It is located just to the north of the Pride Lands, and is named for the various elephant skeletons that litter the area. It's also known for the numerous geysers that were located there. The graveyard is visible from Pride Rock as a shadowy area. It has been speculated that part of the reason the Elephant Graveyard is such a terrible place is because the hyenas live there, especially considering what they did to the Pride Lands during their residence there.
The Graveyard has two 'districts'; the Graveyard District where most of the bones of dead elephants lie with only a few boilers, which is where Simba and Nala visit, and the Geyser District, which has geysers, boilers and suffers from earth tremors and explosions of lava. This is where the song Be Prepared is performed.
In the films
In the first film, The Lion King, Simba notices the area while looking over the kingdom atop Pride Rock with Mufasa. When he asks about the place, Mufasa simply explains that it is beyond the borders and that Simba is forbidden from going. Later, Scar is able to trick Simba into going. He slyly drops the name of the place, and that only the bravest lions ever go there, knowing that the curious Simba would want to prove himself.
Simba, and Nala both go there, where they run into the hyenas. Simba and Nala are forced to flee through the graveyard to escape them, and are finally saved by Mufasa. The graveyard is seen later, when Scar arrives to recruit the hyenas into his plot.
By the time of the second film, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, the former inhabitants, the hyenas, have by now long since fled. The place has received few visitors since. However, Vitani and Nuka arrive there, to get fire from the geysers, so that they can carry out Zira's plot.
In the third film, The Lion King 1½, Timon and Pumbaa pass through the Graveyard District, with Timon commenting that it is a fixer-upper, but are scared off by Mufasa racing through to save Simba and Nala. They then pass through the Geyser District, just as Scar's army of hyenas begin their goose-stepping routine.
|The Lion King|
Characters: Simba | Nala | Mufasa | Scar | Zazu | Sarabi | Sarafina | Timon | Pumbaa | Rafiki | Shenzi, Banzai and Ed | Hyena Clan | Wildebeest Stampede | Kiara | Kovu | Zira | Vitani | Nuka | Outsiders | Crocodiles | Ma | Uncle Max | Gopher | Fred | Quint | Uncle Boaris | Toucan Dan | Boss Beaver | Speedy the Snail | Smolder the Bear | Little Jimmy | Erwin | Ned the Elephant | Cheetato and Cheetata | Rabbit | Dr. Happy | Happy Dog | Herman | Jackal
Songs: Circle of Life | I Just Can't Wait to Be King | Be Prepared | Hakuna Matata | Can You Feel the Love Tonight? | He Lives in You | We Are One | My Lullaby | Upendi | Not One of Us | Love Will Find A Way | That's All I Need | Digga Tunnah Dance | One by One | Chow Down | The Madness of King Scar | The Morning Report | The Lion Sleeps Tonight
See also: The Disney Afternoon