As with each and every Walt Disney World attraction, Living With the Land will not appeal to everyone. In truth, it’ll probably appeal to fewer folks than most rides and that’s just how it is. It’s not breathtaking like Soarin’ or thrilling like Mission: Space and Test Track, but it IS unique and special in its own way. It harkens back to Epcot’s roots (HA! You’ll get that one in a minute) and is both entertaining(-ish) and educational (but still fun). Plus, it’s a realistic, behind-the-scenes look at the heart of Walt Disney World.
Decidedly slow-moving, Living With the Land takes guests on a boat tour. No, not like Magic Kingdom’s Pirates of the Caribbean or Splash Mountain – this tour hasn’t got any singing animals nor does it take you to a world of make believe. Living With the Land mostly keeps you in the here and now while, in it’s own unique and fascinating way, shows visitors how Epcot uses the most cutting edge agricultural and aqua-cultural techniques to feed Walt Disney World guests. It’s also packed with lessons on the effects of climate and environment on organic food production.
If Living With the Land sounds boring to you, you’re not alone. Many people pass up what certainly sounds like a major snooze-fest. I’d like you to reconsider. It will eat up a whopping 15-or-so minutes of your Epcot day, but there’s rarely a wait! The Land pavilion has Soarin’ and one of my favorite snack places, Sunshine Seasons (chocolate croissant, just a suggestion), but if you need a break, want to relax, are tired, hot, or trying to maybe save your legs for a runDisney event, you really can’t ask for a better attraction than Living With the Land!
The tour is made up of two halves – the first explains the Earth’s different agricultural environments and challenges. The second part (which is SO cool!) shows how Epcot raises large quantities of produce to use in Epcot’s Garden Grill and Sunshine Seasons restaurants and demonstrates the use of soil-less and other modern agricultural techniques to reduce the use of natural resources and incorporate natural pest control. There are also displays of modern aquaculture – I’m talking tanks of fish! Interesting-looking giant “vats” of eels, catfish, tilapia and more. There is also an alligator-raising area.
So maybe your FastPass for Soarin’ isn’t good for the next 20 minutes – whatever the reason, you should consider hopping a boat for the Living With the Land experience. There’s a little bit of something for everyone and, even if you’re not into educational vacation experiences, you’re bound to see something interesting.
Have you ever tried Living With the Land before? What did you thing about it?