Today, I’m taking a top three trip on one of my favorite rides in all of Walt Disney World–Living with the Land. There’s many reasons to love this ride, but here are three of my favorites.
This ride is for everyone.
There are many attractions that all types of people can go on, but without a doubt Living with the Land works on so many levels. From Hidden Mickeys in the greenhouse to animals in the dark ride portion, and from unique plants that you may have never seen before to plants that you could grow in your backyard, there’s plenty to enjoy seeing on this ride. There’s also so much to learn–even if you’ve heard the script many times before, looking around the greenhouse may catch you seeing a plant that you’ve heard of but never seen, or learning how plants that you do know can be used in ways you didn’t realize.
The greenhouse makes you believe you can do this at home.
If there’s an award for best backyard garden skills, I’m the last person in line to be nominated. That said, looking around at the greenhouses, it’s easy to get inspired and think “I could do that.” In fact, many people have created their own hydroponics gardens after being inspired with a ride through of Living with the Land.
It has the signature Classic EPCOT vibe.
No characters here. No massive special effects. No thrill ride experiences. Just a slow-moving boat ride going past plants that might teach you something along the way. I have a feeling it would be hard to pitch this kind of ride today and have it built in a Disney park, and that’s a real shame. This ride retains the classic EPCOT vibe, and does so in a way that helps it stand the test of time. On a recent ride, the family in the two rows behind us, comprising at least three generations, had never been on the ride before and really had no idea what to expect. There were gasps of amazement as the boat rounded the corner and into the greenhouse, and at the end of the ride, they applauded. As they left, they said it was the neatest thing they had seen all day. Truly, this ride stands the test of time.
Are you a fan of Living with the Land? What’s your favorite part of this ride? Let us know in the comments.
First published August 1, 2019. Revised May 11, 2021.