Happy August everyone! I can’t believe summer’s about to wrap up and kids are ready to head back to school soon! It feels like just yesterday that I was sending everyone information on how to Beat the Heat on their summer vacations. As we wind down our last few weeks of the fun in the sun, my family and I we are looking to find exciting ways to finish off our break with a bang. What better than hitting the parks and refreshing our knowledge with an old favorite!
When my family and I visit the parks, we like to make sure we maximize our time by reserving the thrill rides for our choice fast passes and supplement our wait time with rides that are less likely to have too long of a wait. One of our FAVORITES is Living with the Land, located one the first floor in the The Land Pavilion near Innoventions West in Epcot.
We have been on Living with the Land many times and I personally have never seen the ride with over a 10 minute wait, which is why we use this particular attraction as a filler to Soarin’. The day that my daughter and I went, however, was a surprisingly busy day and we ended up waiting around 30 minutes in the queue for our boat. The extra time didn’t annoy me in the least, as it gave me more time to take in the queue, which I would have completely missed had we not “stopped to smell the roses.” The Living with the Land queue, has a number of inspirational quotes from many different individuals, in addition, has beautiful murals of farmers working with the Land! (see photo). The ride itself always seems to surprise me, each and every time I ride, I notice something new that I had never seen before. The greenhouse, where the ride goes straight through, takes you by a multitude of plants, vegetables and trees and shows guests the innovative ways to grow them using the most space efficient techniques possible. Some examples of the items they are growing at Living with the Land are, Canna, Pineapple, Bougainvillea, Golden Lotus Banana, Java Apple, Fluted Pumpkin, Japanese Maple, Papyrus, Dragon Fruit and Cacao (to name a few).
They are also involved in Hydroponics and Integrated Aquaculture, where they showed how the plants/water provide nourishment to the fish and in turn the fish in the tank provide fertilizer to help the plants grow, the “Circle of Life” alive and well at Epcot!
All in all, the Living with the Land attraction is always worth the trip, as even though you might think you know everything there is to know about the attraction, you might be surprised and see something you never even knew existed (aka see hidden Mickey planter).
If you are ready to experience the Magic up close, contact your Me and The Mouse Travel Specialist!