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.
Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening
FASTPASS: Living with the Land is set up to distribute FASTPASSes, but the system is only operational when Epcot is very crowded, like Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Weeks. It may also operate during the busy spring break or summer seasons intermittently.
Type: Dark ride, slow boat ride
Similar To: The Great Movie Ride, only with plants instead of gangsters.
Scary Factor: Zero, unless the man-eating plants are hungry.
When To Go: Before 11:30am or after 5pm is usually best. Lines are nonexistent throughout the day when crowds are low and Epcot is recommended. From 12pm to 2pm lines are usually longest because a lot of people head to Sunshine Seasons for lunch, which is located right next door. Living with the Land ordinarily closes at 7pm. During the Test Track refurbishment, it is expected that it will continue operating through 10pm, even if this isn’t mentioned on the Times Guide. Finally, Living with the Land is a lot of fun in the dark because the greenhouses aren’t filled with natural light. Should you have the opportunity, I highly recommend riding when it’s dark.
Expect to Wait: 5 to 15 minutes before 11:30am. 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 in 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.
Commentary: Living With the Land is not a “thrill ride” by any stretch of the imagination, but most guests find it worthwhile and I would recommend it as part of any touring plan. 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. Living With the Land may have longer waits around lunch because Soarin’ and Sunshine Seasons are nearby. Many visitors will line up for Living With the Land while they wait for their Soarin’ FASTPASS time to come up or after a meal at Sunshine Seasons. If the line is long, return after 3pm when lines are usually shorter or collect FASTPASSes if they are available.