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The LandEdit

The Land is a pavilion located in Epcot.

Pavilion HistoryEdit

Development and Sponsorship by KraftEdit

The genesis of The Land pavilion dates back to the original concepts for EPCOT Center [1]. Initially, plans called for an Ecology and Mineral pavilion to be located in Future World; however the focus was eventually broadened to include all of the planet's environments in order to make the pavilion more appealing to potential sponsors [1]. In Walt Disney Production's 1977 Annual Report, Disney stated that The Land pavilion would "illustrate man's role as the protector of the Earth and its environments" [2].

The Land pavilion was originally going to be sponsored by a Georgia Pacific (a logging company) [3]and thus the first incarnation of the pavilion was created with a focus on natural habitats and the earth’s environments [4]. This early version of The Land called for the pavilion to be made up of seven crystal structures that would have housed five different environments, plus an agricultural and an urban section [2]. After entering this version of The Land, guests would have first watched a brief theater show set on an American farm [3] . Taking place in a structure similar to the Carousel of Progress, this Carousel Show would have introduced guests to the Landkeeper, who would serve as guest's guide throughout the pavilion [3]. After watching the preshow, guests would enter the rest of The Land which would have been themed as the Future Fair [3]. The feature attraction of this early version of the pavilion would have been Blueprints of Nature, an attraction where guests would board a "balloon" (using a track mechanism similar to Peter Pan's Flight) and follow the journey of snow as it melted into water and flowed through earth's various ecosystems [5]. According to Imagineer Tony Baxter:

Concept art for Tony Baxter's vision of The Land.

Although fairly well developed, the direction of The Land pavilion changed in 1978 when Georgia Pacific dropped out and Kraft announced that it would be sponsoring the pavilion (for 30 million dollars) [6]. Instead of focusing on the earth’s habitats, the focus of The Land now shifted towards agriculture, and how humans cultivate their food [1]. With Kraft as its sponsor, the layout of the pavilion itself was also redesigned. Tony Baxter left the project to work on what would eventually be the Journey Into Imagination pavilion (where he would eventually rework the Landkeeper into Dreamfinder) and Imagineer Rolly Crump and his team were tasked with coming up with new plans for The Land[3]. At this time, the pavilion was reshaped to look like a glass pyramid or mountain [4]. Furthermore, the entrance was given murals to represent entering the earth’s core [1]. The new plans also called for The Land to be made up of a boat ride, later named Listen to the Land and the "Harvest Theater" which would show Symbiosis, an environmental film [1]. Originally, The Land pavilion was also going to feature temporary greenhouses; however it was later decided to permanently incorporate them into Listen to the Land[1]. The final addition to the pavilion came when sponsor Kraft decided that they wanted the pavilion to include an attraction that focused on nutritional information [1]. With this in mind, Imagineers created Kitchen Kabaret- an Audio Animatronic musical revue which featured singing food characters.

Besides its three main attractions, the Land pavilion also included a large food court on the first level, called the Farmers Market, as well as a rotating restaurant on the second floor (a holdover from the pavilion’s original design) called the Good Turn Restaurant [1].

The Land pavilion opened with the rest of EPCOT Center on October 1, 1982 [7].

The first major change to The Land came in December 1982 when the shop Broccoli & Co. opened [8]. This little store was themed as a tie in to Kitchen Kabaret and it sold plants, small souvenirs, and (obviously) Kitchen Kabaret merchandise. Besides the addition of Broccoli & Co., the only other significant change to The Land pavilion during the 1980s came in 1986 when the Good Turn restaurant was renamed The Land Grille Room [9].

Sponsorship by Nestle and Renovations (1993-2004)Edit

When Nestle took over sponsorship, Symbosis was replaced with The Circle of Life, and Kitchen Kabaret was replaced by Food Rocks

When Nestle assumed sponsorship of The Land in 1993, renovations on the pavilion began immediately. The first major update came to the aesthetics of the pavilion itself, when the original colors of brown and blue were replaced with a more vibrant color palette [1]. At this time, the Farmer’s Market was rethemed as the Sunshine Season Food Fair, the Land Grille Room became the Garden Grill, and the Broccoli and Co. was renamed the Green Thumb Emporium [1] [9].

As part of the Nestle refurbishments all three of The Land's attractions were also updated. First, on September 23, 1993, Listen to the Land closed [10]. The attraction later reopened as Living with the Land on December 10, 1993 [1]. During the refurbishment, both the Symphony of the Seed scene and the attraction’s theme song "Listen to the Land" were removed. Further changes included the fact that a prerecorded narration was now used for the first half of the attraction, and the attraction's finale was changed[1].

The next attraction to be updated was Kitchen Kabaret. The show closed on January 3, 1994, before reopening on March 26 as “Food Rocks” [11]. Instead of focusing on nutrition as Kitchen Kabaret had, Food Rocks instead parodied the top musical acts of the time [12]. The last of The Land's attractions to be renovated was Symbiosis, which was shown in the Harvest Theater. Symbiosis closed on January 1, 1995 in order to make room for a new for a new film: Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable [13]. The new attraction featured the characters Timon, Pumbaa and Simba from the 1994 Disney movie The Lion King. Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable opened on January 21, 1999 [14].

Other minor changes to come to The Land pavilion during the mid-1990s refurbishment included:

  • The seating in the atrium received new umbrellas [1].
  • Carpet was added to the atrium [1].
  • The ceiling mural was painted over [4].
  • Banners were hung from the roof in order to help with the pavilion's acoustics [4].
  • The three floating balloons, which represented food groups, were replaced with five new ones which represented the different types of seasonal weather [4].

Recent History (2005-Present)Edit

Following the mid-1990s refurbishments, The Land pavilion remained essentially unchanged for eight years. This ended however in 2003, when Disney decided to bring Soarin’ (a very popular motion simulator attraction in Disney’s California Adventure) to Epcot. Initially, Disney planned on adding Soarin' to one of the World Showcase pavilions[15], however when a proper location could not be agreed upon, it was decided to house the attraction inside The Land [15]. Although the attraction itself would take place in an expansion building, the queue for Soarin' was designed to go through the area that housed Food Rocks [1]. Quietly, construction on Soarin' began in August of 2003, before the attraction was officially announced on October 10th[15]. Despite the fact that its days were numbered, Food Rocks remained open until January 3, 2004[1]. The Land pavilion itself remained open for part of Soarin's construction. On January 2, 2005 however, the entire pavilion closed for a three month refurbishment [16]. During the renovation, Soarin' was integrated into the main atrium and changes were made to Living with the Land [1]. Also at this time, Sunshine Seasons was redesigned and the pavilion's central fountain was removed in order to add more seating [4]. Other changes that happened to the pavilion during the 2005 refurbishment included:
Soarin' opened in The Land in 2005
  • A remodeling and repaving of the entrance [4].
  • The entire pavilion was given a new color scheme of green, light blue, light tan and golden yellow[4].
  • The pavilion received new carpets, as well as new lighting [1].
  • New ceiling banners replaced those added during the 1990s refurbishment[1].
  • The balloons were repainted, so that they now signified the earth and the four seasons [4].
  • In order to help with the predicted increase in traffic flow, the pavilion's escalators were reversed[4].

Despite the significant changes being made the pavilion, the construction only took two weeks longer than expected [4], and by April 29, 2005 the entire pavilion was fully operational [1]. Since the 2005 renovation, The Land has only experienced some minor changes. In 2006, the skippers were removed from Living with the Land [17] and in 2007 interactive games were added to Soarin's queue [18]. Subsequently, on February 13, 2009, Nestlé's sponsorship of The Land ended [17]. Since that date, the Land has remained sponsorless (although Chiquita Brands International has sponsored the Living with the Land attraction since 2011 [19]).

On June 17, 2016, the new attraction Soarin' Around the World replaced the original Soarin' Over California attraction [20]. The new motion simulator attraction allows guests to hang glide over various world landmarks.

On February 3, 2018, Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable closed [21]. Subsequently, on March 19, 2019, Disney announced that a new film titled "Awesome Planet" would open in The Land pavilion's Harvest Theater [22].


Living with the Land- This narrated boat tour teaches guests about the history of "the land" and the effect that humans have on it. The second half of the attraction takes guests through a working greenhouse where futuristic growing techniques are showcased.

Soarin' Around the World- This motion simulator attraction allows to hang glide over various world landmarks. Destinations on Soarin' Around the World include, the Great Wall of China, the Matterhorn, the Eiffel Tower and many more.

Behind the Seeds Tour- For an additional cost, guests can experience the Behind the Seeds Tour. This tour takes guests on a one hour walkthrough of the greenhouses that are seen on Living with the Land. The Behind the Seeds Tour was known as Tomorrow's Harvest from 1982 until 1993, and the Greenhouse Tours from 1993 until 1996.

Former AttractionsEdit

Listen to the Land- The first incarnation of Living with the Land, Listen to the Land ran from 1982 until 1993.

Kitchen Kabaret- Kitchen Kabaret was a 13 minute Audio Animatronic musical revue that focused on promoting healthy nutrition. Kitchen Kabaret ran from October 1, 1982 until January 1, 1994, when it was replaced by Food Rocks.

Food Rocks- Food Rocks was an Audio Animatronic show that was themed to be a musical fundraiser to promote healthy eating. Parodying many of the top musical acts of the time, Food Rocks ran from 1994 until 2004 when it was closed in order to make room for Soarin'.

Symbiosis- Symbiosis was a 70mm film shown in the Harvest Theater. The film focused on human's destruction of the land, and the balance they needed to strike between technological advancement and protecting the environment. Symbiosis opened on October 1, 1982 and closed on January 1, 1995, when it was replaced by Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable.

Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable- Housed in the Harvest Theater, this 70mm film taught guests about their responsibility towards the environment. Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable featured Simba, Timon and Pumbaa from the 1994 Disney Movie "The Lion King". Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable operated from 1995 until 2017.

Soarin' Over California- The original incarnation of Soarin' allowed guests to hang glide over various California landmarks, ending with a visit to Disneyland. The original Soarin' opened on May 5, 2005 and closed on June 16, 2016.


The Land as it appeared during Kraft's sponsorship (1982-1993)
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