Type

Boat Ride

Status

Opened

Fastpass+

Yes

Level

D - Major Attraction/Headliner

Height Requirement

None

Disney Warnings

Supervise children at all times.

Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.


About

Living with the Land is a slow moving boat ride through multiple environments as well as Epcot's expansive greenhouses.

 

Disney Description

Travel through three distinct ecosystems before visiting experimental greenhouses and aquaculture areas on this narrated boat tour.

 

Location

Located inside The Land Pavilion, perpendicular to Sunshine Seasons on the left side.

 

Appeals To

Adults seem to enjoy this attraction more than children. Gardeners specifically will be interested in this attraction.

 

Times Guide – Opening/Closing

This attraction opens with the park, but typically closes at 7:00 PM

 

Fastpass+ Notes

Living with the Land is one of the low range demand Fastpass+ reservations in the park. Availability will exist well into the day, and unless it's used midday it will not be a considerable time savings.

It is a "Tier 2" Fastpass+ attraction.

 

Queue Notes

The rarely used extended queue features a variety of switchbacks that are open to the rest of The Land Pavilion. A colorful mural lines the walls, and the mural features a variety of quotes. These include:

  • "Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves." - Rousseau
  • "The Earth is like my mother. You get punished if you make a mess. Why do you think this planet's called Mother Earth?" - Jessica Lee, Age 10 Hong Kong
  • "Nature never did betray the heart that loved her." - William Wordsworth
  • "We have changed our environment more quickly than we know how to change ourselves." - Walter Lippman
  • "I may be only one person, but I can be one person who makes a difference." - Vadra Francene Grace, Age 10 Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • "The secret powers of nature are generally discovered unsolicited." - Hans Christian Anderson
  • "Take care of the earth if you care for yourself." - Kids for Saving Earth Club Kathleen Stewart, Advisor Valley, Washington
  • "We can protect our future world by taking care of nature today by being involved with taking care of our air. Land and water we can make sure the world is a nice place to live in for the kids of the future." - Melissa Poe Age 13 Nashville, Tennessee
  • "Let us Remember as we chase our dreams into the stars that our first responsibility is to our earth, to our children to ourselves." - George Bush
  • "If we don't save the animals, the air, and the sky, they will be gone in a blink of an eye." - Danielle Dahl, Age 13 Davenport, Iowa
  • "Nature is not governed except by obeying her." - Francis Bacon
  • "We have changed our environment more quickly than we know how to change ourselves." - Walter Lippman
  • "Our environment is like a patchwork quilt. Each 'patch' is dependent on those around it. If one part unravels, it affects the rest." Kathy Hemeon's 6th Grade Class Del Paso Elementary School Sacramento, California
  • "In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments - there are consequence." - Robert G. Ingersoll
  • "Our Earth like a child needs love and affection, so we should provide and care for it as if it were a child." - Kim Phelan Age 11, Boxford, Massachusetts
  • "It is important to save the world because I love animals, trees, flowers, cities and people. I don't want them to get hurt or sick or die." - Marina Zecchino Age 5 Closter, New Jersey
  • "Once our natural splendor is destroyed it can never be recaptured." - Lyndon B. Johnson
  • "If only society and the environment could work together we would have a masterpiece." - Tanja Vogt, Age 15 West Milford, New Jersey
  • "We have not inherited the world from our forefathers we have borrowed it from our children." - Kashmiri Proverb
  • "It is important to save the Earth because thats all we have. We don't get another." - Amy Larrick, Age 9 Rockford, Illinois
  • "We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it." - Pope John Paul II
 

Vehicle Description

The vehicles are large green boats that feature bench seating. Two boats are connected and travel along a track and the dual boats can seat 36-38 guests each. Two connected boats are dispatched at the same time. The boats have 5 benches each for a total of 10 benches per dispatch. The handicapped accessible boats have 3 full size benches on the back boat and a single shorter bench. The boats are mostly green with a green canopy overhead.

 

Story

The attraction has evolved over the years. Originally known as Listen to the Land, the current version is known as Living with the Land. The attraction originally featured a live narrator, but that was replaced in 2006 with a new audio system and two recorded narrators.

A large mural lines the back wall of the load area. The style and colors of the mural is similar to the murals in the queue. The mural features various landscapes and does not feature quotations unlike the queue.

The attraction begins with a storm sequence where the narrator introduces the attraction as a voyage of discovery and awareness. Simulated rain, thunder and lightning is accented with waterfalls coming down from the rocks and trees. We learn that the storm brings changes to the land that is beneficial to the environment. The narrator continues explaining that beneath the surface of the land, the roots of the trees trap water from flowing mud to create one of the most diverse living systems of our planet.

Our boat travels into the rainforest scene where animatronic animals line the waterfront and we learn how essential the rain forests are to our lives. From the rainforest, we shift into the desert scene where we learn that the plants and animals that survive here have adapted to make use of what little water is available to them.

The American Prairie scene is highlighted by Buffalo and the American Farm. The bedroom of the Farm can be viewed from the Garden Grill restaurant.

Following the farm, the barn theater showcases many photos of farmers utilizing the land. Videos also show natural ways to use the land including:

  • "In Japan we're learning that by adding composted leaves and other plant material to our soil we can reduce the need for fertilizer."
  • "In farmlands across America, we're learning that by plowing under vegetation containing natural fertilizers we can enrich the soil without the use of chemicals."
  • "In Saudi Arabia and Mexico, we're learning to produce food on desert seacoasts by developing and planting crops that thrive on salt water."
  • "Here at Epcot, we're learning to reduce the need for pesticides by using natural predators like lady bugs and wasps to control pests."

From the barn theater, we travel into the Production & Research Center greenhouses. The greenhouses highlight four areas:

  • Biotechnology
  • Crop Production
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Aquaculture

The first greenhouse features a variety of crops including papaya, bananas, cacao, jackfruit, dragon fruit and more. The boat's path winds through the first greenhouse as many of the crops are explained in detail. The next room features tanks that include sturgeon, channel catfish, hybrid bass and American alligators. Smaller tanks include shrimp before the boat travels into the next greenhouse.

The next greenhouse highlights plants that can survive in unfavorable conditions as well as using unique methods to produce a higher yield for crops. This area is highlighted by the 9 pound lemons. The next area features plants like eggplants and tomatoes that are being grown as "trees" to produce more fruits. A tomato tree here lived for 16 months and produced more than 32,000 tomatoes.

The next scene highlights the future of agriculture and some of the methods being used. One such method called aquaponics features a hybrid Tilapia tank beneath produce. The Tilapia act as a fertilizer for the produce, and the plants help keep the water clean for the fish. A look inside the Epcot lab explains that Epcot is working with the U.S. department of agriculture for increased production as well.

A tunnel leads into the finale scene which is a collection of photos featuring individuals that are, "Truly living with the land." Before the unload area, the narration also highlights the Behind the Seeds Tour as another educational option that continues the experience of Living with the Land.

 

Sponsors

  • 2011-Current: Chiquita
  • September 27, 1993 - 2007: Nestle
  • October 1, 1982 - September 26, 1993: Kraft
 

Similar Attractions

The ride system is similar to Pirates of the Caribbean and "it's a small world". The educational components are unlike any current attraction but are similar to the now extinct attraction, Horizons.

 

Videos

The below video is used with permission from the YouTube channel Virtual Disney World. These videos allow users to manipulate the camera a full 360 degrees using their cursor or directional arrows on their computer. Users on a smartphone or tablet can also manipulate the camera by moving their device in the direction they wish to look.

 

Significant Personnel

Narrators

  • Marsha Mason: Indoor area
  • Mike Brassell: Greenhouses
 

Photos