Review: Behind the seeds Tour, Epcot

Explore the future of agriculture and get up-close and personal with the critters of The Land Pavilion on this walking tour. 

Ever wanted to go backstage at Living with the Land? If yes then behind the Seeds is the tour for you!

I better start this review with a bit of a disclosure – On the way to Epcot, as I got out the Uber and I dropped my camera. The camera was ruined – it would turn on but it wouldn’t recognize the lens and google told me it was time for it to go to camera heaven. Tears then flowed and we almost went back to the hotel because I was so upset.  Lucky for you we went on the tour but it does mean that all pictures were taken on my phone.

Now on with Behind the Seeds tour!

The tour begins at the check in desk just next to the entrance to Soarin’. Once checked in you are given a name badge and are asked to wait by the restrooms. Our guide came and gathered us all up and we headed backstage via a door by the Soarin’ exit.

I will mention here that one member of our tour was in a wheelchair. Unfortunately, not everything at Disney is wheelchair accessible so it was really nice to see that this tour was. One of our party was also a child of around 6, 7 at most so again it was nice to see a tour that was suitable for all ages.

Our guide, Bekah, introduced herself and spoke about the work she did here at the land pavilion.

She discussed the plants and some of the growing techniques as we moved throughout the land pavilion.

This plant was the coolest thing ever – when you touch it, it curls up. Bekah shook the plant and the whole thing curled up.

Onto the next room and we got to try some of the cucumber that was grown here at the land. If you are a cucumber fan you are in for a treat. Tasted so fresh and had such a crunch.

Each area we moved to we learned more and more about the things they are doing here. Sometimes it is easy to forget that living with the land is not just a ride. It is real greenhouse’s filled with real scientists doing real experiments. All those scientists have one goal – to find ways to grow enough food to feed everyone and to do it with as little damage to our planet as possible.

Although sometimes they do things just for fun – like these Mickey shaped pumpkins!

One of my favourite parts of living with the land is the area between the two greenhouses with all the fish. We learned that they are trying to breed white catfish and were having some success.

Then we got to feed the Tilapia – yay! Sometimes I wish I had a fish tank at home but my cats would just eat them.

After the fish we moved onto the last part of the tour which is in the first greenhouse within the ride.

Overall

Despite being in a really awful mood I had a great time. Imagine how good my review would have been if I had been in a good mood. Our guide was excellent, she was full of knowledge and really let her passion shine through.  She was really good at involving at the child in our group .

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Behind the Seeds is one of the cheaper tours that Disney offer but that doesn’t mean that it is not good value. Its always nice to see backstage areas and the bonus about this tour is you can take pictures. Although technically this is not true backstage as you can see the areas from the rides – you just cant get to them otherwise.

Currently it costs $25 per adult and $20 per child but there are DVC and Annual Passholder discounts available.

Check out our reviews of other Disney Tours : Caring for Giants, Animal Kingdom and Wild Africa Trek, Animal Kingdom

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3 Comments

  1. June 27, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Great review, though I’m sorry about the camera. I love this tour – its been a LONG time since we’ve been, but we’re all set to go this summer. I can’t wait to see what has changed and get a backstage look at the greenhouses again!

  2. September 12, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    I’ve always wondered about what this tour is like! Thanks for sharing your review. Hopefully I’ll be able to do this when my girls are a little older!

  3. September 15, 2017 / 9:40 am

    I would love to have a look at this tour when we hopefully go next summer, I love my garden and my greenhouse so may get some inspiration!

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