Living with the Land
4600 N World Dr, Walt Disney World, FL, USA
Living with the Land Walt Disney World Reviews
The Greenhouse Effect at The Land Mar 22, 2011
Living with the Land is a ride at The Land pavilion at Epcot. (The journey is made on small boat ride vehicles.) The ride shows several different innovative growing environments and the plants that can be produced there. But, it first begins with a dark portion and thunderstorm. From there, riders are taken through the real greenhouse environments. Real crops are being grown here under experimental conditions and techniques. (This part of the ride is a reminder of part of Epcot's intended theme, a laboratory for innovation and invention.) The narrator describes the plants and techniques, such as vertical growing trellises and aeroponics. The techniques can yield some fruits and vegetables in extra-large sizes, giving ideas for food growing in less productive regions. Food produced here is served in the restaurants at Epcot, making it a real theme park garden.
The loading area is indoors near the food service area and near Soarin'. You can take the ride and cool off from a hot day at Epcot and enjoy other features of The Land pavilion while taking the Journey.
Included with park admission. Can be fastpassed.
A separate Backstage Tour of the greenhouses for those interested in more in-depth information is also available.
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Greenhouse of the Future Jun 18, 2009
When EPCOT opened in 1982, Living with the Land was the only ride in the Land pavillion and therefore often experienced looooong lines. (The only other options were a less-than-exciting movie on the symbiotic relationships of the natural world and a unique cabaret of singing foods--I will forever have the tune "Veggie, Veggie, Fruit, Fruit, Veggie, Veggie, Fruit" stuck in my head when I remember that attraction.) The arrival of Soarin' siphoned much of the crowd away from this look at agriculture and thus greatly decreased wait time. The only disadvantage of a shorter wait? Less time in line to read the quotations related to the importance of conserving the land. Once aboard, visitors float through rainforest, desert, and Great Plains habitats. (Look up and to the left when going by the farmhouse and you'll catch a glimpse of the Garden Grill restaurant, a rotating eatery.) Then a door slides open and bright sunlight introduces the first of two greenhouses. These glass enclosures house a variety of produce including lemons, cucumbers, thyme, coffee, cotton, sunflowers, and lettuce. A highlight is looking for the pumpkin or squash maturing inside of a Mickey-shaped bubble. Many plants are grown in experimental methods, some in conjunction with NASA. These techniques include growing extra-large fruits and vegetables for maximum yield, developing tomato trees rather than bushes, and utilizing nutrient sprays instead of dirt. Between the greenhouses sit the aquariums of bass, carp, shrimp, and alligators.
Interesting note: many of the products seen on the tour will make it to the plate of guests in the park.
Caution when exiting: Living with the Land lets out close to Soarin' and the area can get quite crowded.
Living with the Land offers an excellent alternative to just sitting around waiting for your Soarin' FastPasses to become valid.
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