We spent a huge chunk of the day at EPCOT in The Land – at nearly 6 acres it is huge and the largest pavilion in Future World. There are a couple of shows, a ride and the Sunshine Seasons Food Court – we thought this was a great place to get lunch at Walt Disney World.
Before we went inside much fun and laughter with these dancing fountains…
Son wanted to check out the shows when we arrived and opted for Circle of Life first. This is a 20 minute film with Simba all about environmental responsibility, a mix of animation and live wildlife footage, it is told in very simple terms. Quite interesting but more than that for me it was a great place for a rest and slow down.
Living With The Land boat ride was next for us. We joined a really long line and just waited in turn. I remembered loving this on our last Epcot visit, it is still good but didn’t have the same wow factor. They used to have a live guide travelling in each boat giving an informative commentary, now they have replaced the person with a recording. That takes something away I think.
It is a nice, relaxing boat journey, lasts about 15 minutes and takes you through a tropical rainforest, a desert and the plains of America. We passed through a whole host of different greenhouses after that, heard about farming in the past and future and got an overview of Hydroponics and Aquaculture.
They have a fish farm and loads of fruit and vegetables growing in the greenhouses – makes sense this is a Disney restaurant supplier. Son was interested to see how coffee, tomatoes and rice could be grown in soil less environments.
Time for lunch after all that, we grabbed sandwiches in the (very busy) food court but were all in agreement this was probably the best food we had eaten inside the Disney parks.
Behind The Seeds Tour was something we’d read about earlier in the morning, figured it sounded interesting and booked 3 spots. No issue with availability, tours leave every 45 minutes all through the day. We booked for late afternoon, $20 each for the three of us was a bit steep I thought but this was a new experience.
There were about 15 people on our tour, a mixture of adults and children and we met our guide, an intern, who took us on a walking tour through all those greenhouses. She was excellent – very well informed and great with the children.
She took the children to a big “fridge” and gave them their own little pot of ladybirds which they then released – a good form of pest control. We all got to taste a variety of the fruit and vegetables growing there – no chance to try the 9lb lemon though!
The children fed some of the fish, got close up with the alligators and we all got the lowdown on how they grow exotic crops and mind blowingly gigantic fruit and vegetables without soil. All very educational, lively and fun it was just the way to end our day in The Land.