How Disney uses the food grown in Living with the Land in EPCOT


Living with the Land, a popular attraction in EPCOT’s World Nature neighborhood, offers a unique glimpse into the future of farming. This gentle boat tour takes visitors past greenhouses where Walt Disney World horticulturists employ innovative growing techniques and cross-breeding to produce high-yield crops. Did you know that the food grown on the ride is not just for show, but is actually used at resteraunts around the park?

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Living with the Land showcases a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fish from around the world, some of which have been modified for better growth and yield. Guests can see hybrid striped bass, tilapia, catfish, and freshwater shrimp in the attraction’s fish farm, all part of Disney’s effort to promote sustainable farming practices.

The produce and seafood grown in Living with the Land’s greenhouses are used in several EPCOT restaurants, allowing guests to taste the fruits of this innovative labor. The Garden Grill Restaurant and Sunshine Seasons food court, both located in The Land Pavilion, feature fresh produce and seafood from the attraction. Even the Coral Reef Restaurant and other dining spots around EPCOT may occasionally serve dishes made with ingredients grown in Living with the Land’s greenhouses.


Dining at The Garden Grill offers a special opportunity to connect with the source of your meal. Guests can ask their server to speak with the chef about which menu items feature sustainable produce or fish from the greenhouses. This way, diners can make informed choices and appreciate the journey from farm to table.

For those interested in learning more about the science and technology behind the scenes, the Behind the Seeds tour is a perfect choice. This one-hour walking tour provides an up-close look at the fish farm and four greenhouses that comprise The Land Pavilion. Participants learn about the various crops, discover cutting-edge plant-growing techniques like hydroponics, and gain a deeper understanding of Disney’s commitment to sustainable agriculture.

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How Disney uses the food grown in Living with the Land in EPCOT

Living with the Land and the Behind the Seeds tour exemplify Disney’s dedication to environmental stewardship and innovation in farming. By integrating these practices into its attractions and dining experiences, Disney not only educates its guests but also contributes to a more sustainable future.

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