The Land Pavilion is part of the World Nature section of Epcot. The pavilion is located in World Nature between the Imagination Pavilion and Seas Pavilion. Below, we’ll discuss the pavilion’s attractions, dining, and other things you’ll want to know while touring the area.
Since the pavilion is indoors, it provides an excellent escape during the heat of the day or during inclement weather. The Land Pavilion is home to multiple attractions, a character dining restaurant, and a sizable quick-service restaurant.
As you approach the Land Pavilion’s entrance, you will notice the beautiful tile mosaics on each side of the walkway. Both murals are identical except for one tile. The murals were designed by Walt Peregoy and installed by Hanns-Joachim Scharff and Monika Scharff. (They are also responsible for the tile Cinderella murals that line the halls of Cinderella Castle.)
Things to Do in The Land Pavilion
Epcot’s Land Pavilion is home to multiple attractions, a counter service dining location, a table service restaurant with character dining, a film, and a private tour. Here is the full list of things you’ll find in the pavilion:
- Soarin’ Around the World
- Living with the Land
- Garden Grill
- Sunshine Seasons
- Awesome Planet
- Behind the Seeds Tour
We will go over each specific place in more detail below. Below is a photo from the upper floor of the Land Pavilion. You might notice the hot-air balloons suspended from the ceiling.
Soarin’ Around the World is one of the headliner attractions within the Land Pavilion. Formerly, this attraction was Soarin’ Over California. From time to time, the former version plays to most guests’ delight.
This attraction is extremely popular and simulates a hang gliding experience over various parts of the world. Expect to get a feel of “Soarin” over the following scenes:
- Swiss Alps
- Polar Bears in icy Greenland
- Sydney Harbor in Australia
- Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany
- Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania
- The Great Wall of China
- Great Pyramids of Egypt
- Taj Mahal in India
- Monument Valley
- Fiji’s Lau Islands
- Iguazu Falls in South America
- Eiffel Tower at night in Paris
- Epcot with a bit of a surprise!
Soarin’ has a Lightning Lane entrance for those who purchase Disney Genie+ and select this attraction as one of their experiences. A standby queue is also available. Guests must transfer from a wheelchair or ECV to experience this attraction.
Soarin’ tends to have long waits throughout most of the day. A trivia game plays overhead to help keep you entertained while waiting. If you want to experience this attraction with shorter waits, we recommend returning later in the evening. Wait times for Soarin’ tend to drop significantly after 7:00 p.m. when most of the crowds at Epcot have moved on to the World Showcase.
However, if you plan to ride Living with the Land around the same time as Soarin’, be aware that it usually closes earlier than other attractions in the park.
Soarin’ has a 40″ height requirement and a few other warnings. Guests with a fear of heights or those prone to motion sickness might want to skip this attraction. But most will love this attraction and enjoy experiencing it at least once during their Walt Disney World vacation.
Living with the Land is a favorite attraction for many at Epcot. This slow-moving boat ride travels through several different landscapes, including the rainforest, desert, prairie, and farm. Guests in ECVs must be able to transfer to a wheelchair for this attraction.
Each boat has several rows that hold approximately four guests. In most cases, you will only be seated with your group in a row.
After visiting the various landscapes, you will float through the greenhouses, which are the real treat of the attraction. Those who have never experienced the attraction are delighted with the light at the end of the tunnel.
Everything here is pristine and awe-inspiring.
All the vegetables grown in the greenhouses are consumable, and the harvest is used at various restaurants within the Disney Parks.
Most of the plants are labeled if you are interested in what you are viewing.
Keep an eye out for hidden Mickey’s.
If you have more than one day at Epcot, try to ride Living with the Land on both days. I’m always amazed at how things change within a few short days. I rarely visit Epcot without taking the time to ride through the greenhouses.
If you’re fortunate enough to visit during the holidays, you might get the opportunity to ride through the greenhouses at night. The ride has a special seasonal overlay.
Behind the Seeds Tour
Toward the end of Living with the Land, you will hear a recording encouraging guests with interest to stop at the attraction’s exit for more details. They offer a walking tour called Behind the Seeds that allows guests a more personal tour of the greenhouses.
This is an extra expense, but the fee is reasonable. The tour is offered intermittently throughout the day. For more details, see the current price of Behind the Seeds Tour on Disney.com.
Awesome Planet is on the second floor of the Land Pavilion. Formerly, this theater aired the Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable featuring Timon and Pumba from The Lion King. This 10-minute film focuses on conservation and the importance of taking care of the earth. It’s an excellent place to take a break while simultaneously being educational.
Dining at the Land Pavilion
Last but not least, the Land Pavilion offers two dining opportunities: Garden Grill Restaurant and Sunshine Seasons. Garden Grill is a restaurant that slowly rotates throughout the course of the meal.
This restaurant requires reservations and provides the opportunity to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner with characters. Characters at this location include Farmer Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Chip, and Dale. As the restaurant rotates, you’ll get to glimpse inside Living with the Land.
In addition to Garden Grill, the Land Pavilion is home to a significant counter-service restaurant, Sunshine Seasons. Sunshine Seasons food court is an excellent location to pick up a quick breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Sunshine Seasons offers a large variety of cuisines and is set up similarly to a food court. Over the years, this location has gone by the name Farmers Market, Sunshine Season Food Fair, and Sunshine Seasons.
You can expect items like sandwiches, salads, and fountain drinks to items like rotisserie chicken and a selection of Asian stir-frys. They literally have something for everyone.
Overall, the Land Pavilion offers plenty to do and a nice respite when the weather isn’t cooperating. Those with strollers will find a dedicated area to park them outside the pavilion’s entrance. Guests can park their ECVS immediately inside the pavilion’s entrance.
Final Thoughts on Epcot’s Land Pavilion
We hope you enjoy touring the Land Pavilion on your next visit to Epcot. If you are looking to learn more about exploring Epcot, we have an entire list of attractions at Epcot. Or you might enjoy these other pavilions:
If you’re planning on spending significant time at Epcot, you might enjoy our reviews of the Epcot Resort Hotels:
- Disney’s Beach Club Review
- Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Review
- Disney’s Yacht Club Review
- Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Review
- The Swan Reserve Review
What Do You Think?
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