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Friday, November 11, 2011

Countdown to 2012 WDW Marathon Weekend #54

#54 - Epcot's Living with the Land

From the Walt Disney World website:
Living with the Land is a 14-minute boat ride in Future World at Epcot theme park that explores agricultural advances in the rain forest, Africa and beyond.

Set sail on a voyage of discovery through living laboratories as you cruise past the American plains, a tropical rain forest and the African desert to witness the latest developments in aquaculture and desert farming. Float by experimental greenhouses—where produce is grown for Epcot restaurants—and take a fascinating first-hand look at an aqua environment, the Aquacell, with alligators and fish. The greenhouses grow crops native to many cultures, including rice, sugar cane and bananas.

This thought-provoking ride will leave you amazed at the wondrous ways scientists are helping farmers prepare for the food needs of our world's nations.

Why am I looking forward to Living with the Land?
This is one of my favorites.  It's a boat ride through an amazing area.  It starts out with some different scenes of different environments - honestly, this could use some updating, but it's still fun to see some audio animatronics. You move on through some educational type videos with narratives - this isn't the most exciting part, but the images are stirring. 

The next part of the journey is truly amazing and it's a changing environment.  Why is it changing?  Well, the next part is full of real living plants and some aquatics that are being used to test different methods of growing crops, natural pesticides (think wasps and lady bugs) and more.  The reason it changes is because the crops rotate with the seasons.  You never know if you're going to see 9 pound lemons, pumpkins, dragon fruit or something you've never seen before.

You'll also see some American alligators, fish, shrimp, eels and other aquatic life.

One of the best parts of this attraction is that it provides a lot of vegetables and fish to the restaurants at Epcot so things do not go to waste.  The team here also holds some world records for the size of fruits grown (9 pound lemon) and the number of fruit produced per plant (tomato).  You might also see some familiar fruits/veggies being grown in very familiar shapes!
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For those that want a closer look at the attraction and experiments you can take the Behind the Seeds tour that lasts an hour and gets you up close and personal with some of the exhibits.  For around $14 per adult, this is a great tour.  You get to ask all the questions you want, may be able to sample one of the veggies growing there and get up close and personal with some of the aquatic life.  I highly recommend this inexpensive tour!
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