Pride Rock is an ancient and massive rock formation located in the vast Pride Lands, made famous by The Lion King franchise. It is the home to Simba, the protagonist of the original film and its sequel.
Pride Rock is the home of the Lion King of the Pride Lands and his lioness, and functions as his throne and palace. The pride makes their den in a cavern in one part of the formation. It is shown to be so tall, that one can see the entire Pride Lands from its peak, and vice versa. The formation can be seen from any part of the Pride Lands. Because of this, the area serves as a gathering place for many events as well as a key part of the Circle of Life, as when a new prince or princess is born, they are presented to the entire kingdom from the peak of Pride Rock.
At the start of the The Lion King, animals from miles away gather around Pride Rock to witness Mufasa and Sarabi's newborn cub Simba being presented in front of them by Rafiki, with Rafiki standing on the formation's peak. Pride Rock is later shown with the landscape around it dying in the wake of Mufasa's death, which had apparently cursed the Pride Lands as no rain had fallen for a very long time, and is nearly consumed in flames before the rains extinguish them. Simba then ascends to the throne of Pride Rock and lets out a mighty roar, which echoes across the rainy Pride Lands.
One other tradition that seems to persist is that when a new ruler takes the throne, he climbs to the top of Pride Rock, and lets out a roar across the kingdom. Animal herds are also known to gather at other times. At the conclusion of the first film, animals gather around Pride Rock again to witness the presentation of Simba and Nala's newborn cub.
In Timon & Pumbaa, Pride Rock makes a cameo in Around the World with Timon & Pumbaa when Timon tries to revive Pumbaa's memories by holding him atop of it like Rafiki held up Simba. In the episode "The Man From J.U.N.G.L.E.", Pride Rock is seen when Chromosome Quint traps Timon, dressed as a superhero called Super Duper Hero X, in his aircraft and is about to reveal the superhero's secret identity to the animals. After Timon, Pumbaa and Speedy the Snail, who is the real Hero X, pull a lever that stops the aircraft from revealing Hero X's secret identity, the three realize that it also makes the aircraft stop working and fall and destroy Pride Rock. It is mentioned at the end that Speedy saved Timon and Pumbaa, Pride Rock, and all the jungle animals.
In The Lion King 1½, Pride Rock is seen in the same scenes as in the first film. However, its role is somewhat expanded, as Timon believes "the big pointy rock" to be his dream home. Upon arriving at Pride Rock, he finds a herd of animals attending Simba's presentation, and in the midst of walking through the crowd, finds a temporary dream home in a cave behind the rock.
The area surrounding Pride Rock is usually a lush savanna. however, during Scar's reign a severe drought hits the area, the water dries up, and plant life dies, which leads the animal herds to leave. After Scar is killed and the hyenas are defeated, Timon and Pumbaa leave Pride Rock and return to the jungle along with Timon's colony.
Pride Rock also appeared in The Lion King: Six New Adventures.
Pride Rock appears in The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar and The Lion Guard where it is shown to have a part known as the Lair of The Lion Guard which is the meeting place of the Lion Guard. In the Season Three finale, "Return to the Pride Lands", Kion, as proof of his mastery of the Roar of the Elders, is able to levitate the entirety of Pride Rock for several seconds before setting it down again, to the amazement of his Lion Guard, family, friends, and Vitani and her Lion Guard, who had just succeeded Kion's team as the Lion Guard of the Pride Lands.
In other media
It is also a region for the Pride Lands level of Kingdom Hearts II, which Sora, Donald and Goofy travel to. During this level, the party takes the form of African animals, with Sora as a lion cub, Goofy as a tortoise, and Donald as a hornbill. The only scene which is different from the movie is Rafiki telling Sora he doesn't have the qualities to be king before being chased away by the hyenas. They return to Pride Rock to help Simba defeat the ghost of Scar and help Simba realize he can be a good king. Pride Rock is also present in the musical version of The Lion King. It appears as a circular staircase, so it can ascend and descend for certain scenes. In Kingdom Hearts II, it is divided into four areas: Pride Rock itself, Stone Hollow (where Rafiki and the murals from his baobab tree can be found), The King's Den (where the Hyenas are first fought while protecting Timon and Pumbaa) and the Peak, where Scar is fought.
Pride Rock makes a cameo at the end of George of the Jungle, mimicking Simba's representation scene from the beginning of The Lion King. The Pride Rock looked realistic, done using CGI.
- In an original draft for the ending for the original film Pride Rock was supposed to be destroyed in the flames when Scar was defeated.
- In Kingdom Hearts, during the battle with Scar, the floor becomes transparent and reveals an elephant skeleton within Pride Rock.