The Living with the Land 2021 Holiday Overlay

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The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is underway, and there is holiday cheer around every corner! One of our favorite hidden gem activities during the holiday season is found in The Land Pavilion.

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Living with the Land is a slow moving boat ride that takes you through the greenhouses at EPCOT. Not only is it a great way to enjoy a few relaxing moments, it’s educational without being overbearing.

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During Festival of the Holidays, Living with the Land receives a holiday overlay. There are festive lights throughout the ride, and special touches such as ornaments, Christmas presents, and a Mickey Rudolph.

When we rode on December 1, we were in for a surprise. This year, there is a new narrative soundtrack for the holiday overlay.

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While floating through the greenhouses there was information on the different plants that are growing, and much of it had a tie-in to Christmas. For example, instead of just mentioning cocoa plants, the new narrative talked about how cocoa is the starting point for Christmas chocolates.

When we were there, Living with the Land did not have a Wait Time posted. We didn’t quite walk on, but our wait was less than ten minutes.

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Living with the Land is always a great choice on a busy day at EPCOT. It often has one of the shortest lines. Since it is located right next to Soarin’, you can ride both if you need a break from whatever weather Florida is throwing at you.

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Even without the holiday overlay, we love Living with the Land. Some of the food that you see will be served at either Garden Grill Restaurant or Sunshine Seasons. You’ll learn about different types of farming that help to maximize crops and are good for the environment.

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The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays runs until December 30, and is included with your Theme Park admission.


About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.