The Lion King was released on VHS on March 3, 1995. It sold more than 20 million copies nationwide in just under one week, making its consumer sales record even greater than the combined one-day consumer sales of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It went back into the Disney Vault on April 30, 1996.

There was also a Deluxe Video Edition, which was more expensive than the original VHS itself. The Deluxe Video Edition also includes a second VHS, which only holds the documentary "The Making of the Lion King", which aired on the Disney Channel from June 16, 1994 (about a week before the film itself came out in theaters) through September 1996, days after the film first aired on the Disney Channel.


From the magnificent musical opening over breathtaking african vistas to its rip-roaring, emotionally charged climax, The Lion King reigns supreme as animation’s greatest crowning achievement. Set amid the majestic beauty of the Serengeti, Disney’s epic coming of age saga tells of the love between a proud lion ruler, Mufasa, and his son Simba -- a naive and curious cub who "just can’t wait to be king." Out from the shadows prowl Simba's envious Uncle Scar and his hyena henchmen. Their scheming for the throne leads to tragedy... and Simba’s exile from the kingdom he should rightfully rule. Befriended by the warmhearted warthog pumbaa and his manic meerkat companion, Timon, Simba forgets his regal responsibilities and adopts the carefree lifestyle of "Hakuna Matata." But can Rafiki, a wise mystic baboon, help Simba reclaim his true destiny in the "circle of life"? With a #1 hit soundtrack featuring songs by Elton John and Academy Award winning lyricist Tim Rice, and score by Hans Zimmer -- and the greatest cast of voice-over stars ever assembled -- The Lion King triumphs with animation described by the New York Daily News as "no less than perfection...stunning!

VHS Supplements


Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens September 7, 1991
2 Promo for Walt Disney World

March 3, 1995

3 Sneak peek at Pocahontas

March 3, 1995 

4 Video preview for Cinderella

March 3, 1995

5 Video preview for Angels in the Outfield March 3, 1995
6 Video preview for The Aristocats March 3, 1995
7 Feature Presentation Q4 1991
8 Full Screen Format Disclaimer January 22, 1994
9 The Lion King June 24, 1994

​The earliest copies does not have the previews for Cinderella and The Aristocats, and a different sneak peek at Pocahontas and a different preview of Angels in the Outfield was seen on copies distributed since April 1995, the middle copies has a different preview of Cinderella, But the Angels in the Outfield preview is still different, and it does have a preview for The Aristocats. But the semi-later copies the Angels in the Outfield preview is another different.

Spanish dub

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens June 1994
2 Disney en Español logo April 1995
3 Preview for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs April 1995
4 Preview for Aladdin April 1995
5 Feature Presentation (in Spanish) April 1995
6 Full Screen Format Disclaimer June 1994
7 The Lion King (Spanish dub) July 1994

Advertised on:

Theatrical Release

  1. Aladdin (1993 VHS)
  2. The Muppet Christmas Carol (VHS)
  3. The Fox and the Hound (1994 VHS)
  4. The Return of Jafar (VHS)
  5. The Brave Little Toaster (1994 VHS) (extremely rare copies)


  1. Disney's Sing-Along Songs: Circle of Life (December 16, 1994)
  2. Gargoyles The Movie: The Heroes Awaken (1995 VHS)

In Other Countries

Country of origin Release date
South Korea May 2, 1995
Japan July 28, 1995
Australia September 1, 1995
USA (Spanish dub) September 13, 1995
UK September 20, 1995
France October 20, 1995


October 1995