Living with the Land

The Land which is located on the western side of Future World is a great learning experience for every one of all ages, especially if you are into agriculture! Taking a tour of “The Land” you will learn about many growing techniques such as Aquaponics and Hydroponics!


 Opening on October 1, 1982; this attraction was used to show humans how they can benefit from the land, but also how they can destroy the land. Even though the land has been open for 32 years and counting it has encountered many renovations. 

  • First off, Kraft Food Inc. sponsored The Land pavilion for 10 years (1982-1992) and was required to decorate the interior and exterior of the building! Most of the decorations included earth toned colors and exotic plant life! I would have loved to experienced this! 
  •  In 1993, plans were developed to modernize Epcot, even the attractions! This led to Kraft pulling its sponsorship on September 26, 1993 and Nestle now sponsoring The Land Pavilion on September 27th, 1993.
  • The renovation added more vibrant colors and also a attraction that takes guest on a boating adventure, and this was called “Living with the Land.” 

When entering the queue of Living with the Land you will witness many inspiring quotes about the earth on the back wall. For example: “Let us remember as we chase our dreams into the stars that our first responsibility is to our earth, to our children, and to our selves.” ~ George Bush.

Once you are on the boat, you will go on a tour of different environments such as:

  • Deciduous Forest in the middle of a thunderstorm
  • Artificial biomes representing a tropical rain-forest
  • A desert
  • American prairie.

Fun Fact: As you go through each environment the weather conditions will also change!

You then float through a small theater with videos playing on the left side. These videos illustrate the relationship between humans and the environments, and the best way humans are modifying the land to serve our purposes better!

After the theater, you venture off into the “Living Laboratory” which will mostly showcase ideas about the future of agriculture. The plants in this part are grown with various methods of Hydroponics! These plants are grown in:

  • sand
  • perlite
  • coconut coir
  • rockwool

The five areas of the “Living Laboratory” are:

  • Tropic Greenhouses – features crops from tropical areas
    • which includes
      • Bananas, cacao, jackfruit, peach palm, dragonfruit, vanilla, cleome, pineapple, java apple, and papaya.
  • Aquacell -focuses on aquaculture (fish farming)
    • Animals on display:
      • Tilapia, Sturgeon, Catfish, Bass, American Alligator, and shrimp
        • Some of these fish are served in restaurants around Epcot.
  • Production greenhouse – features plants from temperate climates.
    • Large plants:
      • Pumpkins, Winter Melon. Pomelo, Nine Pound Lemon
    • Other Plants:
      • Sunflower, Beets, Turnip, Cotton, Millet, and Cassabanana.
  • String Greenhouse – Nutrient Film Technique, Vertical Growing Technique *Plants frown on trellises
    • Plants:
      • Tomato Tree, Eggplant, Peppers, Winged Bean, Lettuce, and Snake Gourd, and Cucumbers.
  • Creative Greenhouse – Final Greenhouse, most plants are grown Aeroponically
    • Plants:
      • Tomato, Squash, Lettuce, Basil, Rosemary, Cabbage, Super-Dwarf Wheat, Swiss Chard, Marigold, and Snapdragon.
  • Additional Parts:
    • Biotechnology Lab:
      • Sterile Research Environment
    • Integrated Pest Management Lab:
      • Entomology Laboratory that raises beneficial insects for the use of the plants.

Listen to the Land was the attraction before Living with the Land became to be. The opening scene included the “Symphony of the Seed” which provided a look at the growth of a plant. They also had a tour guide on the boat, unlike they do on Living with the Land! Cool, right?


Behind the Seeds Tour:

The Behind the Seeds Tour, is a tour that Disney offers if you want to further your knowledge in the different ways in which most of the vegetables and fruit are produced in Disney World. The prices run $16.00 a child and $20.00 a adult! To book a tour, call the Walt Disney World Company at (407) 939-5277 or you can head to the desk next to the Soarin’ line and ask a cast member there!

Going on this tour almost every trip now, it is starting to grow on me (pun). Your tour guide will show you the different pests that they use and you even get to release Lady Bugs onto the plants, and eventually you get to feed the fish! Very informative and will keep your attention!

I recommend going on the Behind the Seeds tour especially if you love Science or Agriculture! My brother actually started a business learning about all of the growing methods! You may also get a good science fair project off of it!

Don’t forget if you are interested in growing your own plant, check our the front desk by Soarin’ and pick one out!


Descriptions:

Aquaponics: A system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water.

Hydroponics: The process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, with added nutrients but without soil.

Perlite: A form of obsidian characterized by spherlulites formed by cracking of the volcanic glass during cooling, used as insulation or in plant growth media.

Coconut Coir: fibrous material found between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut.

Rockwool: Inorganic material made into matted fiber used especially for insulation or soundproofing.


If you have any questions comment below and I will be glad to answer them!

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Chloe Frazier

My name is Chloe, and I will be posting about anything that has to do with Disney World whether it is Reviews, Histories, Tips, and so much more! One thing my mom and I do is sell Disney crafts! Check us out on Etsy at FloofyArts! If you have any questions about planning your next Disney trip or about the blog, email me at disneyworldsounds@gmail.com. Have a magical day!

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