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Living with the Land (originally Listen to the Land) is a ride located within The Land pavilion in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. It is a slow-moving boat ride, which is part dark-ride and part greenhouse tour. The focus on the ride is on agriculture, especially new technology to make agriculture more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Development

Living with the Land was originally developed as a suspended dark ride called Blueprints of Nature. Traveling underground to a carousel theater preshow, guests would be introduced to the Landkeeper, the attraction's host. From there, the Landkeeper would take guests on a hot-air balloon trip through the four seasons and a series of simulated biomes located in greenhouses at the front of the pavilion. These plans would be scaled back when Kraft came aboard as a sponsor and the attraction would become a boat ride. The greenhouse portions of the pavilion would become focused on showcasing new agricultural techniques, while the dark ride portion would become the simulated biome portion.

Opening with Epcot as Listen to the Land, the attraction originally featured a song of the same name and an opening sequence called "Symphony of the Seed", which was a whimsical look at how plants grow with massive twisted roots designed by Disney background artist Walter Peregoy. This sequence would be replaced by a thunderstorm scene when the attraction was retooled and renamed in 1994.

Summary

The dark-ride portion of the attraction opens with a scene of a deciduous forest in the middle of a thunderstorm, illustrating how the forces that shape the land can appear destructive to us. The boat then sails through artificial biomes representing a tropical rainforest, a desert and the American prairie. Some of the Audio-Animatronic figures in this section were originally created for the never-built Magic Kingdom attraction, Western River Expedition. The biomes feature sound and lighting effects, in addition to heat, wind and mist, to simulate real conditions. The boats float through a small theater that illustrates the relationship between humans and the environment, and the ways that we have been modifying the land to better serve our purposes.

The second part of the attraction takes place in The Land's "Living Laboratory", which showcases ideas about the future of agriculture. There are five distinct areas of the "living laboratory" which includes the Tropic Greenhouse, Aquacell, Temperate Greenhouse, String Greenhouse, and the Creative Greenhouse. It also contains the Biotechnology Lab and the Integrated Pest Management Lab. All of the plants in this section are grown through various methods of hydroponics. Plants are grown in sand, perlite, coconut coir and rockwool.

Timeline

  • October 1, 1982 - Listen to the Land opens
  • September 27, 1993 - Listen to the Land closes, original Symphony of the Seed opening scene, song, and ending are removed.
  • December 10, 1993 - Living with the Land reopens with new "thunderstorm" opening scene, musical score, and ending.
  • 2004 - Disney Fastpass option added.
  • August 20, 2006 - Cast members no longer narrate the second portion of the ride. Instead an automatic audio spiel featuring the voice of Mike Brassell (also the narrator for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority at the Magic Kingdom as of October 2009) plays at each greenhouse scene, activated by RFID tags attached to the flume wall. The spiel is updated periodically as the greenhouses are replanted.
  • August 2, 2009 - The attraction closed for refurbishment, new exit unload safety bar added. New boats were ordered for the attraction but they were the wrong size and did not fit into the flume.
  • October 4, 2009 - Living with the Land reopens again
  • January 2010 - Living with the Land closes to change load area, dispatch console, and add the 6 new ADA boats and the 12 new ten row boats. Also to repaint certain show scenes and reactivate the rainforest's rain scene.
  • February 2010 - Living with the Land reopens again.
  • August 10, 2019 - Film in the Barn Theater updated

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See also


v - e - d
New epcot logo
World Celebration (Coming Soon)
Spaceship EarthImagination! (Journey into Imagination with FigmentImageWorks: The What-If Labs) • The EPCOT Experience Center
World Nature (Coming Soon)
The Land (Awesome Planet Soarin' Around the WorldLiving with the Land) • The Seas with Nemo & Friends (Turtle Talk with Crush) • Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana (Opening in 2021)
World Discovery (Coming Soon)
Mission: SPACETest TrackGuardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (Opening in 2021) • PLAY! (Animation Academy (Opening in Summer 2021))
World Showcase
Mexico Pavilion (Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros) • Norway Pavilion (Frozen Ever After) • China Pavilion (Reflections of ChinaWondrous China (Opening in 2020)) • Germany PavilionItaly PavilionThe American AdventureJapan PavilionMorocco PavilionFrance Pavilion (Impressions de FranceBeauty and the Beast Sing-AlongRemy's Ratatouille Adventure (Opening in Fall 2020)) • International GatewayUnited Kingdom Pavilion (Mary Poppins (Coming Soon)) • Canada Pavilion (Canada: Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360) • DuckTales World Showcase Adventure (Opening in Fall 2020)
Resorts
Disney's Yacht Club ResortDisney's Beach Club ResortDisney's BoardWalk InnDisney's BoardWalk VillasDisney's Caribbean Beach ResortDisney's Riviera Resort
Current Entertainment
HarmonioUS (Opening in Fall 2020)
Former Attractions and Entertainment
Future World
Universe of EnergyImagination! (Journey Into ImaginationUpstairs Image WorksMagic JourneysHoney, I Shrunk the AudienceCaptain EOJourney Into Your Imagination) • Ellen's Energy AdventureHorizonsWorld of MotionWonders of Life (Body WarsCranium CommandGoofy About HealthThe Making of Me) • CommuniCoreThe Land (SymbiosisKitchen KabaretFood RocksCircle of Life: An Environmental Fable) • Splashtacular • The Living Seas • Innoventions

World Showcase
China Pavilion (Wonders of China) • Norway Pavilion (Maelstrom) • Mexico Pavilion (El Rio del Tiempo) • Canada Pavilion (O Canada!) • IllumiNationsIllumiNations 25IllumiNations: Reflections of EarthAgent P's World Showcase AdventureKim Possible World Showcase Adventure
Seasonal: Millennium VillageTapestry of NationsEpcot Forever

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