Behind The Seeds At Epcot Tour Review

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The Behind the Seeds at Epcot is a guided one-hour tour through The Land pavilion greenhouses that house the Living with the Land attraction at Epcot. In this post, we’ll share photos from our experience doing the Behind the Seeds at Epcot tour and share whether we think it was worth the time and money.

For starters, some info about the Behind the Seeds at Epcot tour. As of 2017, the tour costs $25 per adult and $20 per child, with a 15% off discount to Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club owners , and Disney Visa Cardholders . This is a modest increase from previous years, so if you encounter a lower number, it’s likely outdated.

Unsurprisingly given the name and location, the Behind the Seeds tour focuses on the forward-thinking agricultural techniques utilized in The Land pavilion. During the tour, you’ll release lady bugs, see gators up close, feed fish, sample cucumbers, and learn more about the growing techniques and nutrient cocktails utilized in Epcot…

Behind the Scenes is a popular tour because it gives guests a taste of what Walt Disney World’s backstage tours are like, without breaking the bank on something like Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour at Magic Kingdom, or the UnDISCOVERed Future World tour at Epcot. It’s also not nearly as much of a time commitment as either of those tours (or many other tours guests can take at Walt Disney World).

When we did the Behind the Seeds tour, our only other experience with backstage tours was a few one-time events offered by D23. I had also done Epcot’s DiveQuest as a teen, but that was ages ago. Our experience had been almost universally positive with this type of events, so it made sense to give it a try.

While you can book the Behind the Seeds tour in advance by calling (407) WDW-TOUR, my recommendation would be to not do this, unless it’s an absolute must-do. Particularly if you’re a first timer to Walt Disney World, you should actually experience the Living with the Land attraction first, see how it appeals to you, and then book.

There are several Behind the Seeds tours per day, and you can usually book them same-day. That’s what we did, and that’s what I’d recommend. Going this route also enables you to squeeze the tour into your schedule on the fly, rather than planning around it months in advance.

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Sarah had wanted to take this tour for a while. Given that it was only around $15 with our discount (back when we did it) and only lasts about an hour to an hour and half, I could offer little reason to resist. While I love Living with the Land (it’s one of My 10 Favorite Attractions at Walt Disney World ), my interest in a more thorough explanation of what goes on behind the scenes in the pavilion was very low.

In this post we’ll take a look at some photos from the tour, thoughts on whether it lived up to my expectations, and whether it was worth the money…

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Despite that, I loved the Behind the Seeds tour. It was interesting without being dry and pedantic and balanced the practical applications of these techniques at home (something that doesn’t interest me at all–actually, it scares me, as Sarah trying to utilize some of these techniques likely means more work for me!) with the broader scientific studies and theory behind some of what is being done at The Land.

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As mentioned, I know very little about gardening (and science, for that matter), so I have no idea if the experimental techniques utilized in The Land are still experimental, or if they were experimental in 1992. In either case, it was fascinating and new to me.

I’m not sure that a botanist or alligatorologist would find the tour quite as interesting. For all I know, it might actually be quite superficial to someone actually involved in these fields.

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To the casual theme park guest, though, the Behind the Seeds at Epcot tour is outstanding. The tour is engaging rather than a typical lecture, as guests are allowed to touch things, release bugs, and sample foods, and our tour guide was great. On that note, a word of caution; the tour guide is pretty make or break for Behind the Seeds.

Our tour guide was exceptional. She had extensive knowledge of the different areas of the greenhouses, was articulate, personable, and wasn’t afraid to admit when she didn’t know the answer to a question (which was rare). I much prefer that than someone making up an answer that sounds good.

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She was a college student in the Professional Intern program (not College Program) who was relatively new at Epcot, and obviously was enthusiastic about what she was doing. As we finished our tour, we passed another group with a tour guide who seemed less articulate than ours.

Had we taken the next tour, the tone of this review might be totally different. But we didn’t, so it’s not. Others have reported very negative experiences thanks to disinterested tour guides , which is something to keep in mind when considering this tour.

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The content of the tour was interesting and kept my attention. If you have wondered whether this is an appropriate tour to hold the interest of your child, the fact that it kept my interest might be a good litmus test. Normally my eyes glaze over and my mind begins to wander at the first mention of things like “horticulture” or “hyproponics.”

Not the case here, as the tone was light enough that it kept my attention throughout.

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As much as I joke about being disinterested in horticulture, it’s probably more a matter of disinterest in hands-on gardening. Like most guests, I really enjoy the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, and this is about as close as there is to a backstage tour of that event.

Speaking of which, Disney, if you’re reading this, I’d jump at the chance to go behind the scenes of the prep work that goes into the Flower & Garden Festival. Touring the places where the topiaries are grown and crafted sounds like it’d be really cool. I’m sure it couldn’t be a year-round tour, but it could be a fun D23 special event.

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In any case, Behind the Scenes definitely catered to the part of me that loves “edutainment.” Critics contend that little remains of the EPCOT Center that opened in 1982. They claim that Journey into Imagination is now the antithesis of imagination. The Living Seas aren’t nearly as alive now that cartoon characters inhabit some of their waters.

World of Motion and Horizons are gone, replaced by thrill rides. Wonders of Life (not a 1982 attraction, but still…) is now the Wonders Retreat, a seldom used home for hard-ticket events during Food & Wine Festival and Flower & Garden Festival. Spaceship Earth now wants guests to “thank the Phoenicians” and play with touchscreens.

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While I disagree with much of this (and think many changes were necessary to hold the interest of contemporary guests), I think it’s unquestionable that Epcot has captured the spirit of “edutainment” with the Behind the Seeds tour. Resist as I might, I found myself accidentally learning while having loads of fun on this tour.

Going in, I fully expected it to be nothing more than an opportunity to take some cool photos while Sarah learned about gardening techniques. I was shocked to enjoy this tour so much.

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Overall, we’ve since done a number of special events and other tours, and I still think Behind the Seeds is one of the best ‘hidden gems’ of Epcot. Even though the price of the tour has increased since we did it, I continue to believe that this is among the best ways to spend ~$25 at Epcot. Even if your hobbies include deforestation, littering, and casual animal sacrifice, there’s a good change you’ll enjoy Behind the Seeds. It’s that engaging, and it’s fun to go behind the scenes on a Walt Disney World attraction. It gives you a different perspective on the parks, and is something that’s truly cool to experience.

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Your Thoughts

Do you agree or disagree with our take on the Behind the Scenes at Epcot tour? Have you gone backstage at Epcot or any other Walt Disney World park before? Have you done a different tour? If so, what did you think? Hearing your feedback about your experiences is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts or questions below in the comments!

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Written by Tom Bricker

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My dad retired a few years as a grower and I have just stumbled across this tour! We are visiting from the Uk in April and I’m going to book this as a surprise….he will actually love it! Great write up x

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We did this tour in 2015 with extended family and loved it. When we went this last year at Christmas time. We did it a second time at the kids insistence. They loved it so much they wanted to do it again. It is well worth the money. I recommend it to anyone of almost every age. I am not sure most under 1st graders would like it.

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My husband and I will be down at Disney the week of Labor Day and we are looking into doing this tour…..we were planning on trying to do the tour on the 7th but due to seminars we are attending for Food & Wine Festival we would only be available for either the very first tour or the very last tour….in your opinion which one would you suggest?

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Very last. Use your morning time doing as many attractions as possible before the waits get long.

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“Speaking of which, Disney, if you’re reading this, I’d jump at the chance to go behind the scenes of the prep work that goes into the Flower & Garden Festival.”

As a next-best-thing-to-it, we spent a *long* time watching great footage of festival prep in the “Wonders of Life” building, complete with lots of commentary from key players involved in everything from planning to planting. Fascinating.

Yeah, watching videos like that is what has made me more intrigued by the setup of Flower & Garden Festival! 🙂

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I have seen people taking the tour when I’ve been on the land before in the past. After reading this article I think I’m going to have to take it myself. Thanks for the article!

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Can someone in a wheelchair easily attend this tour?

I’m not entirely sure, but I think so. I don’t recall any stairs or anything that would preclude it. I’d check with Disney if I were you.

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Have you done any other tour reviews? I was curious about “The Keys to the Kingdom” tour as well if there was one for behind the scenes in “The Seas with Finding Nemo”. Also this is about a different post on here, but your post I saw this morning about saving $2500+ on a deluxe trip may have allowed me to go with my girlfriend this year, where I plan to propose to her under “Wishes”. Thank you so much!

Sorry, but we haven’t done the Keys to the Kingdom tour. Heard great things, though!

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I have been reading your blog for few days now. I was curious if tours like this offer sign language intpreters. My husband and I have gone to Disney World and have been eyeing this specific tour for a while. Next year, we will take our daughter for her first trip to The Happiest Place on the Earth! :).

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Thanks for the informative review. I have reservations for the tour tommorrow. Not a gardening guy myself, but I was interested in seeing this area a little closer. I was worried pictures would be prohibited but the pics you posted tell me that will not be an issue.

I will post my thoughts of the tour after.

Thanks again!

Did the tour today. It was great! Our guide, Melissa was knowledgeable and enthusiastic, so I guess we got one of the good ones. I highly recommend the tour.

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hubby and i went on behind the seeds for my bday at the end of december. we both loved it! our tour leader was fun and knowledgeable. i only wish that the tour could last longer! i highly recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys ‘living with the land’.

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Thanks for posting this…I never realized how inexpensive this tour was. We broke the bank recently on the Wild Africa Trek (same week you guys were there I think)…and I’ve been looking for alternative, tour experiences that aren’t too, too expensive. This fits the bill (no pun intended). 😀

Wild Africa Trek looks awesome, but it’s a little too pricey for us at this point! Was it as awesome as it looks?

It was awesome, I do think it should be at least $50 cheaper than it was though. They said a portion of the price of it goes to their Wildlife Conservation Fund, so…I am going to hope that was around $50 (prob not) and pat myself on the back for helping African Elephants. 😀

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My wife and I took this tour in December and really enjoyed it. You can’t beat the price. I believe that our tour guide was the lady in your picture wearing the blue booties and pruning the hanging pumpkins. She was a U of F grad (Go Gators!) with a degree in entomology. Very knowledgeable and informative. If you enjoy “Living with the Land” at all, I highly recommend this tour.

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My husband and I went on the Behind the Seeds tour back in September and had a fantastic time. It helped that there were exactly 0 other people on the tour, so we had the wonderful tour guide all to ourselves. Neither of us gardens or has much interest in plants, but we still found this tour fascinating. In fact, it was one of the major highlights of the trip for my husband.

It was a highlight for us, too. Sarah likes gardening, so it appealed to her more, but I had fun with it, too!

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Thank you for posting – my family goes on Soarin’, leaving me to wander about, and I’ve wanted to go on this tour for a couple of years now… it’s a definite that I will this summer! Thanks again for the awesome photos! 🙂

Maybe the rest of your family can go on Soarin’ twice and you can take the tour?! Definitely do it!

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Thanks for the review and pictures. I am planning on doing this on our December trip.

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We did BTS back in 2009 and loved it. It was cheap for a Disney tour, we had an wonderful guide and it was interesting. Now we feel all smug when we ride Living with the Land 🙂

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Thanks for reviewing this tour! I’m considering it for our May trip. I would describe myself a lot like you did yourself (glazed over eyes, wandering mind), so the fact that you were so enthusiastic encourages me.

My mind wandered a fair amount, but it was still a lot of fun!

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I’m so glad you two had wonderful Behind the Seeds experience! I hear nothing but good things about this tour, which gives me comfort that my apathetic guide was a one off. I normally leave tours filled with excitement, but my Behind the Seeds tour left me seething with anger. I have plans to re-review it in the future, but until then – I’m very encouraged by all the other positive feedback.

Did you take this tour recently? Jan-Feb? I rode Livin’ with the Land recently and saw both this guide leading a tour with that same woman attending to the pumpkins with her booties on. I remember thinking how rare it is for me to see someone attending to the plants, and of course I’m always checking out the tour groups.

Thanks for sharing the great review and wonderful photos (as always)!

We did this tour last Sunday. I’d definitely revisit Behind the Seeds if I were you. On the upside, at least for your “bad” tour, you only wasted $15-18. That’s better than having a bad Keys to the Kingdom tour or something like that!

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Thanks for the review. I have been eyeing this tour for some time. I think it was Like $10 a person when I was looking at it but it is still a bargain for a tour. Very insightful review. Kudos!

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Living with the Land

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World Nature

Guests Can Be

Age interest, thrill level.

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Accessibility

  • Must Transfer to Wheelchair
  • Wheelchair Access Vehicle
  • Audio Description
  • Handheld Captioning
  • Supervise children at all times. Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.

Cruise past greenhouses on a gentle boat tour and discover the surprising history of farming.

A father and 2 daughters sitting in a boat inside a greenhouse at Living with the Land

A Taste of the Future

Discover a cornucopia of fruits and veggies from around the world—some modified to jaw-dropping effect. Feast your eyes on edible food crops from around the world. Glimpse hybrid striped bass, tilapia, catfish and freshwater shrimp in our fish farm.

On this eye-opening tour, you’ll be inspired by a hopeful vision of farming’s future.

A turkey breast club hero, consisting of bacon, turkey, lettuce, tomato and avocado on a French roll

Sample the Fruits of our Labor

Enjoy a meal at Sunshine Seasons or the Garden Grill Restaurant in The Land Pavilion, both of which serve fresh produce and seafood grown right here.

Aquacell, a section of the Living with the Land ride that's dedicated to fish farming

Behind the Seeds

Explore the future of agriculture with an in-depth walking tour of The Land Pavilion.

  • 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Thursday, June 13, 2024

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Complete Guide to Living with the Land at Epcot

Complete Guide to Living with the Land at Epcot

Normally, we try to keep things on the factual side, but when it comes to Living with the Land at Epcot, we can’t help but let our passion for this attraction blaze brighter than the sun on a July afternoon at Walt Disney World.

Living with the Land has everything you could ever want on a ride: boats…farm houses…Mickey-shaped pumpkins. See what we mean?!

Whether you are a life-time fan or just looking to learn a bit more about this classic Epcot attraction, you’re in the right place.

So remain seated with your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside the boat at all times and join us as we take you through our Guide to Living with the Land .

In this article

Living with the Land Quick Facts

  • Location: Epcot, inside the Land Pavilion in World Nature
  • Height requirement : None
  • Suitable for: Everyone
  • Attraction length: 15 minutes
  • Do we recommend? Only as a time filler, not a high priority (but we think everyone should ride it at least once!)
  • When to visit: Anytime
  • Scheduled Refurbishments
  • Tip(s): You can get an up close look at the attraction on the Behind the Seeds tour .

Description : Living with the Land is a 15-minute slow-moving boat ride that has 2 distinct parts:

  • Part 1 takes you on a journey through history as you explore the forces that helped to shape the land around us. In this portion, guests are given a brief introduction to the ways we have modified both the land and our farming methods to increase production while decreasing harm to our natural resources. Although it is mostly peaceful, there are a few brief sections of a simulated thunderstorm during this section.
  • Part 2 is a boat tour through the attraction’s “Living Laboratory” where you can see first-hand a variety of different futuristic growing techniques. This is the part where you’ll see the fruits and vegetables actually growing.

Living with the Land is located inside The Land Pavilion , which is in World Nature. As you are walking into Epcot, you’ll head towards the right side of the park on the walkways near Spaceship Earth.

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The Land Pavilion is a large complex containing several attractions and a couple of restaurants – making this a great destination if you are looking to get out of the rain or heat or just want a place to hang out for an extended period of time without having to go outdoors.

You enter The Land Pavilion on level 2. On this level, you will find the attraction Awesome Planet plus the Table Service restaurant Garden Grill, as well as some restrooms.

The Land Pavilion

Living with the Land, Soarin’, and Sunshine Seasons are located on the bottom level. There are elevators, escalators, and stairs for guests to use to get you downstairs.

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How to ride Living with the Land

Living with the Land has a Standby Line and a Lightning Lane. There is no Single Rider Line.

Like most attractions, standby lines typically are the lowest first thing in the morning and at the end of the evening. The middle of the day will see the longest lines.

living with the land entrance

Aside from the busy holiday season, lines here don’t typically exceed 30 minutes.

While the description of a floating boat that travels through a greenhouse may not sound all that exciting, it really is a cool attraction, and we don’t think it gets nearly as much love as it deserves.

Do I need to use Genie+ at Living with the Land?

Although Genie+ is offered here, we do not recommend you make using it on Living with the Land a top priority.

Aside from the true Living with the Land stans, this isn’t usually a destination attraction.

Many guests (ourselves included!) pair a ride on Soarin’ with Living with the Land, which can lead to longer than expected waits at Living with the Land during busier times of the day.

So, although we don’t recommend you make snagging a Genie+ reservation for Living with the Land a top priority, if you can stack a Genie+ for Soarin’ and Living with the Land back-to-back, that can be a very efficient way to tour.

And even if you can’t do that, as long as the line for Living with the Land is around 30 minutes or less, it is probably worth it to jump in it if you are already going to be in the building to ride Soarin’.

Make sure you check out our touring strategies for Epcot for more Genie+ advice.

Rider Switch/Child Swap

Living with the Land does not have Rider Switch , but the very popular nearby attraction Soarin’ does .

If you plan to use Rider Switch over at Soarin’, taking your little one who can’t ride that attraction onto Living with the Land is a great way to keep them entertained.

What to expect when you ride

While the queue for Living with the Land may not have any interactive elements or games like what you may find at other attractions, it is entirely indoors – which is a huge plus – especially on rainy or hot days.

Ride Vehicles

Living with the Land utilizes large boats with decorative canopies. Although the attraction is entirely inside, the canopies are helpful during the portion of the ride when you are floating through the greenhouses; the sun during that part can be quite bright shining through the glass.

Each boat has 5 rows, and each row seats about 4 people. 2 boats are attached to form a sort of super yacht or boat train, if you will.

Living with the land ride vehicle

Although the best views are in the front row, because of the way the attraction is laid out, there really isn’t a “bad” view.

Accessibility Information

Guests in ECVs must transfer to a manual wheelchair. There are wheelchair accessible boats with built-in ramps. A bench is located directly next to the wheelchair space and additional companions will be directed to sit in the rows in front of the wheelchair space.

handicap accessible boat

Handheld captioning is available for guests with hearing disabilities.

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On the Ride

If you prefer not to know exactly what the ride entails, you may want to skip this part to avoid any spoilers.

Picture it: you’re with your group of loved ones enjoying a lovely day at Epcot when you stumble upon a an attraction called Living with the Land .

The queue looks very unassuming and honestly kind of blah, but you have some time to kill before your Genie+ reservation for Soarin’ and since the line looks relatively short, you jump in it. And before you know it, you’ve boarded one of the most magical boats in all of Disney World.

Ok, maybe it isn’t exactly “magical” but it is pretty great.

After boarding, the first area you’ll go through takes you back in time on a “voyage of discovery and awareness of the richness, the diversity, and the often surprising nature of living with the land.”

You start off in a rain forest during a thunderstorm (complete with rain and thunder) before you gently travel into a desert scene where you see an entirely different ecosystem.

Just past that is the American Prairie scene, complete with buffaloes and a farmhouse that I call dibs on for my retirement.

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At this point, the narrator explains a bit how nature has an impact on the land, but humans have an even bigger impact (both good and bad):

“Of all the forces at work on the land, humans have had one of the most profound effects. The need to produce food for the growing world led to the enormous use—and sometimes overuse—of the land. In our search for more efficient ways to grow food, we often failed to realize the impact of our methods. Today, we’re learning to live with the land—discovering better ways to grow food that will assure both human and environmental wellbeing.”

This starts the transition into the greenhouses, the highlight of the attraction and probably what most people will find the most interesting.

Living with the Land

During the remainder of the ride you’ll travel through several different areas of the greenhouses where you’ll see lots of cool fruits and vegetables being grown in some pretty innovative ways. You’ll even get to see some fish farming, too.

It is really hard to explain how seeing “ where scientists from Epcot and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are exploring innovative ways to produce bountiful harvests—now and into the future, ” is cool…but it really is.

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Is Living with the Land Kid-Friendly?

Yes, but the opening scene of the rainforest room might scare some little ones. The thunder can be a bit loud. In addition, there are some large fake bugs and alligators. Or are they crocodiles? I’m not up on my scary looking reptiles.

Although we see the question asked a lot, there are no drops on Living with the Land.

Traveling to Disney World with a little one? Make sure you check out our list of attractions that might be scary .

Strollers are not allowed inside the Land Pavilion where Living with the Land is located. Instead, you’ll need to park your stroller in the designated stroller parking area at the bottom of the ramp into the pavilion.

Stroller parking at the land pavilion

Since it isn’t unusual for people to spend upwards of an hour or more dining and enjoying the attractions inside this pavilion, be sure to take your valuables with you and cover your stroller to protect it from those almost guaranteed Florida rainstorms .

The original name of this attraction was called Listen to the Land and included a theme song with the same title.

According to Walt Dated World , the original attraction was virtually the same aside from the new version including the storm scene in the opening room.

Other Fun Details

  • If you want to get up close and see behind the scenes of the greenhouses, you can take the Behind the Seeds tour . This tour is a hidden gem and a must-do for any Living with the Land fan.

Behind the Seeds tour

  • Garden Grill (the rotating restaurant on the second floor of the Land Pavilion) overlooks a portion of the ride, plus it serves some of the fruits and vegetables grown in the greenhouses.

Garden Grill salad

  • Mike Brassell is the narrator for the attraction. If that name isn’t familiar, we bet his voice is because he lent his vocal cords to another beloved attraction – the PeopleMover. Plus, he’s also a composer, and you can hear his work on Space Mountain at Walt Disney World, too.

PeopleMover

  • Epcot has nearly year-round festivals now, and the greenhouses on Living with the Land often get specially themed touches added during them, like Christmas lights and “snow”men for Festival of the Holidays or fun table settings for Food and Wine.

Festival of the Holidays living with the land

  • Oh, and don’t forget to look down. Oftentimes you can spot special stamps in the sand, too!

sand from living with the land

  • If you like to spot Mickey heads or Hidden Mickey’s, this ride is packed with them! Make it a game with your group to see how many you can find.

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Other Attractions in World Nature

Land Pavilion

  • Awesome Planet
  • Living with the Land
  • Soarin’

Imagination Pavilion

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Journey into Imagination

The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion

  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana

Guide to Living With The Land at EPCOT

In this post we give an overview of Living With The Land, an educational boat ride at Disney’s EPCOT theme park in Walt Disney World. We cover the basics of the ride, how to ride it, and our thoughts on the experience before closing with an FAQ. Read on to learn more!

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Related Posts

This post is a quick guide to Living With The Land, but we have related content that dives deeper into topics. Our Epcot Genie+ and Lightning Lane post covers Lightning Lane strategy in deep. The Epcot Rides and Entertainment Guide gives brief introductions to all the park’s offerings. For putting together your day at the park, we have a One Day Plan for Epcot .

Living With The Land Basics

Living With The Land is an educational slow moving boat ride at Disney’s EPCOT in Walt Disney World. Living With The Land:

has no height requirement

does not offer rider switch

has a Lightning Lane that is a part of Genie+

does not have a single rider line

is not a part of Early Entry at Epcot

is about 15 minutes long

Measured by wait times, Living With the Land is the one of the least popular rides in Epcot . You should expect an average wait of about 0 to 20 minutes, but this will vary greatly by time of day and day of year.

Where is Living With The Land in Epcot?

Living With The Land is located in the World Nature land, in The Land pavilion at EPCOT in Disney World. Entering the park from the main entrance, World Nature is to the right. There are three pavilions on that side, the center one is The Land. Entering The Land, you’ll need to go down the stairs / escalators (or take an elevator) to the lower level, where you’ll find entrances for Soarin’ and Living With The Land.

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How to ride Living With The Land

Living With The Land isn’t a particularly popular ride, but on busy days it can get a long (30+ minute) wait, particularly because guests visiting Soarin’ will also make the stop here.

Generally, if you can visit Soarin’ in the morning and Living With The Land shortly thereafter, you’ll be in the best shape. Any plan that avoids having to make multiple trips to The Land pavilion is good, though.

If you have Genie+, this will be a low priority Lightning Lane pick, though it also can make sense to pick it if you can time to ride it around the same time your ride Soarin’.

If you’re visiting Epcot with small children , this will be one of your options for the family to enjoy together. While it is a longer ride, our toddler has always seemed to stay entertained throughout. This ride has no scary components.

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Living With The Land Ride Experience

Living With The Land is a 15-minute boat ride with narration educating guests on ecology, land use, and farming practices. The ride begins with some nature scenes featuring a few animatronics and talking through difference aspects of ecology.

Midway, the ride enters the the greenhouse, and the remainder of the ride is focused on the development of new agricultural practices, including by scientists at The Land. You’ll see a wide range of plants, including many that are used by restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort.

I can’t deny that the premise of Living With The Land sounds a bit “boring” if you’re here for traditional amusement park rides. But the ride is one of our favorites. It’s leisurely, scenic, and educational.

While the first few scenes may fall short of what you expect from a dark ride, the greenhouse is a very cool experience, and many young kids enjoy seeing how some of their favorite foods are grown.

Altogether, I’ll say that despite our love for it, the ride probably isn’t a must-do unless every ride at EPCOT is a must-do. On most days—any except the busiest ten of the year, probably, you’ll have time to fit it in before or after Soarin’, and we recommend doing so.

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Living With The Land FAQ

Are there drops in living with the land.

No! There are no drops, not even small ones, in Living With The Land.

Is Living With The Land Scary?

No. There’s one scene early on that mimics a storm in a rainforest, but I’d stop well short of calling it scary.

Who does the narration on Living With The Land?

Living With The Land is narrated by Mike Brassell, who also narrates PeopleMover at Magic Kingdom and composed the ride music for Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom.

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I’m sure that many of you have ridden Living with the Land at Epcot’s Land pavilion many times. And if you’ve gotten off this attraction and said to yourself, “That was nice, but it sure wasn’t Test Track”, then you might want to skip this review. But if you’ve been impressed with the information presented on this 13 minute journey through the future of farming, then read on.

Disney offers a behind the scenes tour of the Living with the Land attraction called Behind the Seeds . This excursion takes small groups of between 10-15 guests backstage with a knowledgeable guide and presents a more in-depth look at the wonders of this attraction. Tours are 45 minutes in length

I arrived at the Land Pavilion around 11:45 and signed up for the 12:45 tour. I was told to return to the sign-up desk five minutes before the tour. I then enjoyed a leisurely lunch at the Sunshine Seasons food court . Upon returning, I was given a peel-off name tag featuring a Disney character. After a quick head-count, the group headed off to a door located behind the Soarin’ Fastpass area. Finally, the din of the Land Pavilion was behind us and we could now hear our tour guide, Linda.

Tour Guide Linda

Our first stop was in the “bug room” (my title, not theirs). Here we were told how Disney breeds “good” bugs to be released into the greenhouse to eat the “bad” bugs. We were also shown a short video graphically showing bugs laying eggs, destroying plants, and eating one another. I found it interesting, but if you’re squeamish about insects, you might want to focus your attention on other things in the room.

We were also given small, plastic magnifying glasses to look at “dust” on the side of a flower pot. In actuality, it wasn’t dust at all, but extremely small insects that could be seen moving when viewed up close. Creepy.

Our guide then asked for three volunteers as she eyed the children in the group. Two eagerly raised their hands and a third was reluctantly recruited by her parents. Each child was given a small vial that contained several Lady Beetles (I call ’em Lady Bugs). The kids were told that later in the tour they would be releasing these insects out into the greenhouse to eat bad bugs.

Biotechnology Lab

The next stop on the tour was inside the greenhouse. The first thing I must tell you is that along one entire wall of the greenhouse is a floor to ceiling radiator (my word, not theirs). Here, water trickles down Teflon coated corrugated cardboard while fans blow cool air through it. This is how Disney air conditions the greenhouse and regulates the moisture in the air. I tell you this because during the majority of the tour you walk next to this cooling wall – a very pleasant experience in an otherwise warm and humid environment.

Greenhouse

Each of the growing methods that are talked about on the actual attraction are explained in more detail on this tour. Plus, here you have the opportunity to ask questions.

Pumpkin Seeds in Zip-Lock-Bag

At another stop Linda gave each of us a couple of slices of cucumbers that were grown here. I was amazed at how many people don’t like cucumber and declined. We were also shown the molds that they use to make Mickey Mouse shaped cucumbers and pumpkins. We were also given a handout that explains how to turn an aquarium into a Hydroponic Gro-Tank.

Releasing the Lady Bugs

When we reached the Aquaculture tanks, the children were offered the opportunity to feed the fish. They seemed to get a kick out of this. When they were finished, Linda encouraged them to use the antibacterial hand solution that was readily available.

At this point the tour was pretty-much over. From here we turned around and retraced our steps back to the starting point.

Auquaculture Room

I found it interesting and I did learn some things that are never presented on the Living with the Land attraction. But for me, I was more interested in (and distracted by) the “back stage” aspects of the tour than the information being presented. But then, I hire a gardener to mow and fertilize my yard because I have a “brown” thumb.

This tour also made me appreciate what an excellent job the Living with the Land attraction does at presenting a lot of information while on a very short boat ride. The Behind the Seeds tour really doesn’t present any new topics, it just expands on what you’ve already been told before.

I would never recommend this tour to a first-time visitor to Epcot. Unless you had unlimited time, there are too many other things to see and do before signing up for this tour.

Greenhouse

If you’ve been to Epcot a number of times and have an interest in gardening, then by all means, take the tour. You won’t be disappointed. But if the Living with the Land attraction has already answered all of your questions about innovative farming, well, you might want to think twice before signing up.

Behind the Seeds costs $39-$45 . Discounts are available for AAA, DVC members, annual passholders, and active military.

Reservations can be made up to a year in advance by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687) or you can make same-day reservations by stopping by the sign-up desk located on the lower level of the Land Pavilion, next to the entrance to Soarin’. Tours start every 45 minutes between 10:30am – 4:30pm.

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Review: Behind the Seeds tour at Epcot’s Living with the Land

Behind the Seeds, a backstage tour of Living with the Land at Epcot, focuses on the science of a fan-favorite Disney World attraction.

Living with the Land at Epcot

Basic Info for Behind the Seeds

Behind the Seeds is a one-hour guided tour backstage at Epcot. Attendees learn about the real-life horticulture and nutrition grown inside The Land Pavilion in the World Nature area of the park, specifically along the route of the Living with the Land boat ride. Along the way, guests get to touch, taste, and even feed some of the organisms that grow here.

Living with the Land at Epcot

Behind the Seeds is one of many backstage tours at Walt Disney World Resort. These experiences are branded under Disney’s Enchanted Extras Collection, a catch-all term for tours, private PhotoPass sessions, and other structured, guided add-ons to a Disney World vacation.

Backstage at Living with the Land

Behind the Seeds is the only tour at Disney World to focus on one specific ride. Given the fandom that Living with the Land commands online within the theme park community, many guests may enjoy the opportunity to not only learn more about the attraction, but to simply spend an extended period of time in its calming atmosphere.

Living with the Land at Epcot

Much of Behind the Seeds takes place in walkways adjacent to the ride path of Living with the Land. You may have seen tour groups shuffling through from your boat while onboard the ride.

Because of this proximity — being a “backstage” tour that largely takes place in a guest area — photography is allowed during Behind the Seeds (whereas most Disney tours have a strict no-photos policy). A few minutes into the tour, I realized the unique vantage point we had of many plants and structures I’d never seen so up-close before. Why was my camera in my backpack?! I promptly retrieved it, and spent much of the remainder of the tour snapping pictures. If you enjoy taking photos inside Disney theme parks, Behind the Seeds offers the unique opportunity to practice photography of a familiar space from uncommon angles. I loved taking advantage of this when I realized I could.

You’ll Enjoy Behind the Seeds If …

Behind the Seeds feels a bit like a science class field trip. It’s educational and hands-on in a space that’s not a classroom. If that sounds fun to you, you’ll enjoy this tour. If that sounds boring to you, your hour might be better spent elsewhere in Epcot.

Behind the Seeds tour at Epcot

Guests with interests in horticulture, farming, health, or bugs will be over the moon during Behind the Seeds. At the same time, one needn’t be an expert in any of these subjects to enjoy the tour. The information on the tour is presented in a clear, accessible, and fun way.

Visitors with fond memories of 1980s Epcot may also find Behind the Seeds particularly special. Although Living with the Land has changed slightly over the decades, the attraction remains largely the same overall experience that debuted with Epcot in 1982. Incidentally, our tour guide told us much of the attraction’s backstage systems have remained stuck in the ’80s, too. More on that in a moment.

Fun Facts We Learned

Some fascinating tidbits we learned during Behind the Scenes:

  • While it’s true that food grown inside The Land Pavilion is harvested for guest consumption at Disney World restaurants, the ratio of this supply is very small compared to the resort’s total inventory of fruits and vegetables.
  • Chefs at Disney World restaurants can request specific items be grown in The Land Pavilion for specialty dishes or new menu items. The most frequent “customers” are the chefs at Tiffin’s (at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park) and curators of corporate events onsite.
  • Only cast members with special clearance can enter the areas closest to the plants throughout Living with the Land. Anyone without certification is not allowed — including Imagineers. For this reason, the attraction’s horticulturalists are responsible for seasonal theming elements, like the lights during the holidays or the storybook gardens during springtime. Typically these décor-driven tasks would fall to Imagineers instead.

Living with the Land holiday lights

Is Behind the Seeds Worth It?

Behind the Seeds costs $39-$45, depending on the date (same price for all guests regardless of age). This price does not include park admission to Epcot, which is required.

While the bottom line might seem more economical compared to other Disney tours , the proportion of cost-vs.-time is more expensive than some of them. Behind the Seeds is roughly $40 for one hour. In contrast, Keys to the Kingdom (the tour of Magic Kingdom Park and its “underground” Utilidors) is $129-$149 for five hours.

Behind the Seeds backstage tour at Epcot

For longtime Disney World visitors looking for something new to experience, Behind the Seeds is an excellent choice to see something you know through a completely new lens. First-time guests or those expecting a look into the history of Epcot and the inner workings of Disney storytelling would probably enjoy a different tour more.

Our tour guide said that much of the technology at work within The Land Pavilion’s real-life application was revolutionary when Epcot opened, but it’s almost all outdated by today’s industry standards. Therefore, seeing it all up close could be either fascinating or depressing, depending on your point of view.

How to Book

Behind the Seeds embarks on a new tour every hour, on the half-hour, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Guests staying onsite at a hotel in the Disney Resorts Collection can book their spot for Behind the Seeds beginning at 6 a.m. (eastern time) 60 days prior to check-in day. Other guests can reserve a tour up to 60 days before their intended tour date.

Book online here , or call (407) 939-7529. Disney Vacation Club members can call (800) 800-9800. Guests can also reserve Behind the Seeds in the My Disney Experience app. Disney accepts walk-ups too, if space is available; you can check by visiting the desk near the ride entrance to Living with the Land.

Spaceship Earth at sunset

While some Disney tours require an age minimum somewhere in the teens, Behind the Seeds is available to any guest age 3 and up (though guests under age 18 need an adult present with them). That being said, it’s hard to imagine a three-year-old enjoying Behind the Seeds. As stated earlier, the vibe is very “science class field trip” and therefore probably best enjoyed by guests ages 8 and up.

Other Epcot Tours

As an alternative to Behind the Scenes (or in addition to it!), Epcot junkies can take a deep dive, literally, during DiveQuest or Dolphins in Depth , two programs offered with Epcot Seas Adventures within The Seas with Nemo & Friends.

The former Undiscovered Future World tour is no longer offered.

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  • Look carefully in the greenhouse and see if you can find the ladybugs.

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  • There is usually at least one fruit or vegetable that’s being grown in a Mickey shape, see if you can spot it! (Hint, it might be in the watermelon or pumpkin section…)
  • Look for the number ’82’ on the mail box in the farmhouse scene. That’s a reference to the year that Epcot opened, 1982!
  • In the NASA portion of the greenhouse tour, look for a device holding a large number of green capped test tubes. You’ll see that they form a giant Hidden Mickey!

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  • The original sponsor of the Land pavilion was Kraft Foods. Nestle took over in 1993 and ended their sponsorship in 2009.
  • Some of the food grown in the greenhouses is served to guests at restaurants in the Land Pavilion. Additionally, some of the fish that you see in the fish farming segment of the tour are served in several of the Walt Disney World Resort restaurants.

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  • Be sure to catch the film Awesome Planet. The theater can be found in the upper level of the pavilion.

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Behind the Seeds Tour of The Land Pavilion in Disney World’s EPCOT

If you love the Living with the Land attraction in EPCOT , then you may want to take the Behind the Seeds Tour !

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Behind the Seeds

You’ll visit four greenhouses (plus a fish farm) in The Land Pavilion during this one-hour tour , encountering insects, fish, and plants along the way.

Plant-growing techniques — including hydroponic soil-free gardening — are shared, making this a great opportunity for at-home gardening hobbyists.

Disney highly recommends that you ride the Living with the Land attraction prior to participating in the Behind the Seeds tour to enjoy a preview of what you can expect from the tour.

Click HERE for our review of the Behind the Seeds Tour!

Check in takes place 15 minutes prior to your tour at the Tour Desk in The Land Pavilion (just outside of the exit to Living with the Land ).

Tours are offered several times daily, typically beginning at park opening with the last tour available at 4:30PM. View available times on the Disney World Behind the Seeds Tour Page .

$39.00 – $45.00 per guest (prices vary by date; tax not included)

Additional Information

  • Park admission is required and not included in the cost of the tour;
  • No dining component is included with this tour;
  • Behind the Seeds is a walking and standing tour of about an hour, so plan to wear comfortable shoes;
  • It’s a good idea to ride the Living with the Land attraction prior to your tour to add to the fun and understanding!
  • Cancellations are required two days prior to your tour to avoid forfeiting the entire price of the tour.

Booking is available via the Walt Disney World website . Guests may also book Behind the Seeds via the My Disney Experience app .

NOTE: Prices and inclusions are subject to change. Please visit the Disney World Behind the Seeds Tour Page to confirm information prior to booking.

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Overview of Living with the Land

Take a smooth, calm boat ride to learn about the past, present and future of farming. First you’ll pass through various types of simulated climates such as a rain forest and a desert. You’ll then see different kinds of farming methods through time. These are displayed through a variety of means, including scenes with Animatronics and film. Last, you’ll pass through a series of futuristic indoor greenhouses with a real working Disney farm using high-tech procedures. A prerecorded narration over a sound system guides you.

Queue & seating information for  Living with the Land

The queue is indoors and dull, with pretty much nothing to look at while you’re waiting. The boat seats are hard with backs.

Wheelchair/ECV and accessibility info for Living with the Land

People with wheelchairs don’t use the main queue. There should be a cast member at the queue entrance who will let you into the special queue. The number of wheelchairs allowed in the queue at one time is limited, so there may be a wait at the queue entrance before being allowed to enter. This is one of those very few queues that allow you to bypass the crowds in the regular queue. Guests with

Though Disney requires guests in ECVs to transfer to a wheelchair, there may be some flexibility here. This is at the cast member’s discretion and will depend on the crowd levels and size of your ECV. Manual wheelchairs can go on some of the boats. Power wheelchairs may or may not be permitted, at the cast member’s discretion. This is dependent on the size and how maneuverable the particular power wheelchair is. The wheelchair accessible boats have a built-in ramp, a wheelchair space and a small bench large enough for one to two people at the very rear of the boat. The rest of your party will be assigned to sit in the row ahead of the wheelchair space.

If you’re transferring to a boat seat, you’ll need to walk to the boat, step down to get into the boat, and step up to get out. If you have difficulty with steps, you can request to use the wheelchair ramp to walk on, but be aware that you may be sitting in the rear alone or with one member of your party. And if you need the wheelchair or ECV brought to you to disembark, let a cast member know.

Details about the experience of Living with the Land

Tip: If you’re riding during the day, bring your sunglasses. The ride moves through dim or dark areas, and then you’ll suddenly enter a bright greenhouse. The boat moves slowly during this transition, leaving you plenty of time to put your sunglasses on.

This is a very mild ride. It’s slow and mostly smooth, with occasional slight bumps as it hits the sides of the indoor canal. It’s also a bit bumpy when the boat rides over rollers as it leaves and enters the docking area.

Tip: You’ll have to turn your head from side to side to see everything in the greenhouse, and those with neck pain may wish to turn using the whole body rather than just the neck to avoid irritating it.

The air in each simulated climate reflects what you’d find in nature. For example, the rain forest is moist and misty and the desert is dry. You’ll encounter some light wind and hear some thunder. The greenhouses tend to be warm. Portions of this ride have a musty odor.

There are some old-time movies projected on large screens that flicker. In the first scene, there are some lightning bolt effects.

Pesticides in the Living with the Land greenhouse

We have been told that although they seek to use natural pest control whenever possible, they do use conventional pesticides as needed. These are applied at night when the attraction is closed, and they only apply it to the specific plants that need it. During the ride, guests will not have any physical contact with the plants. During the Behind the Seeds tour (see below), guests are not permitted to touch plants or to walk where there could be physical contact with the plants. In part, this is to prevent contact with pesticides.

Behind the Seeds Tour 

This fascinating walking tour is available for an extra fee. Your guide will be a knowledgeable professional or college intern who really works with the plants and/or fish. They’ll walk you through the greenhouses and by the fish tanks, and they’ll teach about what you’re seeing. In addition, you’ll be given a lesson on natural pest control. A few guests will be given a vial with ladybugs (a natural form of pest control) to release on plants. In the past, guests have gotten to taste vegetables (we tried cucumbers) grown on site, and you’ll see how to create a hydroponic garden at home.

The tour lasts about 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours, depending on the tour guide and the numbers of questions the guests ask. This is the shortest tour available at Disney, making it a good choice for those with stamina issues. Those walking will be on their feet most of the time, but the tour is completely accessible. Regular size wheelchairs and most ECVs should have no difficulty maneuvering, however if you’re riding a large 4 wheel ECV, some of the turns may be challenging but not impossible. This is especially true of the fish tank area, where there are some sharp turns. Disney ECVs are large four wheelers, and may be challenging.

There are benches and a water cooler available to guests at only one brief point in the tour. There’s no restroom available during the tour. We were told that if there’s a need, you could let the tour guide know, and he/she will try to get you assistance. After having done the tour, bathroom access seems like it would be difficult. The greenhouses are on the warmer side, with some areas warmer than others.

This is one of the few backstage tours at Disney that guests under 16 years old can participate in. Call 407-WDW-TOUR [939-8687]. It may be possible to walk up and join the tour at the last minute. Check at the podium to the left of Soarin’. For more information on the Behind the Seeds tour, visit here .

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History of Living with the Land—and How to Still Hear Listen to the Land

by Brittany DiCologero | Sep 27, 2022 | Disney History , EPCOT , WDW Blog

On September 27, 1993, Listen to the Land closed. Why? Here is the edutaining history of Living with the Land…

An EPCOT opening-day attraction, Listen to the Land officially closed in ’93 after more than two decades of service. This boat ride eventually became Living with the Land (opening just a few months later). What was the original attraction like, and how has the ride morphed into the Living with the Land we know today ? Seed for yourself!

The History of Listen to the Land and Living with the Land

A tour boat cruising through a greenhouse at the Living with the Land attraction. Photo by Courtney Reynolds

Living with the Land has become a cult classic of sorts among Disney Parks fans. It is not at the top of the list for more casual fans on vacation in EPCOT, but for some fans of the park, this slow-moving boat ride is an absolute must-do . 

How did we get here? To understand how this World Nature boat ride gained such a devoted fanbase, we need to go back to the original plans for the attraction prior to the opening of EPCOT in 1982 . 

Original Concepts for Listen to the Land

When Disney Imagineers began developing the earliest concepts for the attraction, they intended for the Land Pavilion’s lead attraction to take on the form of a classic Disney dark ride . The ride, which was originally set to be called Blueprints of Nature, would have had guests suspended in the air above the show scenes to imitate a hot-air balloon voyage through the four seasons. 

An edible flower garden inside one of the Living with the Land greenhouses. Photo by Brett Svenson

While this concept did not come to fruition in the Listen to the Land attraction, you can still see hot-air balloons inspired by the four seasons over the main area of the Land Pavilion. (Be sure to look up and check them out next time you grab lunch from Sunshine Seasons! ) 

The original concept for “Blueprints of Nature” began to take shape into something more like the ride we see today when Kraft joined Disney as a sponsor . With the new sponsorship contracts, the original Land Pavilion attraction was reworked, and some of the concepts (including the character who would later become the Dreamfinder) were moved to other pavilions around EPCOT .

At this point, concepts for the greenhouses that guests see on the ride today began to develop, and the ride’s theme changed to focus on sustainable agriculture . In addition to the greenhouse scenes, the dark ride portion of the attraction was reworked into the various climates showing the rainforest, desert, and American farm. 

How Listen to the Land Came to Be 

A Mickey-shaped bougainvillea bush. Photo by Ernie Carr

As its name suggests, Listen to the Land also came with a memorable soundtrack . The ride opened with a song called “Symphony of the Seed,” which takes guests through to the scene where the thunderstorm is taking place today. 

If you have been visiting Walt Disney World for several years now, you probably remember the other notable audio from Listen to the Land: narration by a live Cast Member . Having a live narrator stationed on each boat enhanced the attraction by fully immersing guests in the story of a greenhouse tour.

The live narration continued beyond the closure of Listen to the Land , as it lasted on portions of the ride until 2006. Today, however, Living with the Land features a pre-recorded narration by Mike Brassel l, who you may recognize from past versions of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover. 

While the rest of the original audio from Listen to the Land has been removed, there is actually one place where guests can still hear an instrumental version of the soundtrack . If you stop for a meal at the Garden Grill Restaurant , a character dining experience that slowly rotates through some of the scenes in Living with the Land, you can still hear some of the music from the previous attraction. 

Living with the Land as We Know It Today

The entrance to Living with the Land. Photo by Cliff Wang

Today, Living with the Land is far from the most popular attraction at EPCOT. But it does have a devoted fanbase . Guests return year after year to see firsthand the latest agricultural technologies with hydroponics, aquaculture, and more all on display during the boat ride. 

The attraction is also home to one of EPCOT’s most popular backstage experiences . The Behind the Seeds Tour takes guests into the greenhouses seen on the ride and gives them a close-up look at how Disney’s specialists grow crops that are even used in restaurants around the parks and resorts, and how they harness the latest technology in the agricultural field. 

Living with the Land typically does not have a long wait time unless you are visiting on a busy weekend, during one of EPCOT’s festivals, or over the week of a holiday or school vacation. It is available as an attraction with Genie+ , but the line is typically short enough that you will not need to use it . 

Stop by during your next walk through the Land pavilion and enjoy!

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Peter Pan’s Never Land has been pitched as a possible project for the DisneylandForward theme park expansion plan recently approved by the city of Anaheim.

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Peter Pan's Never Land in Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea. (Courtesy of Disney)

The new Peter Pan’s Never Land officially debuts on June 6 at Tokyo DisneySea following an extended soft opening.

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Peter Pan's Never Land Adventure in Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea. (Courtesy of Disney)

Peter Pan’s Never Land will be part of Fantasy Springs, the newest port set to debut at Tokyo DisneySea that also features Rapunzel’s Forest and Frozen Kingdom . Visitors will enter Fantasy Springs through an archway surrounded by rockwork representing Peter Pan, Rapunzel, Anna and Elsa.

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Peter Pan's Never Land Adventure in Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea. (Courtesy of Disney)

The backstory for Peter Pan’s Never Land finds visitors joining the now gender-neutral Lost Kids on a fun-loving adventure stretching from Pixie Hollow to Captain Hook’s pirate ship.

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Peter Pan's Never Land Adventure in Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea. (Courtesy of Disney)

The marquee attraction is Peter Pan’s Never Land Adventure 3D dark ride where our mission is to help Peter, Tink and the Lost Kids rescue John from Captain Hook and his band of pirates. Along the way we encounter Wendy, Michael and the mermaids before finally reaching Hook’s Jolly Roger ship for a swashbuckling showdown.

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Peter Pan's Never Land Adventure in Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea. (Courtesy of Disney)

Riders board 12-seat boats sprinkled with a hefty dose of fairy dust courtesy of Tinker Bell and take off through the sky on a six minute epic journey.

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Peter Pan's Never Land Adventure in Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea. (Courtesy of Disney)

Walt Disney Imagineering combined motion base ride vehicles with 3D effects, custom animation and practical sets to create the sense of flight on the new dark ride.

Fairy Tinker Bell's Busy Buggies in Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea. (Courtesy of Disney)

Fairy Tinker Bell’s Busy Buggies, the second attraction in Never Land, sends riders around Pixie Hollow with Tink as she delivers gifts to her fellow fairies.

Fairy Tinker Bell's Busy Buggies in Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea. (Courtesy of Disney/Oriental Land Company)

The Busy Buggies queue is filled with larger-than-life flowers, mushrooms, paint brushes and nibbled cheese to create the illusion riders have been shrunk to the size of a fairy.

Fairy Tinker Bell's Busy Buggies in Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea. (Courtesy of Disney/Oriental Land Company)

Riders climb into wicker baskets with seat backs made from envelopes for a two-minute ride through the fairy valley on ride vehicles with spinning bases.

Fairy Tinker Bell's Busy Buggies in Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea. (Courtesy of Disney)

“Fairy Tinker Bell’s Busy Buggies is an outdoor track ride that might give Disneyland resort fans in California flashbacks to Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train,” according to Theme Park Insider . “Again, you’re shrunk to a small size for a tour around common objects that now appear super-sized.”

Lookout Cookout in Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea. (Courtesy of Disney)

The Lookout Cookout counter service restaurant assembled from a salvaged shipwreck is themed as the Lost Kids’ hideout, complete with comfy hammocks and hastily strewn pajamas.

Lookout Cookout in Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea. (Courtesy of Disney)

The Lost Kids Snack Box on the menu comes with chicken tenders, seaweed fritters, shrimp chips and banana chips.

Lookout Cookout in Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea. (Courtesy of Disney)

The signature drink: A kiwi-flavored Pixie Dust Soda with a gold star floating on top that dissolves with a silver sparkling effect.

Lookout Cookout in Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea. (Courtesy of Disney)

The Never Land Popcorn Wagon will serve an exclusive roast beef flavor with black pepper seasoning and gravy aromas available only in Fantasy Springs.

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Living with the Land

A taste of the future.

See firsthand how Walt Disney World horticulturalists are using innovative growing techniques and cross-breeding high-yield crops to help feed a growing planet.

Discover a cornucopia of fruits and veggies from around the world—some modified to jaw-dropping effect. Feast your eyes on edible food crops from around the world. Glimpse hybrid striped bass, tilapia, catfish and freshwater shrimp in our fish farm.

On this eye-opening tour, you’ll be inspired by a hopeful vision of farming’s future.

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Guide To The 9 Disneyland Lands

W hen you think of visiting Disneyland Resort in Southern California, you are probably thinking of the two theme parks – Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure. But, within the parks, there are distinct themed lands. While you don’t specifically need to understand each of the themes before your visit, it is helpful to have a basic understanding.

This post includes information about the nine lands at Disneyland, including the most popular rides, restaurants, and other things to know.

Disclosure: We’ve received complimentary admission in the past but have also paid our own way. This post contains affiliate links, and a purchase/click through one of these links may result in a commission paid to us at no additional cost to you. All opinions are my own.

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Main Street USA

As you enter the park through the main entrance, you’ll be in Main Street USA. This area of the park is reminiscent of a turn of the century street. Since Disneyland park is the only Disney theme park that Walt directly supervised, this land has a special meaning to Disney fans.

If you are interested in learning more about the history of Main Street USA and how Walt viewed it, there’s a great tour you can take, called Walt’s Main Street tour. When I took this tour several years ago, we spend some time learning about Main Street, and then visited Walt’s Main Street apartment.

At Main Street USA, you’ll find the following:

  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Main Street Vehicles
  • The Emporium
  • The Plaza Inn
  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
  • Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

I typically walk past most of the shops in Main Street USA in the morning, and visit later in the day. The Emporium is one of my favorite shops at Disneyland, so I always stop in.

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is one of my favorite lands in all of Disneyland. This land is focused on our visit of tomorrow from the past. While some of it feels very modern, it’s also very nostalgic.

Here are the top things to do in Tomorrowland:

  • Star Wars – The Adventures Continue
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • Space Mountain
  • Alien Pizza Planet
  • Galactic Grill
  • Tomorrowland Skyline Terrace

During my visits to Tomorrowland, I typically focus on the rides and attractions. I don’t generally eat there (unless I need some water or a quick snack). My favorite ride is Tomorrowland is Space Mountain – I even prefer it to the version at Walt Disney World.

Fantasyland

Fantasyland is the most magical of the Disneyland lands. If you are visiting Disneyland with small kids (or are a huge Disney fan), this is where you’ll spend a lot of time.

Attractions and restaurants in Disneyland include:

  • Royal Hall (where you can meet the princesses)
  • The Royal Theatre
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Snow White’s Enchanted Wish
  • it’s a small world
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train

Many of these rides don’t use Genie+, so I like to ride them early. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and it’s a small world are my nostalgic favorites – I typically ride these during each of my Disneyland vacations.

Although I don’t have young kids, I love visiting Toontown at Disneyland. I still miss its (much smaller) counterpart at Walt Disney World – Mickey’s Toontown Fair.

Toontown offers a few rides and some fun areas for younger kids to explore:

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Chip ‘N’ Dale’s GADGETCoaster
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • CenTOONial Park
  • Mickey’s House
  • Minnie’s House
  • Donald’s Duck Pond
  • Goofy’s How to Play Yard

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

The newest land at Disneyland, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, is a must-visit, even if you aren’t a Star Wars fan. It’s an immersive land featuring character interactions, rides, shops, and restaurants.

Attractions, shops, and restaurants include:

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
  • Oga’s Cantina
  • Savi’s Workshop
  • Droid Depot
  • Ronto Roasters
  • Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
  • Black Spire Outpost

Currently, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance does not participate in Genie+ . You’ll want to either wait in the (long) standby line or purchase the Individual Lightning Lane.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge offers some of the best souvenirs at Disneyland. You can, and should, make reservations at Savi’s Workshop and Droid Depot if you want to build a lightsaber and/or a droid.

Critter Country

Note that this land, which is unique at Disneyland and doesn’t exist at Walt Disney World, is currently closed for renovation. When it is open, however, attractions will include:

  • Tiana’s Bayou Adventure – (opening later this year)
  • Ray’s Berets – (opening with Tiana’s Bayou Adventure)
  • Louis’ Critter Club / Pooh
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Corner
  • Davey Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
  • Critter Country Fruit Cart

Adventureland

This Disneyland land is similar to the same-named version at Walt Disney World. This is the most exotic of the lands and the most exciting.

Rides and attractions in Adventureland include:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • The Jungle Cruise
  • Adventureland Treehouse
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Tiki Juice Bar (this is where you can get one of the best treats at Disneyland – the Dole Whip)
  • The Tropical Hideaway (also offering Dole Whip)
  • Bengal Barbeque

Frontierland

Frontierland is another Disneyland land with a counterpart at Disney World. Like the WDW version, this Frontierland is reminiscent of the old pioneer days.

You’ll find the following attractions and restaurants in Frontierland:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Mark Twain Riverboat
  • Tom Sawyer Island
  • Columbia Sailing Ship
  • The Stage Door Cafe
  • The Golden Horseshoe
  • Rancho del Zocalo
  • River Belle Terrace
  • Pioneer Merchantile
  • Westward Ho Trading Company

Unlike Walt Disney World, the flume ride (Tiana’s Bayou Adventure) is not in Frontierland. When the ride opens at Disneyland, it will be in Critter Country, where Splash Mountain was.

New Orleans Square

New Orleans Square is another unique land to Disneyland. Like Critter Country, some enhancements are coming to New Orleans Square, requiring some sections to be temporarily closed.

When it’s fully operational, here are the attractions, restaurants, and shops in New Orleans Square.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean (I love this version so much more than the one at Walt Disney World)
  • The Haunted Mansion (currently closed for renovation)
  • Blue Bayou – my favorite table service restaurant at Disneyland
  • Mint Julep Bar – this is where you can get the Mickey-shaped beignets
  • Tiana’s Palace quick service restaurant

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