Epcot in Walt Disney World is a truly unique theme park in that it features two separate halves which come together to form a wonderful whole. The front of the park is home to Future World which celebrates both technology and nature and the rear of the park is home to World Showcase which features eleven different pavilions each celebrating a country from around the world. Guests imply love to spend a lot of time in Epcot enjoying the attractions, entertainment, shopping, and dining found there. Future World is home to several very popular attractions as well as some less popular ones that tend to get overlooked. The lower level of The Land Pavilion is home to Living with the Land, an educational and entertaining attraction that often is overlooked by guests who are headed directly for nearby Soarin’ Around the World. Living with the Land brings guests on a gentle boat ride that showcases the true diversity and beauty of the land and how it can thrive in all sorts of different environments. Living with the Land is a wonderful attraction with plenty of amazing facts and details that guests will love discovering. Here are eight totally cool things about Living with the Land in Walt Disney World’s Epcot.
1. Quotes Throughout The Queue
After entering into the queue of Living with the Land, guests only have a short distance to travel to the loading area, but luckily the queue itself is full of some amazing details that guests can enjoy along the way. Every wall found in the queue area is covered with beautifully painted murals and quotes from individuals ranging from politicians and children to poets and scientists. Each quote refers to nature and many stress the importance of protecting and appreciating the beauty of the land.
2. View Of Garden Grill Restaurant
Once guests board their boats and set sail, they first experience several different environments that showcase how the land can thrive in all sorts of different places. A slightly rounded room brings a rainforest setting where guests can observe lush vegetation, a flowing waterfall, and several animals. Those who look up and to the left of this scene will notice the curved windows of the Garden Grill Restaurant which offers guests beautiful views into the attraction below.
3. Special Animatronics
The next scene of Living with the Land features an arid and dry dessert with several animatronics which were never supposed to end up in Epcot at all. Guests can spot several buffalo and prairie dogs who were originally created for an attraction that was destined for the Magic Kingdom. The Western River Expedition sadly never came to be and Pirates of the Caribbean was constructed instead, allowing the animatronic animals to ultimately find a home in Living with the Land.
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4. The Number 82
Guests then gently turn into another scene which depicts the American farmland complete with a farmhouse, scarecrow, and livestock. Found in front of the house is a mailbox with the number eighty two which might seem random but actually pays tribute to the opening year of both Epcot and Living with the Land in 1982.
5. Lettuce Art
Guests then move into the second portion of Living with the Land where they drift through beautiful greenhouses filled with all sorts of edible and growing vegetation. One of the green houses features two large lettuce trays growing hydroponically on each side of the boat. Guests who look closely at the lettuce will see that it I artfully arranged to grow as either the Epcot logo or a massive Hidden Mickey!
6. Hose Hidden Mickey
Another portion of the attraction has guests move through a tunnel where they can observe various types of fish and learn about how they are used to help responsible grow food and plants. About halfway down the tunnel on the right hand side of the boat, guests should be on the lookout for a coiled hose which is strategically placed to form a classic Hidden Mickey.
7. Wire Hidden Mickey
At the very end of this tunnel, there are several tubes on either side of the boat that are home to small creatures such as shrimp. Guests who look quickly at all of the tubes can not only spot the creatures walking around, but also a classic Hidden Mickey formed by rounded pieces of mesh wiring.
8. Behind The Seeds Tour
Living with the Land is a truly amazing attraction that many guests love to enjoy while visiting Epcot, and there is a wonderful way to learn even more about the greenhouses and attraction by going backstage. The Behind the Seeds Backstage Tour brings guests on a walking tour through four of the attraction’s greenhouses and through the fish farm. Guests also have the opportunity to release ladybugs into the greenhouses and learn about different techniques being used to grow food more responsibly. The Behind the Seeds Tour is a wonderful opportunity for guests who loved enjoying Living with the Land.