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By Jayship Earth

Living with the Land is located in Epcot’s Land Pavilion. It is one of the few modern-day Epcot attractions that follows the message of E.P.C.O.T. Center’s original goal; to educate and entertain. Here, guests learn how our food is grown in various climates and locales, and see the innovative ways we are cultivating fruits and vegetables to meet the needs of future generations.

IMG_0298Living With The Land, originally Listen To The Land, was an E.P.C.O.T. Center opening day attractions. Some of the animatronics used in the show were originally created for the never produced Western River Expidition at the Magic Kingdom. Over the years, Living With the Land has gone through very minor changes, the elimination of the live narration being the most drastic. Originally, a cast member narrated the attraction, and the spiel might change over time and with each different guide, but now it is always the same pre-recorded message. The current narration is well-written and engaging, but definitely lacks the human element.

Guests of all ages board the slow moving boats on the bottom floor of the Land Pavilion. You are first treated to highly details scenes of living environments from around the world, complete with rain, wind and heat effects. You’ll see the tropical rainforests full of alligators and giant plant life, as well as bison and prairie dogs in the desolate plains. Finally, you’ll also see the American farmhouse, where, if you look up, you’ll get a glimpse into the Garden Grill restaurant, where the vegetables and fish grown in the attraction are served.

largeThe second half of the attraction takes you through a futuristic greenhouse. Here, produce is grown in sand, in water and hanging from the ceiling. Lemons are the size of pumpkins, and pumpkins are grown in the shape of hidden Mickeys. But it is not only fruits and vegetables, as you’ll also see fish farms, an alligator tank and eels in aquariums (not everything in the attraction is meant to be food).

Living With the Land isn’t the first stop on most people’s list, though it’s proximity to Soarin’ keeps the guest flow pretty high. I really love the attraction. I find it very relaxing, sailing gently through the picturesque environments, and usually the lines are very minimal throughout the day. The attraction is great for guests of all ages, and despite its educational aspects, has enough going on in the highly detail show scenes and informational greenhouse to keep most children’s attention. I consider it Epcot’s version of the TTA, an attraction that’s rarely crowded, and great for riding several times throughout a vacation.

Now, sing with me…..

Just make believe, you’re a tiny little seed,

a tiny little seed that’s reaching up to meet your need.

With the right amount of faith, and the right amount of earth,

you’ll grow to see the sunshine on your day of birth.

Jason will happily discuss Mickey Bars, 80’s EPCOT Center, that Pirates of the Caribbean water smell, Hitchhiking Ghosts or the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater anytime you'd like. Jason lives in Illinois with his wife, and is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. His is work can be found at jasonmuhr.com.