Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Return to The Land
Disney announced the renewal of Armed Forces Salute yesterday and I lost my mind. We were just at Walt Disney World in May, and we are going to Disneyland in 44 days, and I had no plans for 2014... until they made this not-unexpected announcement and suddenly I'm trying to come up with excuses (yes, excuses) to go. The leading excuse right now is that I want to be a Disney travel specialist, and I haven't been on a Disney Cruise yet, and as long as I'm going on a cruise I might as well "pop by" WDW. Totally not insane, right?
Of course since I have Disney on the brain right now, I had to dig around in my trip folder to see if there was anything I had saved. As luck would have it, I had been holding back an update on Living with the Land. I was surprised to see how much stuff was added to the greenhouses since my last visit in 2010! I thought when I looked it up that I'd find that Living with the land was new-ish, but no, it opened in 1982. I guess they have recently turned it up to eleven. It also may have had something to do with the Flower & Garden Festival, but most of this looks permanent.
The food growing greenhouses had really grown tremendously since my last visit. As you might remember, much of the produce and fish raised here is served at Garden Grill and Sunshine Seasons at the Land Pavilion in Epcot.
I had been hoping we'd have a chance to do the Behind the Seeds Tour, but the timing never worked out quite right. Next time, for sure! If you are headed to WDW, you can find the Behind the Seeds tour schedule at the desk near Soarin'. Cost is $18 for adults and $14 for kids (usually this means under 10).