5 Hidden Secrets In The Land Pavilion In Walt Disney World

Many guests love visiting Epcot on a Walt Disney World vacation in order to visit Future World and its various attractions. There guests can experience everything from traveling through time, blasting off into space, diving into the oceans, and designing their own cars. With so many amazing experiences to be had, guests love spending a lot of time in Future World and often find themselves gravitating towards one pavilion in particular. The Land Pavilion is a celebration of the Earth and her beauty and how humans can preserve it. Guests who spend time in The Land can experience Soarin’, and Living with the Land, a serene boat ride through massive greenhouses where fresh produce is grown. Since The Land is so massive, there are plenty of amazing details featured throughout which include some hidden secrets. Here are seven hidden secrets in The Land Pavilion in Walt Disney World to enjoy while in Epcot.

5. An Interesting Address

Guests who board Living with the Land are treated to a tour of various different environmental settings including a farm and desert and shown how the land thrives there. The boats then glide through massive greenhouses where fresh produce and food is being grown each day using new and efficient technologies. When guests are moving through the farm scene, there are plenty of great details including gently clucking chickens, a barking dog, growing corn, and a beautiful house. The mailbox of the house declares that its owner is B Jones who lives at number 82 which may seem like a random number but actually pays tribute to the fact that Epcot opened in 1982.

4. Lettuce Art

While moving through the greenhouses on Living with the Land guests pass by plants and trees growing everything from tomatoes to bananas. At one point the boats move between two massive tables which are growing heads of lettuce using hydroponic technology. Often times, guests don’t notice that these two tables feature artwork made out of the lettuce! Depending on how large the lettuce has grown, guests can spot the Epcot logo or a Hidden Mickey.

3. Recycled Animals

In the first half of Living with the Land guests find themselves in a desolate desert and are shown how even in harsh conditions the land continues to thrive. Found in the desert scene are Audio Animatronic buffalo and prairie dogs which originally were not intended for Epcot at all. When the Magic Kingdom was being constructed, Imagineers were set to build an attraction titled the Western River Expedition which brought guests on a boat ride through the desert. In preparation for the attraction, several Audio Animatronic animals were made including the buffalo and prairie dogs. Ultimately the Western River Expedition was replaced with the construction for Pirates of the Caribbean and the figures were put into storage until it was realized that they could be used in Epcot after all!

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2. From Toy To Attraction

Soarin’ was made possible thanks to the inventive thinking of an Imagineer and a beloved childhood toy. Mark Sumner was contemplating how the attraction could feasibly be built to simulate hang gliding when he remembered that he still had his childhood erector set. After getting creative, Sumner was able to use the erector set to devise an attraction which would feature three rows which would then lift skyward in succession to simulate hang gliding. The design was such a hit that it inspired the design that was used in the final construction of the attraction and guests who look closely while boarding can definitely understand how the erector set helped create the experience!

1. A Flight Number Tribute

While moving through the massive queue for Soarin’ guests feel as though they are in a large airport hangar getting closer and closer to their takeoff. Several times on the queue guests might also notice that their flight number is 5505 which might seem random but actually pays tribute to the attraction’s opening day of May 5, 2005.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.