Touring the Land Pavilion at Epcot

The Land Pavilion is located in Epcot at Walt Disney World. It can be found between the Imagination Pavilion and The Seas Pavilion. If you are touring Future World, you will more than likely want to see all three pavilions while in the same area.

Additionally, the Land Pavilion is a great escape from impending bad weather. It offers a variety of attractions, play areas, dining, and other indoor activities.

This particular pavilion is special because it offers a counter service dining location on the lower level. If you were to wind up stuck here in the event of a storm or rain, there’s a good place to grab a snack or meal if needed.

For the sake of this review, we’ll take a look at everything you can expect to encounter while touring The Land Pavilion. There are several attractions here you won’t want to miss on your visit to Epcot.

As you walk up to The Land Pavilion’s entrance you will notice the beautiful tile mosaics on each side of the walkway.

They are absolutely gorgeous, and anyone interested in the arts or that appreciates these types of things will want to stop for a longer look.

The Land Pavilion

Once you enter The Land Pavilion, you will find two attractions, a counter service dining location, a table service restaurant that offers character dining, a new film, and a private tour. These places are the following:

  • Soarin’
  • Living with the Land
  • Garden Grill
  • Sunshine Seasons
  • Awesome Planet
  • Behind the Seeds

We will go over each specific place in more detail below. Most guests will want to plan to experience both attractions while visiting the Land Pavilion.

As noted above, there is the opportunity to experience two attractions while touring The Land Pavilion. I highly recommend touring Epcot in a way that you plan to experience attractions in each pavilion while you are there. That way you won’t end up doing a ton of backtracking throughout the day.

Soarin’ Around the World

Our first attraction located in the Land Pavilion is the popular headliner Soarin’. You might remember that this attraction was formerly Soarin’ Over California.

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!

Below is a picture of the queue. The Genie+ portion is on the left-hand side, while the standby queue is on the right. There is a kind of a quiz-like gaming system overhead for those guests who end up in a long standby line.

If for some reason you can’t secure a Genie+ for this attraction, I would recommend experiencing it first thing in the morning or after 6:00 p.m. That’s when Future World tends to slow down a bit.

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.

Above is the signage posted outside the queue for Soarin’. You will notice there is a 40″ height requirement and a few other warnings. Guests with a fear of heights might not like the suspension or feel that these types of screen-based attraction projects.

Read the full review for Soarin’ here.

Living with the Land

Living with the Land is a favorite attraction for many at Epcot. It is a slow-moving boat ride through several different landscapes, including the rainforest, desert, prairie, and farm.

Below is a picture of the mural backdrop of the loading and unloading area of the attraction. Each boat has several rows that hold around four per bench. In most cases, you will only be seated with your group on your row.

After visiting the various landscapes you will sail on into the greenhouses which are the real treat of the attraction. Many people that have never experienced the attraction are absolutely delighted with the light at the end of the tunnel.

Everything here is pristine and awe-inspiring.

All of the items grown in the greenhouses are consumable, and the harvest is actually used at various restaurants within the Disney parks.

Most of the plants are labeled if you have any interest in what you are viewing.

The experience definitely offers traditional Mickey-theming.

Another fun thing I recommend is if you have more than one day at Epcot, make sure 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 come over and visit the greenhouses.

For guests that are looking for a little something extra after riding Living with the Land, you might want to sign up for the Behind the Seeds Tour.

And if you already know you love Living with the Land you might like to check out the Merry and Bright Lights special overlay for Christmas.

Behind the Seeds Tour

Toward the end of the Living with the Land, you will hear a recording encouraging guests with interest to stop at the exit of the attraction for more details. Here they offer a walking tour of the greenhouse that goes more in-depth about The Land.

There are even a few little signs at the end of the last greenhouse in Living with the Land. Or you might have even seen actual guests walking around inside the greenhouses in the distance from your boat. These guests were participating in the Behind the Seeds Tour.

Here’s one of the flyers advertising the times and prices for the Behind the Seeds tour.

Update 2022: This experience has not returned at the time of this last update.

Looks like the tour is offered most days around the following times:

  • 10:30 and 11:15 a.m.
  • 12:00, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3:00, 3:45, and 4:30 p.m.

The tour is stated to last on average 60 to 75 minutes. The cost of the tour is $25 for adults ages 10 and older and $20 for children ages 3-9 years old.

Behind the Seeds Tour also offers the following 15% discounts:

  • Disney Annual Passholders
  • Disney Visa Cardholders
  • DVC Members
  • AAA Vacation Diamond Members
  • Active & Retired Military

If you would like to reserve the tour in advance, check Disney’s site here to schedule it. I’m hoping to get around to it in the next few months so I can provide a formal review. It’s just one of those things that’s for sure review-worthy, I just haven’t had the time.

Awesome Planet

Next up at The Land Pavilion, we have a look at a new feature film. Those who have visited this area before might remember the former Circle of Life film. Recently, a new film, Awesome Planet, premiered in The Land Pavilion.

Awesome Planet is located on the upper level of The Land Pavilion on the right-hand side. It’s not a must-do thing, but I really enjoyed the film.

Dining at the Land Pavilion

Last but not least, the Land Pavilion offers two different dining opportunities.

Most people would think that since I love the Land that I am probably a big fan of Garden Grill. But in all actuality, I’ve never dined at Garden Grill.

It is a restaurant that involves a slow-moving platform and offers various views. Those views include scenes from Living with the Land.

Anyway, Garden Grill might work well for you and your group. They offer those “buffet at the table” type meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can expect to meet Chip ‘n Dale, Mickey (as a farmer), and Pluto. Make sure to bring autograph books and cameras to get pictures of the characters during the meal.

Located in the large downstairs center of The Land Pavilion is Sunshine Seasons. This is a place you can grab a large variety of counter service style items for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

If you find yourself in need of a reference for your Disney dining plan, you might want to check out the signage they have indicating what you can receive before ordering. One tip I have noted during my time in the parks is that it’s good to find a knowledgeable cast member who will recommend the best bang for your buck when ordering off the plan.

Here is a look at some of the items that are available:

My son recently had an allergy-friendly menu item here. This is the chicken leg with Jasmine rice kids meal. He thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’m pretty sure the chef added an extra chicken leg since my son is a bit older.

This is a great place to request free ice water. If you aren’t in the know, Disney provides free ice water at all their counter service locations. This is one of my go-to places to pick one up if I find myself feeling a little dehydrated.

Final Thoughts on The Land Pavilion

This wraps up our coverage of The Land Pavilion at Epcot. The Land is one of my favorite places to spend time when touring Epcot. Make sure to keep it in mind as a great place to spend a little time during hot or inclement weather.

Additionally, Epcot is undergoing a very long and extensive refurbishment. If you haven’t been able to visit the park in the past year or so, you’ll probably find yourself in shock at the amount of demolition.

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As for The Land Pavilion, make sure to allot plenty of time to spend there while touring Epcot! Leave a comment and shared with me your favorite experiences in The Land!

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