Living With the Land

by josh on April 17, 2010

Living With The Land

Opened: October 1, 1982

Location: Future World -The Land Pavilion.  The entrance is located opposite of Soarin’ on the lower level of the Land Pavilion.

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

Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening

FastPass+: Yes, low priority.

Type: Dark ride, slow boat ride

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

Requirements: None

Scary Factor: Zero, unless you have a  fear of genetically modified organisms.

When To Go: Before 11am 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.

Expect to Wait: 5 to 15 minutes before 11am or after 5pm.  When the overall crowd level is a 7 or higher or Epcot is expressly not recommended, waits between 11:30am and 2pm can hit 20 to 30 minutes.

Length: 15 minutes

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

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.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Terri in So Cal September 11, 2011 at 11:27 am

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.


Guppy1013 August 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm

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…


Anonymous October 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm

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.


Amy November 4, 2013 at 9:00 am

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.


Rachel February 13, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Just got back from Disney, had never been on this one before. It was wonderful!


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