One of the few opening day attractions left at Epcot has received a small update.
Living with the Land, the gentle boat ride through greenhouses at Epcot’s The Land pavilion, is now sporting updated video in the theater section in the early portion of the ride. The voiceover has also been changed with some slight alterations to the previous script.
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Disney confirmed to Orlando Rising that the attraction “has recently been updated,” but did not answer questions about whether further enhancements to Living with the Land are planned. Sources familiar with Epcot operations told Orlando Rising the change was implemented overnight.
The combination dark ride/greenhouse tour opened with Epcot on Oct. 1, 1982 under the name Listen to the Land. Little changed when the name was switched to Living with the Land in 1993 beyond updating the ride’s first scene from the original “Symphony of the Seed” to the current storm scene.
It’s now one of the few vestiges of Epcot’s original “edutainment” focus. Many of the park’s other original educational dark rides have been closed (like Horizons and World of Motion) or updated to include characters from Disney-owned films (like The Seas with Nemo and Friends).
The Land pavilion will see another update later this year with the opening of “Awesome Planet,” a film focused on the environment taking over the space last occupied by “Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable.”
While WDW News Today reported in May that The Land, along with The Seas pavilion, would be demolished “sometime between 2024 and 2026,” Disney quickly cast doubt on the rumor, saying both pavilions “are planned to be with us into the future.”
Plenty of changes are expected to be announced for other areas of Epcot at this month’s D23 Expo in Anaheim. Disney said in May that it will “share more about what’s coming to the core of the park on the opposite side of Spaceship Earth” at the event.
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