The Behinds the Seeds Tour at Epcot: Walt Disney World Backstage Tourby Deb Kendall, PassPorter Message Board Guide (Moderator)
Last modified 05-19-2011
For years we saw the boats of the Living with The Land attraction but never ventured over to the ride because we were so focused on riding Soarin’.
On one trip we decided to see what the boats were all about and were pleasantly surprised to find a secret world of gardens and nature inside. I really wished I could go inside the attraction and explore all the wonders of it. From the boat, we could see that there were fish, alligators, Mickey-shaped vegetables and hydroponic gardens.
Behind The Seeds Tour
I asked a Cast Member a few questions and found out we could actually take a one-hour walking tour of the greenhouses and get to experience up close all that we saw from the boats.
This is the Behind the Seeds Backstage Tour. Reservations for this tour can be made in advance by calling (407) WDW-TOUR or tickets can be purchased in The Land Pavilion, at the desk to the left of the Soarin’ entrance. It is very reasonable at $18.00 per adult (10 and up), and $14.00 per child (3-9 yrs). They also offer DVC discounts. The tour is offered multiple times each day. The tour is also wheelchair and ECV friendly. I toured on my ECV with no trouble at all.
The first stop is the lab, where we learned some of the science behind the crops and about the helpful insects used in growing crops. We were given ladybugs to release in the greenhouse. We saw hanging pots that circled around on overhead conveyors, with their roots passing through nutrient stations. There were tanks of fish whose water circulated through a group of plants to help fertilize them. There were so many interesting ideas about growing plants without soil - it was amazing!
We were given many ideas on things that could be done at home on a smaller scale. We got to sample cucumbers grown in the greenhouse. There is a very aromatic spice garden where we got to play a game of “Guess the Spice” by smelling each spice in its natural state. Some of the spices sure look nothing like we thought they would!
Further along, we came upon the alligators. They were very interesting to see up close as they sunned themselves under heat lamps. They are not the most active of animals. Next on the tour were huge round tanks of fish. We were given food to feed them. Beware of getting splashed because they really like that food!
We learned many interesting facts while on the tour. For example, did you know that the food grown in the greenhouse is actually used in some of the restaurants in Epcot?
All in all this tour is a great learning experience where you are encouraged to ask questions from your well informed guide. You are never rushed through this tour. The greenhouse itself is covered with a huge glass dome so this tour is perfect for any day, even in bad weather. I hope you take an hour out of your day and explore this hidden gem.
Behind The Seeds Tour
About the Author: Deb Kendall is a Co-Guide for the PassPorter's Vacationing Your Way: Your Special Needs forum Message Board. She is a Disney Vacation Club Member and is always looking forward to her next Walt Disney World Vacation.
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We went on the tour in Feb. I picked this tour because I thought it would be something that my dad would enjoy doing. We had a great tour guide. Our group was very quiet and didn't ask many questions. I think my 2 favorite things that we got to see on the tour was the cinnamon tree and the pepper tree/shrub. Those are 2 things that I have never seen grown. So when we got home I did some research on how they were grown and harvested.
We took that tour when we went in 2009 and it was so worth the money we paid to take the tour. It is so fascinating to see all the different techniques that they use to grow plants. I took lots of photos of it.
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Updated 05-19-2011 - Article #639
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