Living With the Land

Opened: October 1, 1982.

Location:

Future World -The Land Pavilion. The entrance is located opposite of Soarin’ and underneath Circle of Life.

Closes Early: Unless it’s an evening Extra Magic Hours day, Living with the Land closes at 7pm.

Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening.

Ride Length: 15 minutes.

Type: Dark ride, slow boat ride.

Similar To: The Great Movie Ride, only with plants instead of gangsters.

Requirements: None.

Scary Factor: None, unless you have a  fear of genetically modified organisms.

What to Expect: Riders board large, slow moving boats that move through several greenhouses, live exhibits, and an aquacell.

While education is the focus, Living With the Land is a fun and interesting exploration of agriculture and the environment. Everything you see in the “living laboratory” is real.

You’ll see the world’s most productive tomato plant, NASA hydroponic growing units for use during long space missions, and a variety of other exhibits featuring state-of-the-art agricultural techniques.

I realize that doesn’t sound particularly riveting, but it’s more fun than it sounds. I promise!

Where to Sit: Each row seats three to four people. The front row of the first boat in the line has the best view, especially for pictures up ahead. However, just about every seat provides a great view of the plants and scenery because most everything is raised up and appears off to the sides of the boat.

Request the front row when the cast member asks how many are in your party at the front of the queue and you should be placed in the next available boat. Otherwise, every row is just fine.

FastPass+: Yes, low Tier 1 priority in advance. Living with the Land is in the same tier as Soarin’, Test Track, and IllumiNations, which most people will want to prioritize due to higher waits and lower distribution numbers.

What You Miss Using FastPass+:

Just the wait. The standby queue here just winds around with little to look at other than a mural.

Total Average Experience Time with FastPass+: 20 minutes.

4th FastPass+ Availability:

Expect to Wait:

When To Go: Before 10:30 or after 5pm is usually best. Lines are nonexistent throughout the day when crowds are low and Epcot is recommended. From 11am to 2pm lines are usually longest because a lot of people head to Sunshine Seasons for lunch, which is located right next door, in addition to the number of people that scoff at the high wait at Soarin’ and visit Living with the Land instead.

Rating: 8/10

Commentary: Living With the Land is not a “thrill ride” by any stretch of the imagination, but most guests find it worthwhile. Unfortunately, the second half of the ride is no longer narrated live. Instead, a recording is played while you move through the different areas.

This doesn’t ruin the experience, but the live narration made the ride a little more unique and gave people the opportunity to ask questions. This ride will probably be more popular with the adults in your group rather than the kids, but many kids enjoy the ride as well. If nothing else, it’s relaxing and air-conditioned.

Comments

  1. Terri in So Cal says

    Not sure what it is but we really like this ride. Myself, my mom-71, and my daughter-12. We always do it at least once per trip and it’s just so nice. I enjoy looking at all the different methods of plant growing. I do miss the live narration.

  2. Guppy1013 says

    The Behind the Seeds tour is basically behind the scenes of this ride. My husband and I did the tour a few years back and it was super interesting! (I am a science teacher, so take that into the “super interesting!” factor…

  3. Anonymous says

    my husband likes to refer to this as the ride “where you watch grass grow”. Something he mentions he can do more enjoyably sitting on back deck of our house overlooking our garden and drinking a cold beer. Needless to say this isn’t his favorite ride.

  4. Amy says

    I’m planning a trip during Christmas week this year. I’m trying to figure out whether this is worth using up one of my FP+. Do you know what’s the longest wait time for this ride over that period? Unfortunately, given the way our touring is probably going to go, I expect we’ll have to do this ride between the 12 to 2 pm time frame.

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