PRESENTED BY NESTLE USA
Set sail on a voyage of
discovery through living laboratories. Cruise through a tropical rain
forest, the African desert and the American plains to discover the latest
developments in aquaculture and desert farming. Float by experimental
greenhouses and take a fascinating first-hand look at an aqua environment
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Land, presented by Nestlé USA, which features the motion
picture "Circle of Life," an environmental fable starring several
characters from "The Lion King," "Living With the Land" boat ride through
greenhouses of the future, and the zany "Food Rocks" concert about good
nutrition; and the all-new IMAGINATION! presented by Kodak, with the new ride-through attraction Journey
Into Your Imagination. If you're enjoying fresh vegetables at Epcot's
Garden Grill, Sunshine Season Food Fair or Coral Reef restaurants, chances
are they were grown right in the theme park. Last year, more than 30
tons of fruits and veggies were harvested from The Land pavilion's greenhouses.
Squash plants suspended in thin air. A living redwood that fits in the
palm of your hand. And corn plants that have been specially bred to
resist damage from a deadly pest. Walt Disney World guests at Epcot
may encounter any of these innovations, and much more, at The Land pavilion,
which offers a fascinating look at the environment, the foods we eat
and creative ways to feed future generations. The Land is presented
by Nestlé USA, a company committed to worldwide nutrition research
and helping to preserve the environment. The pavilion features Living
With the Land, a boat ride through live plant and fish growing
areas; Behind the Seeds, a special guided walking tour of
the greenhouse growing areas; Food Rocks, a humorous musical
show with famous rock 'n' roll performers; Circle of Life,
a wide-screen film about our partnership with nature worldwide; and
two dining experiences -- the Sunshine Season Food Fair and The Garden
Grill Restaurant. The pavilions entry mosaics -- each 134 feet
long with 150,000 individually shaped pieces of marble, granite, slate,
glass and gold to represent the layers of the Earth -- lead to the Great
Hall. Designed in rich hues of blue with graceful banners and kinetic
hot-air balloons, the pavilion encourages guests to think environmentally,
right down to prolific sayings printed on the walls near the queue for
Living With the Land -- for example, Once Our Natural
Splendor Is Destroyed, It Can Never Be Recaptured (Lyndon Baines
Johnson); and We Have Not Inherited the Earth From Our Forefathers,
We Have Borrowed It From Our Children (Kashmiri Proverb). The
centerpiece of The Land is Living With the Land, a narrated
14-minute boat journey through four greenhouses with crops from around
the world and an aquaculture facility, the Aquacell. Sustainable agriculture
-- crop production with a minimal impact on the environment -- is emphasized.
The journey opens with an introductory storm scene and a look at animated
tropic, desert and prairie biomes that existed before humans arrived.
A turn-of-the-century farm represents early attempts to cultivate the
land. The boat glides on into The Lands experimental growing areas:
The Tropics Greenhouse, growing crops native to Southeast Asia, Africa,
Latin America and the southern United States. Rice, sugar cane, peanuts,
cacao, bananas and a 59-foot peach palm flourish under a 60-foot dome.
The Aquacell, showcasing crops that swim -- fish and other aquatic life
including alligators, catfish, tilapia, sunshine bass and American eel.
The Temperate Greenhouse, featuring the concepts and technologies of
sustainable agriculture, including intercropping, integrated pest management
and specialized irrigation systems that reduce waste and increase crop
The Production Greenhouse, where tons of tomatoes, peppers, lettuce
and other vegetables are grown for use in The Lands Garden Grill
Restaurant and other Epcot restaurants. Land scientists utilize growing
systems that are kinder to the environment and improve productivity.
The Creative House, showing imaginative ways to grow crops -- without
soil, hanging in the air, even on a space station. USDA scientists currently
are working at The Land to develop fruit with a longer shelf life.
Food Rocks Hip, Lighthearted Look at Nutrition
Guests of all ages will rollick with Food Rocks, a rowdy
concert starring recognizable rock 'n' roll performers that take the
shapes of favorite foods -- the Peach Boys, Pita Gabriel and Chubby
Cheddar, for example. Füd Wrapper, based on Tone Loc, is the host
of the concert.
On stage, the music stars become cartoon versions of the foods, singing
classics that have been humorously altered for an unforgettable nutritional
message. Other performers in the 12-minute show include The Utensils,
a collection of kitchen gadgets based on the band Queen; The Refrigerator
Police, singing a parody of Every Breath You Take; The Sole
of Rock 'n' Roll, a fish based on Cher singing new lyrics to The
Shoop Shoop Song; a piano-playing pineapple based on Little Richard;
Neil Moussaka, a musical eggplant inspired by Neil Sedaka; and The Get-To-The-Point
Sisters, based on The Pointer Sisters, singing a new version of Respect.
The Excess, antagonistic hard rockers, counter the nutritional message
with an original song called Give Us Junk. The musical delivers
lighthearted nutritional messages about reading food labels, a healthy
diet and eating in moderation.
Film Takes Guests Through Circle of Life
The motion picture Circle of Life features animated characters
from The Lion King introducing a film that addresses the
delicate balance between humankinds progress and the environment.
Scenes were filmed in more than 30 nations.
Guests Can Get a Closer Look
For guests who desire an in-depth tour, the Behind the Seeds
Greenhouse Tour is available. The Land scientists meet groups of up
to 13 throughout the day for a 60-minute tour of the growing areas and
research labs. Epcot guests can ask questions and take a closer look
at environmentally friendly technologies such as integrated pest management.
Sign-up for the tours, generally 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., is at the Green
Thumb Emporium on the pavilions ground floor. There is a nominal
fee for the tour.
School students can participate in the Epcot Y.E.S. (Youth Education
Series) Harvests and Habitats program. The half-day program,
hosted by staff scientists, investigates mans relationship with
the planet, and includes a brief tour of The Land growing areas.
Dining at The Land
For informal snacks and meals, Sunshine Season Food Fair offers an array
of foods from barbecue to angel food cake topped with strawberries.
Eight themed counter-service stalls are on the lower level
of the pavilion, with seating at umbrella-topped tables.
Upstairs The Garden Grill Restaurant features a family-style feast,
morning, mid-day and evening. Grilled smokehouse ham steak, scrambled
eggs, grits, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit and more are on the breakfast
menu. At lunch and dinner, rotisserie chicken, farm-raised fish and
hickory-smoked steak top the offerings, plus a visit by favorite Disney
The produce and fish harvested from The Land growing areas are used
in both the Sunshine Season Food Fair and The Garden Grill Restaurant.
The restaurant revolves over scenes from the boat voyage below.
The Land is a fabulous pavilion sponsored by Nestlé. For
one thing, It is huge and the best part about that is that it has a
lot to offer.
There are four excellent attractions inside. Living With The
Land is a boat ride through a number of settings showing how, through
history, people learned to live with the land. Some nice vignettes
and animatronics are featured in this first part of the ride.
Following that, you ride through greenhouses where Disney Company, with
NASA and the USDA (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture), is conducting some very
successful and unique experiments. Mostly these experiments are
with food crops, learning to grow in water, in plain sand, suspended
in air, etc. You will also see experiments in optimizing the
growing of food fish. If this ride through the greeenhouses makes
you curious, sign up for the Behind the Seeds Tour, a walking tour (about
one hour for $6) of the greenhouses for a more in-depth look into plant
cloning and using insects to control plant pests.
Circle of Life is a film featuring your favorite Lion King characters
in a fascinating look at environmental challenges and some creative
ways to protect and improve our world.
Food Rocks. Its title is a multi-level pun, for all you pun lovers.
Ready for a rock concert? Well this attraction offers a hilarious look
into nutrition by use of parodies of many classic rock 'n' roll songs
you are sure to recognize.
Coming in for a Landing
Besides the attractions, film, tour and show, this is a great place
to eat. There is The Garden Grill, a revolving restaurant with
table service hosted by farmers Chip 'n Dale.
For something quick to eat, you will find right inside the entrance
the Sunshine Season Food Fair, a food court with delectable specialties.
One may have barbecue, another pasta, another sandwiches. So,
if you're longing for a baked potato and ice cream, this is your place.
This 1986 photograph of The Land shows a long line of people spanning
the entire picture. They are all waiting to get into Walt Disney World's
newest attraction, The Living Seas. I hope they'd all seen what was
in store for them in The Land first, and picked up some soup and pasta
for the wait.
Presented by Nestlé, The land features 3 main attractions along
with a large food court at it's center and a revolving restaurant, The
The Circle of Life:
Your Lion King Friends in an environmental film fable at the Circle
of Life Theater.
A nutritious concert. Quite cute. Kids and adults alike
will be amused by the singing, rocking vegetables. Your host's
voice is provided by rapper Tone Loc.
Living with the Land:
A boat ride through amazing agriculture. Here you will see some
innovative ways to grow and harvest food. Most of the food and fish
grown here are served in Epcot restaurants.
From the tropics to deserts, we have adapted to the land and its climates,
learning to farm it and cherishing its bounty. In the Land, the ancient
partnership between us and "the good earth" is celebrated
in six fascinating acres. Start with a cruise past different environments
into prototype growing areas where agricultural innovations promise
food and fuel for the future. See experimental farming techniques on
the Harvest Tour and visit the Harvest Theater to discover agricultural
traditions from 20 nations. Enjoy healthy treats which - like The Land
itself - gives you food for thought.
Living with the Land - a gentle 14-minute boat ride through unique indoor
plant growing areas. An introduction shows tropic, desert
and prairie biomes that existed before humans arrived. Your guide
explains all about the four greenhouses and the aquaculture facility.
The boat glides on into The Lands experimental growing areas:
The Tropics Greenhouse
- crops such as rice, sugar cane, peanuts, cacao, and bananas are usually
grown under the 60-foot dome. These crops can be found in
Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America and the southern United States.
The Aquacell -
crops include fish, alligators, catfish, tilapia, sunshine bass and
The Temperate Greenhouse
- featuring the concepts and technologies of sustainable agriculture,
including intercropping, integrated pest management and specialized
irrigation systems that reduce waste and increase crop production.
The Production Greenhouse
- where tons of tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and other vegetables are
grown for use in The Lands Garden Grill Restaurant and other Epcot
restaurants. Land scientists utilize growing systems that are kinder
to the environment and improve productivity.
The Creative House
, showing imaginative ways to grow crops -- without soil, hanging in
the air, even on a space station. USDA scientists currently are working
at The Land to develop fruit with a longer shelf life.
Food Rocks - Enter the theater, sit back and be entertained by
the Peach Boys, Pita Gabriel, Chubby Cheddar, and your host Füd
Wrapper. These Animatronic cartoon versions of foods
sing classic tunes with lyrics reworked to convey nutritional messages
about reading food labels, a healthy diet and eating in moderation.
Performers in the 12-minute show include The Utensils, a collection
of kitchen gadgets based on the band Queen; The Refrigerator Police,
singing a parody of "Every Breath You Take"; The Sole of Rock
'n' Roll, a fish that strongly resembles the singer Cher; a piano-playing
pineapple based on Little Richard; Neil Moussaka, a musical eggplant
inspired by Neil Sedaka; and The Get-To-The-Point Sisters, based on
The Pointer Sisters, singing a new version of "Respect."
Other songs include:"Always Read the Wrapper" (Füd Wrapper),
"Choose Before You Chew" (U-Tensils and Cast), "Give
Us Junk" (original composition, TheExcess), "Good Nutrition"
(The Peach Boys), "High Fiber" (Pita Gabriel), "Just
Keep It Lean" (The Sole of Rock n Roll), "Lets
Exercise" (Chubby Cheddar), "Tutti Frutti" (Richard)
"Vegetables Are Good for You" (Neil Moussaka) "Well
Make It Count in the Kitchen" (U-Tensils).
The Circle of Life - a wide-screen movie about the environment and our
relationship with the land, hosted by the stars of The Lion King.
All set to build Hakuna Matata Vacation Resort, Pumbaa and Timon are
damming rivers and cutting down trees. Simba steps in to remind
them, and us, to take care of our environment. The photography
in this movie is outstanding and not to be missed. Scenes were
filmed in over 30 nations.
Epcot Attractions At A Glance
The Garden Grill Restaurant - is a unique, circular sit-down restaurant
that actually moves slowly throughout your entire meal. As the
restaurant glides you will be able to look out into the main hall of
The Land Pavilion and also catch glimpses of Living With the Land boat
ride. The Garden Grill serves an all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch
and dinner with Farmer Mickey and Farmers Chip and Dale. This
is not a buffet, the food is brought to your table.
Deb's Mini Review - Lunch at the Garden Grill was lots of fun with the
characters who gave us lots of attention! The food was good,
but too heavy for lunch. Also, $17 is more than I want to spend
for lunch, even with Mickey!! I suggest going for breakfast or
Sunshine Season Food Fair - counter service fast food with various stations
offering a bakery, soups and salads, sandwiches, barbecue, potatoes,
pasta and ice cream.
Epcot Restaurants At A Glance
Menus From Around the World
Vegetarian and Other Special Diets
The Living with the Land boat ride is a FASTPASS attraction!
Living with the Land is a slow-loading attraction. Lines
will build about mid-morning and don't lighten up until much later in
the day. See this early in the morning or after dark.
The Food Rocks and The Circle of Life theaters are rarely crowded so
you can enjoy these attractions at your leisure.
Behind the Seeds Tour - a special guided walking tour of the greenhouse
areas. Land scientists or a member of the College Horticultural
team meet groups of up to 12 throughout the day for a 60-minute tour
of the growing areas and research labs. You can ask questions
and take a closer look at environmentally friendly technologies such
as integrated pest management. You must sign-up for the tour,
at the Green Thumb Emporium on the pavilions ground floor.
Arrive early since the tour will book up before noon. This tour
costs $6 per adult and $4 for children 3-9. It is well worth the
Hidden Mickey Sightings:
Food Rocksrotating lights below entrance come together in MICKEY
MOUSE shape every five seconds
Living with the Landthree circles near bottom of mural directly
across from loading area
The Circle of Lifebaseball cap of the man driving a harvester
Assistive Listening Devices from Guest Services Can Be Used in The Circle
of Life and Food Rocks.
Reflective Captioning Available for the Circle of Life and Food Rocks
KIDS AND CHARACTERS
Disney Characters are typically not found in Future World Pavilions.
They do appear on the Holiday Bus around World Showcase. Check your
Daily Epcot Guide Map for times and locations.
Epcot Characters At A Glance
Character Meet and Greet FAQ!
Green Thumb Emporium - Environmental kitchen and garden gifts.
Kitchen Kabaret items sold here in the 1980's have become sought after
collectibles! (Sign up here for the Behind the Seeds Tour!)
Shopping in Walt Disney World
The Land's entry mosaics are each 134 feet long with 150,000 individually
shaped pieces of marble, granite, slate, glass and gold to represent
the layers of the Earth that lead to the Great Hall. A husband
and wife team created the mosaics.
The pavilion encourages you to "think environmentally," right
down to sayings printed on the walls near the queue for "Living
With the Land" -- for example, "Once Our Natural Splendor
Is Destroyed, It Can Never Be Recaptured" (Lyndon Baines Johnson);
and "We Have Not Inherited the Earth From Our Forefathers, We Have
Borrowed It From Our Children" (Kashmiri Proverb).
As you enter the building, look out to the ceiling where 5 balloons
hang. The middle one represents Earth. The four surrounding
balloons represent the seasons: Yellow for summer, Orange for
Fall, Blue for Winter and Green for Spring. Under the Earth balloon
are clouds and a lightning bolt....as it rains, the water goes into
the fountain below and then recycles through the pavilion.
The Land Pavilion was updated in 1994 as part of the first real Epcot
renovations. Kitchen Kabaret became Food Rocks and the Symbiosis
movie made way for The Circle of Life film. The Land was originally
sponsored by Kraft, but is now sponsored by Nestle.
The Environmental Research laboratory at the University of Arizona assisted
Imagineering in establishing areas within this pavilion that, but using
advanced agricultural methods such as hydroponics, grow vegetables served
at its centrally located dining area.
The background music outside The Land Pavilion is the original Epcot
Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom can fit inside The Land Pavilion.
Some of the music you will hear in the pavilion includes: Area Music
in Interior "Allegheny Moon" "Blue Moon" "Carolina
Moon "Got the Sun" "How High the Moon" Moon Medley
"Moon River" "Moonlight Bay" "Moonlight Becomes
You" "Moonlight Serenade" "No Moon at All"
"Old Devil Moon" "Paper Moon" "Polka Dots and
Moonbeams" "Sing in the Sunshine" "Sonny" "Sunny
Side of the Street" "Sunrise, Sunset" "Sunshine
on My Shoulders" "Wait Til the Sun Shines Nellie"
"You Are My Sunshine" "You are the Sunshine of My Life"