Soon to Own on Video & DVD December 14, 1999
7 Video Preview: George of the Jungle 2 October 7, 2003
8 Video Preview: Finding Nemo August 26, 2003
9 Video Preview: The Santa Clause 2 September 9, 2003
10 Promo: Walt Disney World October 7, 2003
11 Join us After the Movie
(The Lion King)
October 7, 2003
12 Feature Presentation November 27, 2001
13 THX logo February 4, 1997
14 Full Screen Format disclaimer July 11, 2000
15 The Lion King
December 25, 2002
16 Music Video: Circle of Life by Disney Channel Circle of Stars October 7, 2003
17 Music Video: Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John October 7, 2003


  1. "Circle of Life"
  2. Scar
  3. Farther and Son/ "Morning Report"
  4. Uncle Scar
  5. "I Just Can't Wait To Be King"
  6. Elephant Graveyard
  7. Under the Stars
  8. "Be Prepared"
  9. Stampede
  10. The King Is Dead
  11. Scar Takes Over
  12. Timon and Pumbaa
  13. "Hakuna Matata"
  14. Scar in Command
  15. Pumbaa and Timon Wax Philosophical
  16. Nala and Simba Reunite
  17. "Can You Feel The Love Tonight"
  18. Trouble In Paradise
  19. He Lives In You
  20. Simba Returns
  21. Simba Confronts Scar
  22. The Fight
  23. Simba Ascends
  24. End Credits

In Other Countries

Country of origin Release date
South Korea October 1, 2003
Hong Kong October 8, 2003
United Kingdom October 31, 2003
Australia February 25, 2004
Finland October 17, 2003
Germany October 23, 2003
Spain October 23, 2003
France October 15, 2003
Japan October 10, 2003




The Lion King - 2002 IMAX Trailer


The Lion King Platinum Edition DVD First Trailer (21st January 2003, USA)


The Lion King - Platinum Edition DVD Trailer 1


The Lion King - Platinum Edition DVD Trailer 2