Tours at Disney World are a great way to “plus” your vacation if you’ve been to the parks many times. To get a feel for what to expect on a Disney World tour, I took the Behind the Seeds Tour at Epcot last month. Read on to learn all about what to expect on this tour and my overall impressions!
The Behind the Seeds tour gives a “backstage” tour of the greenhouses found in the Land pavilion in Epcot’s Future World. You see these greenhouses on the Living with the Land boat ride and I have been fascinated with them since I was a kid!
Behind the Seeds Tour Times
The tour is offered every day of the week and many times throughout the day. Here is a recent schedule of times the tour is offered:
I registered for the tour about 6 weeks before my trip by calling 407-WDW-TOUR. I paid for the tour with my Chase Disney Visa to get a 15% discount – read all about Disney Word tours and how to get discounts on them in this post. The total for the Behind the Seeds tour with my discount was $21 (regular price is $25).
I checked in at the meeting place for the tour, the Soarin’ desk inside the Land pavilion, 15 minutes prior to the tour and was given a nametag. Our tour guide met our group at about eight people soon after and whisked us backstage to begin the tour!
I have to go on Living With the Land every time I’m at Epcot, so getting to experience the attraction backstage was a huge treat.
Ther were several hidden (and not-so-hidden) Mickeys throughout the backstage area, so you never forgot you were at Disney!
We visited four greenhouses and the fish farm during the tour while Brian explained some of the techniques used at the facility. I think anyone with an interest in the natural sciences or gardening would be fascinated with the content.
I was amazed at how much I learned in this 60-minute tour. I really appreciated the pace, which was brisk without feeling rushed. The time passed quickly and I was surprised when an hour had already passed.
I also loved the sensory experience of the tour- not only did we see and listen, but we also touched, smelled, and even tasted!
There were two little ones on our tour (roughly ages one and six) and they did great. I plan on taking my daughter when she is old enough to understand more of the science, maybe around age nine or ten.
Overall, I was blown away by the quality of the Behind the Seeds tour – I felt like it was worth at least double what I paid! If this tour is any indication, expect to get a great deal of education and entertainment on Disney World tours.
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