If you’ve ever visited Epcot before then you’ve probably taken a spin on Living with the Land. It’s the one where you float through a greenhouse with edible plants that are actually used in restaurants on Disney property.
But what you might not know is that this attraction is a little extra special during the Christmas holiday season. In fact, when the sun sets the experience becomes Merry and Bright Nights.
You’ll even see a few signs on the attraction that remind you to come back for a different experience in the evening. The sign below says, “After the sun sets, ride Living with the Land for a special sparkling tour. Enjoy a peaceful evening cruise and view twinkling holiday light displays throughout the greenhouses.”
It also indicates to see the daily times guide for operating hours. Normally, Living with the Land closes at around 7pm. But during Merry and Bright Nights you can usually expect it to stay open until park close.
While this is mainly a casual review for your enjoyment, we’ll still cover a few specifics. For instance, you can locate this attraction inside The Land Pavilion at Epcot.
Funny story, when I was standing outside taking this photo a lady walked up and asked the cast member what this was, referring to the building. The cast member said, “Oh it’s a ride.”
Can you imagine how appalled I was? Standing there thinking it’s actually two rides, a movie, a place to eat, and there’s restrooms. But I didn’t say anything.
The unfortunate thing is that these were probably first-time visitors, clueless as to what to do or where to go. I hate to think about guests visiting Epcot and missing out on such a major attraction like Living with the Land. Soarin’ is cool too, I guess.
And not only that, but they weren’t even aware of this special holiday offering that was taking place during their vacation dates.
Anyway, when you board Living with the Land, you’ll go through the first couple of faux ecosystems like normal. But as you approach the greenhouses, everything begins to change.
The tunnels are the start of Merry and Bright nights. They are fully lit with large colored Christmas bulbs. You can see the colors reflecting on the water ahead of you. Make sure if this ride is your jam to request the front row. It’s truly the best experience.
Isn’t she lovely? Isn’t she wonderful?
I promise not to sing the whole way through.
There are different kinds of lighting every which way you look in the greenhouses.
Large Christmas ornaments are placed in various areas throughout the landscape.
Even the water garden with lily pads has light projections.
Let me tell you, when Disney found out what these light projections could do, they started placing them everywhere. They are nice looking though.
Hi sand-man Family! There is no snow in the greenhouse.
They did such a nice job with all the light placements.
I love the lights in the trees more than anything. Makes me think of all the twinkling lights in the trees around the castle at Magic Kingdom. All twinkling lights remind me of that.
They even put in some lights that appear to resemble grass.
And if you are looking closely, there’s all these tiny different colored lights in the sand.
They kind of reflect on the greenhouse glass in places.
Below we have reindeer Mickey in topiary form. He hadn’t quite grown into his full self yet.
The fish tunnel is also aglow with Christmas-y colors.
I love you Merry and Bright Nights!
When you exit the fish tunnel, you’ll be back in the large portion of the greenhouse.
There’s a few fun displays representing the season.
These look like some of the different fruits and veggies grown on the attraction.
This archway had plants and ornaments hanging from it.
And it smells so good with all of the different herbs that are planted.
Below there’s a section of snake gourds.
And you might also see some fun-shaped pumpkins.
Look up and you’ll see how they get their fun shape.
These gourds had some sparkling balls in the mix.
And the Mickey Mouse made from lettuce had these fun green lights hanging above it.
Even though I took a lot of photos, there are many things I haven’t included.
You’ll probably want to ride this attraction at least twice during the evening. The later the better. There shouldn’t be too much of a line after 7p.m.
Or if you aren’t visiting for the holidays this year, you can always come back here to look at the pictures.
If this is your type of thing. It is mine.
The greenhouses are so much more than just an attraction to me.
They inspire me to eat healthier, learn to grow things, take care of the earth, and just do better.
As we near the end, there are a few more light displays.
Even the Biotechnology Lab has hung their stockings in the window.
The snowflakes are pretty with the purple backdrop.
Next thing you know you’ll exit the ride only to find yourself walking across the pavilion to join the line again. That’s what I do anyway.
Thanks for coming along today on our Merry and Brights Nights tour of Living with the Land at Christmas!
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