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A Review of Epcot’s Behind the Seeds Tour

A Review of Epcot’s Behind the Seeds Tour

The Behind the Seeds Tour takes you backstage at Disney to see the greenhouses of the Living with the Land attraction. Bottom line, if you love Living with the Land like me this is a tour for you! If you want some more good news this is one the cheapest backstage tours Disney World offers. This one-hour tour takes you to the fish farm and the four greenhouses that make up The Land Pavilion. We also think this is a perfect fit for anyone with an interest in gardening or natural sciences.

How to Book the Behind the Seeds Tour

I recommend just winging it personally. This tour is offered many times throughout the day, typically 9 times to be exact. The times range from 

There is a desk where you can book the tour right outside the exit of Living with the Land. The desk used to be by the entrance of Soarin but it been moved to be more convenient, right outside of its attraction exit. If you want to schedule everything in advance of your trip you can also book by phone. Just as with any other Disney World tour you call (407) WDW-TOUR.

When booking don’t forget to use your discounts! There is a 15% discount available to Annual Passholders, Disney Visa Cardmembers, Disney Vacation Club Members, AAA Diamond Club Members, active and retired military and defense employees who have a military ID.

Inside a Behind the Seeds Tour

First off you need to make sure you get to the check-in desk 15 minutes before your tour is scheduled to begin. This is where you will get your name tags that you will need to fill out and wear for your tour. The check-in desk is the same spot where you can buy tickets, right outside the exit for Living with the Land.

Your tour guide will come out to this area to get you and take you backstage. Once backstage you will get a brief intro and then be mic’d up for the tour. Oh and let’s not forget those ever fun introductions of your name and where you are from.

Bug Farms Behind the Seeds Tour

Okay so first up is what I consider the worst part of the tour, bugs! Yup the tanks pictured above are the bug farm they have running for various studies. If you are squeamish with bugs like me don’t worry all the bugs are contained in these boxes. Except of course for the lovely cups of bugs, they pass this around which are also closed. I opted to stand far away and not hold the cup-o-bug and was just fine.

We had to watch a couple of really gross videos of bugs eating things and then it was time to get on to the good stuff, the greenhouses! This is why you booked the tour right? First up we take a look at where all those Mickey’s Mini Gardens are grown. We heard this is where all the interns have the honors of flexing their greenhouse knowledge.

A Review of Epcot's Behind the Seeds Tour 5

As you walk through the areas note that they are growing food that they serve in restaurants around Disney World. It just adds to the extra cool factor. From here they are going to walk through all the different types of growing systems they have. You will even get a small food sample too! We got to eat some freshly cut cucumbers. It really beats what you get in the grocery store.

Tour Guide on Behind the Seeds Tour

They really take the time to cover Disney’s forward thinking methods of growing. These are the exact same systems that they show off at the Living with the Land attraction. I am still plotting how to implement our own garden in the backyard with all the good tidbits we learned.

Living with the Land Fish Farms

During the tour, you will also get to venture inside the fish farm. This is where you can feed the fish if you like. Watch out though the fish go wild and you may get wet!

Is Behind the Seeds Good for You?

If any of the following apply to you then, YES! The Behind the Seeds Tour will be a good fit.

  • Love to garden
  • Interested in science
  • Gain some gardening tips for your own home
  • Want to see behind the scenes of Disney World

Behind the Seeds Tour Tips

View important information including recommended attire, tour content, and cancellation policies.

  • You’ll be on your feet for the whole hour of this walking tour. So as always with visiting any Disney theme park make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
  • Leave yourself enough time to ride Living with the Land prior to your tour. It will give you a preview of what to expect.
  • You will forfeit the entire price of your tour if you are a no-show or cancel within 2 days of your reservation.