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Comments for OpEd: Living with the Land is EPCOT’s Last Surviving Classic Attraction

Living with the Land greenhouse at Epcot

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20 Comments

  1. Living with the Land is better than Navi River Journey. Follow me for a minute. Living with the Land is educational (gives you history, present, and future of agriculture). On Navi, you go down a river and in the end you see one audioanimatronic (which is broke currently). Many have said that Navi was an after thought. Keep Living with the Land. It’s great, short lines, and relaxing.

    1. Chris

      While I agree with the sentiment of Living With the Land being fantastic in all the ways you described I feel like your forward looking optimism for the park being even a semblance of it’s former self to be at best naive. IPs rule the day and until there is a massive shake up in corporate management that isn’t going to change. My favorite park was once Hollywood Studios. As I got older I recognized that a large part of my love of movies came from that park. They pulled back the Wizard’s curtain and showed us what happens behind it REALLY is magic. EPCOT is a shadow of itself. And maybe it’ll be more ‘fun’ but it will never again be truly EPCOT.

      1. Lance Malone

        Well EPCOT was left to languish for do, long as they didn’t keep attractions about the future up to date. Innovations and horizons all became obsolete quickly. Even living with the land mentions technology from 20 years ago…I love the ride and the other old EPCOT classics but the CEO’s and management were never the visionaries Disney was, and put foot traffic and money above quality and educational based entertainment. EPCOT R.I.P.

    2. Nick

      Yup, LwtL is a far better attraction than Navi. Navi is the biggest waste of time (both wait time & actual ride time) and the biggest disappointment in any WDW park.

      1. Keith

        While I do love the Land boat ride, it has been deminished through the years…. Removing the song and cast member. You forgot two other original attractions…..
        American Adventure which has had very minor changes and Impression de France which I believe is intact.

  2. EricJ

    80’s Epcot was the last great World’s Fair, back when such things still existed–I’d just been to Vancouver ’86 before my first Epcot Center trip, and totally got the vibe.
    While the Energy and World of Motion were not great in the early days, Horizon was the soul of the golden-age park.

    Living with the Land isn’t a “Disney” attraction, it’s a World’s-Fair future-technology attraction, and call me geek, but I’m actually curious what they can grow with hydroponics.

  3. Tiffany

    Nicely done, and I agree 100%. In fact, I’d argue that The Land pavilion is the last surviving classic pavilion in Epcot (with JII being a close second). It irks me that as much as science & tech remains at the heart of today’s culture, Disney chose to go the IP route rather than simply reimagining/refreshing Epcot’s STEM roots.

  4. Tiffany

    Nicely done, and I agree 100%. In fact, I’d argue that The Land pavilion is the last surviving classic pavilion in Epcot (with JII being a close second). It irks me that as much as science & tech remains at the heart of today’s culture, Disney chose to go the IP route rather than simply reimagining/refreshing Epcot’s STEM roots.

  5. Ashley G

    Love, love, love Living with the Land. I’m a big nature and outdoorsy person anyway, so I love the different landscapes depicted along the ride. The music piped in along the way meshes nicely with the attraction. And towards the latter part of the ride, where you get to see all the different things they’re growing at Epcot labs (and the way in which they’re being grown) is really interesting. A few years ago, husband & I took the Behind the Seeds Tour at LWTL. Really enjoyed it.

  6. Kim

    I love this ride, but I still miss the original song!

  7. Loui B

    Yes have always enjoyed this attraction from my earliest visits to the park, about 4 months after opening. I glad to see new things added and see things change as this has certainly been the most neglected of the Disney Florida Parks, but I like to compare Disney parks with not only the amount of attractions, but what I call total attraction time. This is basically how much time you are actually on attractions and I find it kind of sad when 15 minute attractions get replaced with those that last only 3 minutes. For the longest time this park was getting smaller unlike the other 3 Florida parks which kept adding things. Will have to see when everything is done how it compares to the old days in enjoyment value to me.

    1. SplashScott

      Living with the Land is very outdated. I can buy hydroponic produce at Kroger. It just isn’t a big deal anymore. During the ride, I always think, “OK, this lettuce won’t make 100 salads…” I do like to ride it because I can be relaxed for 15 minutes, away from exhausted children and sweaty humans. It could probably be updated with a space farming concept, or perhaps an “organic farming” twist, but it needs to be relevant for new generations who aren’t paying $600/day to float through hanging tomato plants.

  8. Bruce

    Living with the land I can quite easily sum up best by saying this is my Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory. I love it, I have to visit it multiple times per trip, and I’d be devastated to see it go ever.

  9. Amos

    I love Living with the Land and all the bits of Epcot that just focus on future utopian possibilities. Discovering that food from The Land pavillion is served at the park is a really cool part of the attraction. I do think that brings people much closer to Walt’s hope that Epcot would demonstrate the art of the possible for future communities that embraced forward-thinking tech.

  10. Elisabeth Ivy Fortune-Donzella

    I love Living with the land and I try to ride it several times every trip…we are annual passholders so we go to Epcot a lot! It is so relaxing and calming as well as educational and we love looking for new hidden Mickey’s like the garden hoses!

  11. Ian

    I wasn’t going to get on and say, “But what about Spaceship Earth?”

    But I am going to get on and say, “But what about Impressions de France?” =)

  12. Keith

    While I do love the Land boat ride, it has been deminished through the years…. Removing the song and cast member. You forgot two other original attractions…..
    American Adventure which has had very minor changes and Impression de France which I believe is intact.

  13. Holly Hagelin

    Also, if you really think your kids would be interested ( pointing & asking ?s in the greenhouses ) don’t hesitate to take the ‘behind the scenes tour ( quiosk is right next to where you exit / ride share waiting area ).
    For @$15 a person, you get an informative, walkthrough tour of the greenhouses, up close & personal ( what kid wouldn’t love to feed the fish in those big tanks? ) you’ve probably seen groups of people walking around & wondered how they got permission to do that – well, you can, too! Well worth it, have done it 3 times and learned something new each time!!!

  14. Lynn Selmser

    This has always been one of my favorite rides. Before Epcot opened I worked for a member of Congress who was invited to a reception about the concept for Epcot. I still have the large concept document. Change is good but I miss some of the old attractions. Sorry they couldn’t just keep more old AND add new.

  15. Kristen

    My grandparents took us grandkids there once in the 90’s. I remember my grandfather, an avid gardener, loving it and I was less impressed. As an adult it is nice to sit, relax and learn while also feeling my grandfathers spirit there.

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