On Living with the Land
|December 3, 2012||Posted by John Saye under EPCOT||
I love the EPCOT park, and one of the things that I love in it the most is Living with the Land. It’s one of those attractions that I keep feeling like it’s on the edge of getting scrapped all the time for something just a little more thrilling, but the fact of the matter is that I love it. It’s a calm and peaceful boat ride with a real live human guide that takes you through a fantastic hydroponic garden there at EPCOT where much of the food for the Garden Grill upstairs actually comes from. They teach you about conservation and about how much food can actually be grown well in small spaces using the hydroponic method.
I’m always fascinated by the science (If I’m ever likely to do a garden, wouldn’t it be a little bit of a weird one?) and besides, the line is usually pretty short. Most folks in the Land pavilion are headed down to get their fast passes for Soarin’ so while they are doing that, sneak over to Living with the Land and hop on board.
One interesting thing to look at (maybe I’ll get a picture of it next time rather than looking around like a kid on the Jungle Cruise) is the melons, and the pumpkins that they are growing inside molds that look like mickey heads. Many plants will actually grow into the shaped areas they are allowed to fill up, so you can get some pretty interesting shapes that way.
A little dated towards the beginning, but filled with science and a garden that is always different each time you return to Disney, this ride constantly lives in a state of flux that makes it interesting to come back time and time again.