This past December I managed to make it to Disney (shocker I know I go often) and when it was time for me to plan what I wanted to do, I decided it was time I went on the Behind the Seeds tour.
A little back story. The Land pavilion is probably my favorite pavilion (aside from the world showcase) at Epcot. I can spend a lot of time inside that pavilion. I love Soaring, I love the quick service food and I especially love The Land ride.
Like I really love that ride. Let me repeat I really really love that ride.
I can’t explain why I love it, it is a slow moving boat ride that takes you through the green houses where you learn about the process and what Disney is doing to make a difference in the world. You learn about crops, growing processes and how we can make a difference. The ride is about 12 minutes long and it is safe to say I will ride it multiple times on every Disney trip. It is not really that exciting but for whatever reason it appeals to me.
So I decided it was time to really dive into my favorite ride and learn about the processes.
I am going to cut to the chase, this was one of the best tours I have ever been on. My tour guide (I believe his name was Mark, I feel so guilty because I forgot his name, but I do remember he was from a farm in South Dakota and was an intern) was one of the best tour guides I have ever had at Disney. He was passionate, knowledgeable and very up beat and patient.
We had an elderly man on the tour who was hard of hearing and in a wheel chair. This man often asked questions that the guide had just explained and not once did our guide get impatient or rude. He answered the questions and even went into more detail with the elderly guy. I can’t stress enough how amazing that was because I am guilty of loosing my patience from time to time and I don’t know if I would have been as patient.
The tour is a walking tour and lasts just over a hour, it takes you through the green houses and you even get to try some of the food from the pavilion. (although if you eat at Epcot it is safe to say a lot of the food comes from here anyway as the food is often used in the parks)
They also pride their selves on working towards being a zero waste facility, which is pretty amazing.
I learned so much on this tour, I could honestly dedicate an entire post to everything I learned, but I want you to go on the tour and not be spoiled so I won’t do that. I will say that what they are doing is amazing and I really wish it could be done on a grander scale as I do feel they have a way to end world hunger, but after research I have learned that the process is very expensive. It is a shame because they way they are able to produce food quickly and in large quantities it could end hunger.
I may share another post in a few weeks about what I learned if you are curious, because it was nonstop information from the start of the tour.
Photos coming in a future post!