Epcot: The Land
The Land is found on the NorthWest part of Epcot. The main feature of The Land is its greenhouse. It’s here where Epcot grows vegetables and fruits, you can actually tour through this large greenhouse on the Living with the Land attraction. The Land is a very unique area; it’s a building that you enter and then have to take escalators down to get to the main level. It’s home to two great restaurants: one is quick-service and one is table service. The most popular thing happening at The Land is Soarin’ Around the World. It’s a favourite for our family. Read ahead to find out what The Land has to offer.
There are two dining locations in Epcot’s Land. One is a quick-service location that uses produce from The Land’s greenhouse. The other is a table service restaurant that features Chip ‘n’ Dale, Pluto and Mickey Mouse.
This quick-service restaurant is found on the main level of The Land. It is a cafeteria style. You’ll go up and pick what you’d like to eat, pay for it and then grab a table. There is plenty of seating here, making it a great and easy place to eat for any meal of the day. Sunshine Seasons serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have a fantastic variety for breakfast: croissant sandwiches, breakfast wrap, breakfast platter or use up some Dining Plan snacks as breakfast choosing from muffins, croissants, danishes, coffee cake, banana bread and cinnamon rolls. There is something for everyone for lunch and dinner with Sunshine Seasons many different “shops”: asian noodle shop, grill shop, bakery shop, sandwich shop, soup and salad shop, kidzone shop. This is a great spot to dine if you have youngsters that are too short to ride Soarin’. Grab your meal and rotate adults riding the ride. Don’t forget to take advantage of the rider switch pass. Sunshine Seasons is open from park open until park close.
Garden Grill is a rotating restaurant that passes diners by the greenhouse housed in The Land. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Garden Grill is a character meal featuring Chip’n’Dale, Pluto and Mickey Mouse. For each of these meals diners will have their food brought to their table by the plenty. You are given all-you-care-to-eat platters. Eat what you want and then your server will replenish what you’ve eaten. There’s no selection here, no menu. You can choose to fill your platter with what they have offered. For breakfast you can have your fill of sticky buns, fruit, hash browns, waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage. For lunch and supper your platter will be filled with turkey, stuffing, macaroni & cheese, grilled beef, seasoned veggies and mashed potatoes. You’ll also be served salad and short cake. Breakfast is served from 8am until 10:30am, lunch is from 11:30am-3pm and supper is from 4pm-8:30pm. Get one of the first reservation here and you’ll be able to get into Epcot early!
Living with the Land
Take a tour through Epcot’s greenhouse on this boat tour. During this tour you’ll also learn about the history of farming. Be aware that this attraction only runs for a portion of the day. The attraction closes at 7pm. The whole attraction lasts approximately 20 minutes. Living with the Land can be ridden by guests of all heights. But be aware that this attraction may not hold the attention of younger visitors. It’s a little dry. There are FastPasses available for this attraction but I wouldn’t recommend getting one, there’s rarely a line for this particular attraction.
Soarin’ Around the World
Guests can ride this ride if they are 40 inches and taller. On Soarin’ Around the World guests will be lifted hight into the air and then soar over some of the most famous sights of the world. You’ll feel like you’re actually there as smells put you in the setting. You’ll also feel the breeze. Not recommend for those who experience motion sickness. This attraction does have activities going on on a big screen during the line so it’s a toss up whether you’ll want to use your FastPass for this attraction. The ride itself isn’t very long but the lead up takes a while. You’ll wait in line and then be sorted into different stations and then watch a precursor video.
There’s 1 shop in this area of Epcot, it’s a gift shop located at the entrance of Soarin’. The items of this shop are all flight related with some awesome kids bomber jackets and airplane toys. The things you find here you won’t find anywhere else on property. There are the odd snack item and plush toy. The shop is open from park open until park close.
There’s a large waiting area at the exit of Soarin’. It’s a great place for littles to curl up in their stroller for a nap or for you to recharge your phone. For more information on other areas of Epcot take a look at these previous posts: