Living with the Land

74 Days: Living with the Land

Living with the Land

Living with the Land – #Day74 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown

Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s #DisneyWorldCountdown post!  Today is #Day74, and for this day, we are taking a look at the boat ride underneath the Garden Grill Restaurant called Living with the Land.  Like many things at Epcot, this boat ride is both entertaining to ride — well, for me anyway — and also educational as well, as you get a chance to see how some of the vegetables and fruits are grown for consumption in some of the Walt Disney World restaurants.

The Living with the Land boat ride used to be narrated by a Cast Member — in fact, one of my best friends was the narrater during her stint in the Disney College Program back in the mid 1990s — but now, the boat ride is narrated with audio only via an intercom type system, not with a Cast Member.  Still, the ride is a good time for relaxation, and well worth your time — especially if you have a few minutes before your Garden Grill reservation or Soarin’ FastPass+ time.

What I like is how they talk about the different seasons, and to me, it almost feels like I’m put in the middle of the scenes from the Wizard of Oz, with the great old house, the plains, and all the rest.  I also think it is really neat that the Garden Grill Restaurant overtop us slowly spins and shows it’s patrons the same scenes that we see from the boat ride, with the exception of the horticulture scenes inside the big Greenhouse areas.

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy Living with the Land.  Do you?  Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by as we explore Living with the Land!  In closing, have a look at this giant pumpkin!

Living with the Land

The giant pumpkin inside the greenhouse area of Living with the Land.

Epcot Future World — The Land

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Hello everyone, and welcome back to our look at the pavilions at Epcot Future World!  The first pavilion we took a look at was Spaceship Earth, and now, we’re moving on to look at The Land, which is my second favorite pavilion in all of Future World!  This location has some of the best attractions, food, and decor, and it’s a great place to hang out and just people watch!

Garden Grill Restaurant

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The Garden Grill Restaurant is, without a doubt, one of my favorite restaurants in all of Walt Disney World!  This circular restaurant is on a special platform that slowly rotates while you eat, showing you a view of all of the scenes in the boat ride “Living with the Land”.  The menu consists of a family-style layout featuring the following great dishes:

  • Char-grilled Filet of Beef
  • Roasted All-Natural Turkey Breast
  • Sustainable Fish of the Day

In addition to that, you also get warm bread, a special salad, and side dishes of garden fresh vegetables, butter mashed potatoes, and Artisan bread pudding.  Lastly, to top off the meal, a harvest skillet cake is served.  All told, it is a yummy dining experience, and even includes visits from Chip & Dale, Mickey, and Pluto!

Sunshine Seasons

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Rounding out the dining options at The Land is Sunshine Seasons, an absolutely incredible quick-service dining option.  Within this market setting you’ll find hot meals, sandwiches, sushi, salads, kids meals, and on and on and on.  They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Some of the incredible options include the following:

  • Chicken, Fish, and Pork Chop offerings
  • Asian cuisine including Mongolian Beef, Sweet and Sour Chicken, and Spicy Cashew Chicken
  • Turkey, Vegetable, and Steak sandwiches.

The offerings at this location are incredible, and well worth visiting.

Soarin’

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In addition to the great dining options, my wife’s favorite ride at Walt Disney World is located at The Land Pavilion.  Of course I’m talking about Soarin’.  The funny thing about Soarin’ is that it used to give me the worst case of motion sickness — not necessarily a sickness like I need a bag, but I definitely felt like something was wrong.  As a result, I didn’t ride this great ride very often.  Now, though, I’m over whatever it was that was bothering me, and I have no problem riding Soarin’ — even from the highest seat!  Let me know what you think of Soarin’ in the comments below, and thanks!

Living with the Land

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In Living with the Land, this boat ride takes you through some great scenery, but also explores all that The Land does to improve on how crops can be grown throughout the world.  My friend Joy was a part of the Disney College Program way back in the 1990s, and she was actually one of the boat narraters back when they had Cast Members accompany the boats.  This is certainly not a thrill ride like Soarin’, but it definitely is up there on my list of things to do once because of all the neat things you learn — and who knows, you might even see this big pumpkin!

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Circle of Life

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The Circle of Life is a short documentary film that incorporates the characters from the Lion King, Simba, Timon, and Pumba, and talks about all of the things that we humans do to pollute the environment.  I’ve seen this film a couple of times, but truth be told, it isn’t something I’m all that interested in simply because it opens a whole in the Disney World and takes me right back to the real world — and that’s not what I want to do when I visit Walt Disney World!

I hope you have enjoyed your look at The Land Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World!  For those unsure where it is, here is an image of where it is located so you can find it!

The Land location

Wordless Wednesday – Food, Wine, and Music!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival beckons you to enjoy all it has to offer!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival beckons you to enjoy all it has to offer!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Wordless Wednesday post!  My friend Deb from Focused on the Magic has really struck a great theme with me this week!  Her theme is Food, Wine, and Music, and I’ve got several images to share with you that all feature — to this date, anyway — my only experience at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, back in 2011.  One day my wife and I will get back there, maybe with Sophie, maybe not — she may be there already if the gets into the Disney College Program in a few years!

Since the theme is Food, Wine, and Music, I thought I would share my pictures in that order.  So, first up…

The Food…

From Brazil: Seared Mahi Mahi with Steamed Rice, Hearts of Palm and Coconut Rice

From Brazil: Seared Mahi Mahi with Steamed Rice, Hearts of Palm and Coconut Rice

From Mexico: Shrimp Tacos

From Mexico: Shrimp Tacos

Sophie enjoying a Jumbo Turkey Leg

Sophie enjoying a Jumbo Turkey Leg

From Canada: The World Famous Cheddar Cheese Soup!

From Canada: The World Famous Cheddar Cheese Soup!

From France: Creme Brulee au Chocolat au Lait

From France: Creme Brulee au Chocolat au Lait

From Scandanavia: Swedish Meatballs with Lingon Berries

From Scandanavia: Swedish Meatballs with Lingon Berries

The Wine…

For this section, I’ll admit that we don’t do much drinking, so I don’t really have any good photos…in fact, the only photo I have is this one:

The Dessert and Champagne Kiosk

The Dessert and Champagne Kiosk

The Music…

What I lacked for in The Wine… category, I have definitely made up for in The Music… category, at least I hope you think so!

The JAMMitors rocking over by the Land Pavilion

The JAMMitors rocking over by the Land Pavilion

The Fife and Drum Corp marching into position to perform at the American Adventure Pavilion

The Fife and Drum Corp marching into position to perform at the American Adventure Pavilion

The Voices of Liberty are as outstanding as always!

The Voices of Liberty are as outstanding as always!

I hope you have enjoyed my look at the Food, Wine, and Music of the Food & Wine Festival!  Special thanks, as always, goes out to my friend Deb from Focused on the Magic for hosting this weekly series, and thanks for stopping by to look at what I have to offer you!  Now, please click on the button below so that you can see the rest of the entries to see what they came up with!  Make it a Magical Day everyone!

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