The excitement mounts. Your children have been looking forward to this ride attraction for months! And now it is time. You’re finally at EPCOT in Walt Disney World. You’ve made your way to the Land Pavilion. And after only a few short minutes in line, you’re in the boat and on your way… to look at vegetables.
OK, likely you haven’t felt this level of excitement over the Living With the Land attraction. But why not? It’s another underrated gem of the Parks!
In short, this is a relaxing boat ride through the Greenhouses of Walt Disney World. Many of the vegetables that you eat while dining in the Parks are grown right here. And this tour has so much more to offer. Such as:
First, it is slow and leisurely. Maybe I’m showing my age here, but once in a while it is nice to sit back and let the entertainment (or edutainment in this case) just roll by you. It is climate controlled and pretty as a picture. So bring your camera!
Second, you’ll see things here that you won’t find in any other garden or Greenhouse. Like a nine pound Lemon. Mickey-shaped pumpkins. Fish and plants helping each other to grow healthy and strong. Plants growing with no soil. And a flourish of exotic flowers. Even NASA has a presence here showcasing experimental growing techniques for use in Outer Space! But don’t worry, the plants they grow won’t rise up and invade your Boat.
Third, it’s a great opportunity to get to know other Guests. The last time we visited Walt Disney World, we met a nice couple on the Soarin’ attraction. As we exited, we said goodbye and headed our separate ways. But low and behold, we found ourselves in line with them for Living With the Land. So we continued our friendship and enjoyed the ride even more as we now had someone else to share it with!
Fourth, you can dig in even deeper (a little garden humor there) by taking the Behind the Scenes tour. An Expert will guide you through the Greenhouses and explain in more detail what it has to offer. You get to walk in areas usually off-limits and experience more of the Disney Magic! And as far as these Behind the Scenes opportunities go, this one is very reasonably priced.
So are you ready to see your vegetables in a whole new way?
Don’t worry though; you won’t have to eat your vegetables on this tour! Even though Disney is offering more healthy eating choices throughout the Parks, this is a food-and-beverage-free zone.
So the next time you visit the Land Pavilion in EPCOT, don’t be so quick to rush to the ‘E’ Ticket attractions. Or, here is a better idea: Get your Fastpass for Soarin’ and then get in line for Living With the Land. You won’t regret it!
- A Ride Wimp’s Guide to Disney World Thrills: Soarin’ (chipandco.com)
- Disney Confidential – Australia coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom (chipandco.com)
- Disney Fun From Around the World: Week of October 18, 2010 (theaffordablemouse.com)