Living with the Land is a boat ride that explores agricultural advances in the rain forest, Africa and beyond. During the first part of Living with the Land, you’ll gently glide pass Audio-Animatronic figures and impressively detailed scenes of tropical rainforests, arid deserts and American prairies before humans arrived. This portion of the ride begins with an approaching storm, jumpstarting the cycle of life.
From there your boat passes video sequences that discuss the impact of humans and emerging farming methods that are better for the environment. You’ll learn how scientists from countries around the world, including Japan, United States, Saudi Arabia and Mexico, are learning to “live with the land” by finding new ways to grow food that promote both human and environmental health.
During the last part of the attraction, you’ll get to see and travel inside the actual greenhouses called the Living Laboratory. Here’s some of what you’ll see:
- The Tropics Greenhouse – Food from Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Southern United States (like papaya, bananas, cacao, rice, and dragon fruit) are grown here.
- Aquacell – You’ll find fish farming in here with crops of sturgeon, hybrid bass, tilapia, catfish, alligators, sunshine bass and more. Nearly 5,000 lbs of fish each year are served at restaurants all over Walt Disney World.
- The Temperate Greenhouse – Sunflowers, wheat, watermelon, and peppers grow in this greenhouse that features sustainable agriculture, such as intercropping, specialized irrigation systems and more. These types of technologies reduce waste and increase production.
- The Production & Creative Greenhouse – This uses innovative irrigation and growing techniques to grow produce like peanuts, sweet potatoes, lettuce, tomato trees and peppers to serve in restaurants in The Land.
- The Herb Greenhouse – Parsley, swiss chard, edible flowers and more are found here.
- Biotechnology Lab – Scientists are here working to produce higher yielding and better quality plants, while developing aquaculture systems.
Tad and Lily like the relaxing change of pace provided by Living with the Land. Their favorite part is the greenhouse with the giant pumpkins. Mommy Frog LOVES Living with the Land, but she does get a little jealous that she can’t grow produce like that at home.
Living with the Land is a 14-minute gentle boat ride on the lower level of The Land Pavilion at Epcot. Each boat has bench seating which can accommodate four guests per row. There are no restraints. Guests must transfer from their motorized scooter or ECV to an available wheelchair to experience the attraction. Audio Description devices that provide supplemental audio for guests with visual disabilities are available at Guest Relations. Handheld Captioning devices, which display text segments at this attraction, are also available at Guest Relations.
Source: Undercover Tourist