The Land 
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 with alligators....
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The Land at Disney's EpcotThe 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 pavilion’s 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 Land’s 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 production.
The Production Greenhouse, where tons of tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and other vegetables are grown for use in The Land’s 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 humankind’s 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 pavilion’s 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 man’s 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 characters.
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 Garden Grill.
The Circle of Life:
Your Lion King Friends in an environmental film fable at the Circle of Life Theater.
Food Rocks:
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.
The Land:
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.

ATTRACTIONS
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 Land’s 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 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 production.
         The Production Greenhouse - where tons of tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and other vegetables are grown for use in The Land’s 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), "Let’s Exercise" (Chubby Cheddar), "Tutti Frutti" (Richard) "Vegetables Are Good for You" (Neil Moussaka) "We’ll 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

DINING
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 dinner.  
Sunshine Season Food Fair - counter service fast food with various stations offering a bakery, soups and salads, sandwiches, barbecue, potatoes, pasta and ice cream.
Character Meals
Epcot Restaurants At A Glance
Menus From Around the World
Vegetarian and Other Special Diets

TOURING TIPS
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 pavilion’s 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 cost.   
Hidden Mickey Sightings:
Food Rocks—rotating lights below entrance come together in MICKEY MOUSE shape every five seconds
Living with the Land—three circles near bottom of mural directly across from loading area
The Circle of Life—baseball 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!

SHOPPING
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

INTERESTING FACTS
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 background music.  
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"

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