Monday, February 10, 2014

Epcot Attractions: Living with the Land


This is one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World!  Living with the Land is located in Epcot’s Future World.  This attraction opened on October 1, 1982, when Epcot first opened to the public.  “Living with the Land” is a 14 minute boat ride that explores the agricultural advances in America, the rain forest, and the African desert.  On this attraction you will also get to see the latest developments in aquaculture.  Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish and aquatic plants.  During the attraction, you will visit several greenhouses and you’ll be able to view alligators, eel and fish in the Aquacell.  You will spend time in the Tropics Greenhouse where rice, peanuts, cacao, bananas and sugar cane are grown in a dome.  The Temperate Greenhouse looks at science and technology concepts such as sustainable agriculture, intercropping and irrigation systems.  The Production Greenhouse grows vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and lettuce that are used in restaurants throughout Epcot.  In the Creative House, you will lean about new ways to grow crops- in the air, without soil and in space.  As you leave, you will have a better understanding of the way scientists are helping farmers across the world find creative ways to feed generations for years to come.

This ride is great for all ages and sizes. Both of my boys love this ride and enjoy the 14 minutes indoors where we can escape the rain or heat in Orlando!  This attraction offers FASTPASS and is wheelchair accessible. If needed, you can utilize Rider Swap.

There is also a one hour “Behind the Seeds” tour you can take for an additional cost.  In this tour, you can walk through the greenhouses and labs, discover the crops and see the techniques used in the attraction.  Tours are led by men and women who work with the Epcot Science Team.  Children are welcome and strollers are provided for small ones.  The cost is $18 for adults and $14 for children ages 3-9.  Reservations can be made up to a year in advance or you can sign up near “Soarin’” downstairs at the Land Pavilion the day of the tour (if space is available).  Pictures and video are allowed during the tour.


Tips:
  • Lines for Living with the Land will start to get longer around midmorning and usually don't lighten up until later in the day. Visit this attraction early in the morning or after dark.
  • This attraction is wheelchair accessible as they have boats that will accommodate wheelchairs.  ECV users must transfer to a wheelchair to ride.  See what Melissa from Disney on Wheels shares about this attraction.
  • This attraction is great for all ages!  It's perfect for families with young children, however strollers are not allowed on the ride.
  • After you leave this attraction, visit The Garden Grill or Sunshine Seasons where the food grown inside Living with the Land is served!

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