Behind the Seeds — A Backstage Tour of The Land Pavilion

Winter Melon

Winter Melon

Behind the Seeds is a backstage tour of the Land Pavilion at Epcot. Of the special tours at Disney, this is one of the more economical. Adults are $18 (the Disney site lists $18-$20, but it was $18 when we visited in fall of 2012). If you’re a Vacation Club member, annual passholder, or Disney Visa Card holder you’ll get a 15% discount.

The lettuce spells Epcot!

The lettuce spells Epcot!

Behind the Seeds is an hour to an hour and a half walking tour of the backstage of the greenhouses that you see on The Land ride. This was something Joshua had wanted to do since our first ride on The Land. He is an avid gardener. His vegetable garden supplies us with fresh veggies all summer long, and he grows beautiful roses. So he was in heaven on this tour. I really enjoyed it, too.

A vanilla tree!

A vanilla tree!

Disney grows many foods that you eat and cook with, but probably couldn’t grow yourself. I enjoyed seeing where these things come from.

A tomato tree?

A tomato tree?

They also specialize in growing common plants in in unusual ways. This is a single tomato plant grown a bit beyond normal scale. A previous tomato plant held a world record for the most tomatoes harvested from a single plant in a year. They also research growing plants with very little water to help produce food in arid regions.

The cucumber is being grown into a Mickey shape!

The cucumber is being grown into a Mickey shape!

One of my favorite parts was when our guide explained to us how they make their Mickey shaped veggies. The vegetables are grown in a Mickey shaped mold and the vegetables grow to fill the mold. There were cucumbers on the vine that had their Mickey molds on them. I loved that the sign said “Earning my Ears”! We also got to sample the delicious cucumber that was grown in the greenhouse.

The tilapia were very excited to have a snack.

The tilapia were very excited to have a snack.

It was also really neat to feed the tilapia. The tank just went crazy when we tossed the food in. I loved that the tour was interactive. It was great to be encouraged to get close and ask questions and touch (some) things. We were very fortunate to have an extremely friendly and knowledgable tour guide. As much fun as I had, Joshua enjoyed it 100 times more. If you have any interest in plants or gardening, I think you will really enjoy this tour.

In the interest of full disclosure, you can find some less than stellar reviews of this tour. However, we really enjoyed it. I would encourage couples to give this tour a shot. It’s affordable, it’s not terribly long, and hey, it’s air conditioned.

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