Epcot’s Behind the Seeds Tour in Fall and Spring

| November 3, 2013 | 5 Replies

For reasons that just flatly escape me, my “must do” attraction at Epcot is the Living with the Land boat ride.

Living with the Land Entrance Epcot

Living with the Land Entrance Epcot

I’m beyond bad with plants.  For example, this summer, the rain finally cooperated so that I could grow a healthy lawn, but then my lawnmower blade hit a large rock which bent the blade into a lawn plow.  Despite my destructive tendencies, I never tire of spending time in The Land Pavilion  (a fast pass for Soarin’ doesn’t hurt, of course).

The Land Pavilion

The Land Pavilion

Because my wife of infinite patience loves plants, a few years ago, I decided she might enjoy the Behind the Seeds Tour.  The current “rack” price for the tour ($20 adults) can’t be beat and Disney offers fifteen percent discounts for annual pass holders, DVC/AAA members and Disney Visa card holders.   Tours can be purchased at the counter next to Soarin’ on the lower level of The Land Pavilion.

Seasons Globes Epcot The Land Pavilion

Seasons Globes – Epcot The Land Pavilion

Behind the Seeds Counter

We repeated the tour in May of this year.   Both tours were quite enjoyable (even for a plant zombie-maker like me).  The 2013 tour hands down beat out the earlier tour because our 2013 tour guide works for Disney as a microbiologist. His vast knowledge and passion for the subject came through. Otherwise, the tour has changed little from 2010 to 2013.

Behind the Seeds starts next to the rest rooms on the lower level.  We exited the Land, going “backstage” to see several areas not seen on the Living with the Land attraction.

Biotechnology Lab Epcot Behind the Seeds

Biotechnology Lab – Epcot Behind the Seeds

Disney researches how to avoid unnecessary pesticide use by growing wasps to eat harmful insects.  The wasps and insects are barely visible to the naked eye, but no worries, the guide show a video to demonstrate the process.  These containers test the effectiveness of the process.

Bugs Killing Bugs Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

Bugs Killing Bugs – Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

From here, the tour loops back to the Living with the Land area, but far it is far from being a repeat of the attraction for the tour guide goes into considerable details about the methods and experiments Disney uses.

Plant Conveyor Watering System Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

Plant Conveyor Watering System – Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

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Sunflowers and Boat Track – Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

Hydroponics Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

Hydroponics – Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

If nothing else, the tour provide you with the best perspective to see the “Epcot” foliage.

Epcot Flower Arrangement Behind the Seeds Tour

Epcot Flower Arrangement – Behind the Seeds Tour

Disney does have a strange way of growing large, orange, fruit.

Hanging Pumpkins Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

Hanging Pumpkins – Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

The aquatic area lets you walk next to all sorts of interesting wildlife.  Your guide will explain where the alligators go when they get big (hint, they are not released into Seven Seas Lagoon).

"Red" Room Alligators Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

“Red” Room Alligators – Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

Leaving behind the aqua-marine area, the tour enters a geodesic dome, where guests have the opportunity to see spices and fruits being grown.

Inside the Dome 2010 Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

Inside the Dome 2010 – Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

The dome also includes some odd-shaped structures.   Having visited primarily in winter, I used to think the not so Hidden Mickey trellis looked embarrassingly bare . . .

"Hidden" Mickey (Fall) Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

“Hidden” Mickey (Fall) Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

compared to how it shaped out in the Spring.

"Hidden" Mickey in Spice Garden Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

“Hidden” Mickey in Spice Garden – Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

The tour ends in the spice garden.  I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention that one of my favorite “finds” on the tour was the cool soft breeze coming from the evaporator coils.  The tour is quite comfortable but it involves standing for at least 45 minutes.  After running (well, what I do isn’t really running) from Soarin’ to Test Track (twice), sitting on the ledge in front of these evaporators provided some welcome relief to my tired feet.

Ginger Root Evaporator Coils Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

Ginger Root Evaporator Coils – Epcot Behind the Seeds Tour

Any gardener (and those, like me, who aren’t) should enjoy the Behind the Seeds tour.  Both times, the guides offered considerable technical and practical advice ranging from growing to where to inexpensively purchase the pots and other containers seen during the tour.   But most of all, and this is why I think I enjoy it so much, the Behind the Seeds Tour provides a calm, quiet (and temperate) hour away from the hectic pace of Epcot.



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  • Ruben Camacho

    So glad to hear this, I booked this for our November trip. Every single time we got on this ride we say “we should really do the tour” and now we are. Glad to see it’s exactly what I’m hoping for, a break from the hustle.

  • Kim Barron

    I have enjoyed the tour twice. The second time I was in an ECV and it worked very well.

  • Amy Elizabeth Duggan

    It’s a great little tour that doesn’t cost the earth, but gives a good insight into how the Land Pavillion works!

  • Carole Gates

    We do this tour every time we go to Disney. We will enjoy it again in April. Well worth the money.

  • Rudy R. Barreras

    Inexplicably Living with the Land is a family must do as well. We never miss at least one ride. We haven’t gone on the tour recently we’ll have to correct that on our next trip.