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8 Facts and Secrets About Living with the Land at Disney’s Epcot

Living with the Land is a boat ride through the Land garden and greenhouses.  The ride is very interesting and educational as you learn more about the unique methods that Disney is using in order to increase the total produce yield and improve the quality of the output.  Here are 8 great facts and secrets about Living with the Land:





 

8 – The attraction has had a name change. 

Living with the Land initially had a different name for the attraction. The original name for the attraction when the ride first opened was Listen to the Land. It changed to Living with the Land in 1993 during a refurbishment.

7 – The biomes are quite impressive. 

The biomes that you see on the attraction where the plant are grown are much more controlled than you even realize. The different biomes vary to mimic the rainforest, desert, and prairie-like conditions to foster the perfect environment for the native plants. Not only that, the biomes have various effect capabilities to ensure the ideal conditions further. There is sound and lighting technology as well as wind, mist, and heat that are artificially generated to simulate the environment. These can be tweaked as need, too.

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6 – The produce is served at Disney restaurants.

The produce that is grown at The Land and is on display and viewed in Living with the Land is also served at many of the Disney restaurants around Walt Disney World. There are tons of produce grown and harvested from the pavilion, and Disney can make good use of the produce in the restaurants, so the produce you receive may be the produce grown at the pavilion, making it extra special and delicious.

5 – 82 as in 1982

Pay attention to the mailbox in the scene with the house. It has the number 82 on it, indicating 82 for the house number. This may seem like some arbitrary number, but of course, in true Disney fashion… it isn’t! 1982 is the year that Epcot opened, so 82 was a nice nod from the Imagineers to pay homage to the Epcot’s opening.





 

4 – Animals find a new home.

Pay attention to the buffalo and prairie dogs in the desert scene during the attraction. These buffalo and prairie dogs were actually created before Epcot was even in the planning stages. These animatronic animals were initially intended to be located at the Magic Kingdom. Imagineers planned to develop an attraction called the Western River Expedition, which would be a boat ride through the western desert and include desert animals and surroundings. The location for this attraction ended up getting replaced with the Pirates of the Caribbean, so these animals made their way to storage until years later when Living with the Land was being constructed, and they realized the animals could find a home in Epcot.

3 – The ride used to be narrated by cast members.

The second part of the attraction used to actually be narrated by cast members, but in 2006 that was changed. The ride switched over to be narrated entirely. The narrator for the attraction is Mike Brassell, who was also the narrator for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority in the Magic Kingdom at one point in the attraction’s history. This change occurred in 2006 and has remained the same, only with some re-recordings as needed based on what has been planted in various areas.

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2 – Only 1 major refurbishment.

There have been several refurbishments in the history of the attraction to do repainting, add FastPass to the attraction, add new boats, etc. There has only been 1 major refurbishment that resulted in a change to the attraction and what is shown. This occurred at the same time the name change was done in 1993. During this change, the attraction got a new song as well as a new opening scene and a new ending scene.

1 – Walt’s dog in the farm scene.

The animatronic dog in the farm scene will likely look familiar to you. It is the same dog that appears in Carousel of Progress and Pirates of the Caribbean at the Magic Kingdom. Not only that, this specific animatronic was modeled after Walt Disney’s own dog in real life.



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About Christy Caby

Hi! I’m Christy, and I am a wife and mother of 2 young boys (ages 5 and 2). I first fell in love with Disney when my mom took me when I was a child. After that I proceeded to go to WDW for my senior trip with my friends, and I completed a year in the Disney College Program (working in merchandise at Mickey’s of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios). I shared my love of Disney with my now husband and sucked him in. He proposed at Disney, we honeymooned at Disney, we started bringing our boys before they were born and then as early as 8 weeks old. We then continued to vacation to Walt Disney World 2-3 times per year. We decided that what makes more sense than just moving to Orlando so that we could live the Disney life and be here for all of our favorite events and seasons every year. That is exactly what we did! Now we are at the parks a couple times a week and go for most events and major holidays. We can’t get enough and get to experience Disney in a whole different way. I love to share this love and passion for all things Disney with the world and hope that I can help others appreciate the magic that Walt Disney World has to offer!