You’re going on vacation to Walt Disney World! The only problem? You’re not sure which attractions are right for you and your kiddos and you have questions. Which attractions are too intense for little ones? What rides do I really need a FastPass+ reservation for? What’s the disability access like for certain attractions? We’re answering all those questions and more in our Everything You Need to Know attraction series with today’s focus on Living with the Land at EPCOT!
What is Living with the Land?
Living with the Land is a slow-moving indoor boat ride through sets and a working greenhouse educating guests about agriculture and its impact on the earth.
Where is Living with the Land?
Living with the Land is located on the first floor of The Land pavilion at EPCOT.
What is the History of Living with the Land?
Living with the Land was originally known as Listen to the Land and debuted with EPCOT Center on opening day on October 1, 1982. The attraction closed for a refurbishment in 1993 and reopened the same year with a new name, Living with the Land.
What You Need to Know About the Queue
The queue consists of a series of switchbacks along colorful murals and quotes about the planet and the importance of nature for guests to look at. The entrance can be found adjacent to Sunshine Seasons on the first floor of The Land pavilion.
What You Need to Know About the Experience
The ride itself exists in two main parts. During the first part of the ride, guests float through indoor scenes representing different biomes, such as a desert, rainforest, and prairie. For the second part of the ride, guests learn about new agricultural methods and innovation to help mankind live with the land. Get it?
The boat moves slowly through the different scenes and sets, much like “it’s a small world” at the Magic Kingdom or the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros at EPCOT’s Mexico Pavilion. There are no drops. The greenhouse portion is often considered the ride’s highlight since the exhibits change constantly and some of the food being grown is Mickey-shaped.! Also, much of greenhouse produce is used in restaurants throughout Walt Disney World! The ride lasts about 14 minutes.
What is the Behind the Seeds Tour?
While riding, you may see Cast Members and other guests in the greenhouses for the Behind the Seeds tour. This one-hour tour allows guests to learn more about the plants, fish, and even insects inside Living with the Land, as well as different agricultural methods Disney employs. The tour is surprisingly cheap and offered throughout the day. While it’s suggested you book tours in advance by calling 407-WDW-TOUR, the Behind the Seeds tour can often be booked the day-of. Just head to the desk next to the entrance of Soarin’ and ask if there’s room in the next tour!
What You Need to Know About the Ride Vehicles
Each covered boat has five rows with a capacity of 3 to 5 guests depending on size. Four average-size adults is a typical load per row. Guests sit on long hard benches with a back. There are no safety restraints. A moderate step down into the boat is required to board.
What You Need to Know About Accessibility
There is a wheelchair capable boat. ECV users must transfer to a standard wheelchair.
What You Need to Know About Health and Safety Warnings
Due to the gentle nature of this attraction, there are no health or safety warnings for Living with the Land!
What are the Height Requirements?
There is no height requirement for Living with the Land! This attraction can be enjoyed by every member of the family.
Does Living with the Land Offer FastPass+?
Yes. However, Living with the Land is rarely a good use of a FastPass+. The line moves quickly and rarely has a long wait.
Does Weather Affect Living with the Land?
Since Living with the Land is located inside The Land pavilion, weather has no impact on the ride’s operation or those waiting in the queue.
What’s the Best Time of Day to Experience Living with the Land?
This chart shows you roughly how long you’ll wait for Living with the Land when you visit on a day with a given EPCOT Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average “peak” wait time (that is, how long the line will be at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it’s the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Living with the Land Wait Times.
Did I answer all of your questions about Living with the Land? Is this attraction at the top of your family’s vacation to-do list? Let us know in the comments.