The Behind the Seeds at Epcot tour offers a one-hour indoor walking tour of the greenhouses seen during the Living With The Land attraction.
See the future of agriculture, go alligator gazing, release lady bugs and learn the advanced—and often experimental—techniques used to grow hydroponic crops with little or no soil. Watch how new methods are being developed to cultivate plants around the world and help make the Earth a healthier place to live. Take part in a herb/spice sensory challenge, veggie taste test – and you’ll be give a seed to sprout in your pocket!
Not sure if this tour is for you? Try the Living with the Land attraction – if you like what you see as your boat cruises through the greenhouse, you’ll love the Behind the Seeds tour.
When Walt Disney bought 27,500 acres of land in Florida, his dream was to build an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, which he called EPCOT. EPCOT was originally intended to be a living, breathing city of the future inhabited by thousands of permanent residents.
During 4-hour guided tour, you will venture into secret backstage areas of the park and see amazing facilities that guests are ordinarily not permitted to visit. Discover how Walt Disney’s vision and legacy inspired the design and technology behind the Future World area of Epcot theme park. Plus, hear the amazing story of how a massive construction project brought Epcot theme park to life.
The Around the World at Epcot tour allows you to see World Showcase while riding aboard a 2-wheel Segway Personal Transporter.
The first portion of the 2-hour tour consists of a fun training session where you will learn how to navigate a variety of terrain types and hear how to safely deal with common situations you’ll encounter during your adventure. Once you are up to speed on the operation of the Segway, your tour group will head out for a trip around the World Showcase. Traveling along the 1.3-mile World Showcase Promenade, you will get spectacular views of the 11 international pavilions along the way and your guide will point out interesting details and give you some unique insights into the design and craftsmanship behind the international pavilions
Once you have seen the parks a few times, the question often arises, how did they do that? Disney Imagineering is well-known for testing limits, stretching reality, and forging new ground. For many years, the question of “how” was a carefully guarded secret. Eventually the decision was made to expose Disney magic to the masses. Although you will not get to see the ideas that are still on the drawing board, Disney now offers the chance to go behind the scenes at a variety of attractions and shows.
The Backstage Magic Tour is Disney’s most comprehensive overview. This tour covers the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney-MGM Studios. It is a full six to seven-hour day, and includes lunch.
Tour details vary from day to day depending on the day’s scheduled events, maintenance, and so forth. However, the basics generally remain the same. The tour normally meets at 8:45 am at the Guest Relations office outside of Epcot’s main entrance. Group size is extremely limited, which allows for a good deal of personalized interaction with your guide.
Your tour will visit a mix of onstage and backstage locations. In order to preserve the magic for children, all tour participants must be age 16 or over. If you are the type of person who wants to preserve the fantasy unspoiled, then this tour is not for you. However, if you like to know how things work, then you will find the tour absolutely fascinating.
One stop you will likely make is at Costume Central and the Scenic Workshops. Your guide in conjunction with a Cast Member from that department will explain some of the process that goes into designing a show. From fabrics to paint colors, every bit of detail is carefully researched to develop the perfect blend of historical accuracy and real-world durability. Costume Central may bring your first jarring glimpse of reality, as Princesses arrive in sweatpants and T-shirts to pick up their dresses.
In the afternoon, your group will go to the Magic Kingdom to see the parade, before heading to the most anticipated portion of the tour—the Utilidors. This series of tunnels, located deep below the ground of the Magic Kingdom, is the stuff of many legends. Prior to the commencement of this tour, no guest was ever allowed inside. The Utilidor system provides Cast Members with a means to travel between sections of the park without being seen by guests. This is an important part of preserving the show, as it ensures that a Cast Member in futuristic Tomorrowland dress will not suddenly appear in the Old West setting of Frontierland.
You will meet up at the Guest Services courtyard near the entrance to Epcot where you will let a cast member know your clothing size. This is so they can get your wetsuit and other equipment ready for you by the time you get to the locker rooms. You will be in the aquarium about 40 minutes.
Dive into a 22.7 million litre indoor aquarium. You will be among over 65 species of marine life including sharks, turtle and rays. All equipment required is included in the price. Aquarium water is in the mid 70’s.
The experience lasts 3 hours, and Guests will spend approximately 40 minutes underwater in the massive Caribbean Coral Reef aquarium—which until 2005 was the largest saltwater tank in the world. Participants also get to see the massive backstage infrastructure required to filter and maintain a vast manmade ocean flourishing with life.
With its clear water and lack of currents, Epcot DiveQuest is an experience that both diving enthusiasts and Disney fans will never forget. Where else in the world can you swim with sharks and sea turtles while simultaneously waving to people enjoying a sit-down meal?
Dolphins in Depth lets you get close with the dolphins in an encounter you won’t forget in a hurry. You’ll learn all about these friendly creatures including an up-close interaction in the water which is waist deep. Visit the dolphin research centre where you’ll watch a training session before wading into the water for your photo. You will receive refreshments and a t/shirt. Wetsuits are provided but you need to take your own swimwear. Only eight guests per day can participate.
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