It’s so hard to break out of the normal for me when it comes to a Disney vacation. I have my favorites and I don’t like to deviate from my carefully crafted itinerary. However, becoming an annual passholder has slowly been changing the way my family and I do the parks. I even went to the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend without dining reservations and a plan. Whoa! And I’m being totally serious when I say I made FastPass+ selections on the drive down. Talk about a 180 from my normal vacations. But I can honestly say that it was fun to go with the flow.
On a cold, rainy day in Epcot a few weeks ago we ventured into the Land Pavilion to warm up and grab a snack from Sunshine Seasons. From time to time, you can find really great treats in there so keep an eye out. As we were walking around, I saw the check in desk for the Behind the Seeds Tour and went over to inquire some information about it. I’ve always wanted to do the tour and it turned out that there was plenty of availability for the next tour which was about to start. Since we had no set plans, we said why not and signed up, paid and got our sticker name tags.
Information about the tour: This is a behind the scenes walking tour. You will see parts backstage parts of Epcot. The tour is daily (subject to change) leaving every 45 minutes between 10:30a.m.-4:30p.m. You can make reservations in advance by calling 407-WDW-TOUR or walk up reservations are excepted subject to availability. The price typically ranges from $20-25 for adults and $16-$20 for children. Annual Passholder discounts do apply. This tour is appropriate for children of all ages.
We started the tour by getting to know our tour guide, Tyler, who also happened to be from North Carolina. It was fun hearing his backstory and how he came to work at Walt Disney World and how much he loves farming and what he does. It’s magical when the two worlds collide. We went around the room getting to know everybody. We shared our names, where we were from and why we wanted to do the tour. It was fun chit chatting with other Guests we’d be spending time with. The first leg of the tour took us to the “bug room”. There we got to get up close and personal with bugs that Disney breeds and releases into the greenhouses to keep the bad bugs from eating the vegetation. My daughter loved seeing the good bugs and the bad bugs and learning what they do in our environment. Such a great homeschool lesson. They even got to hold viles of the bugs to really see each insect. After the bug room, we headed outside to the greenhouses with a quick stop in front of the laboratories. This is a sterile environment so we weren’t allowed inside but the big glass windows allowed for plenty of viewing. This is where Disney basically grows plants from plants. There is a lot of science behind it, but I’ll save that for when you go on the tour. Next, we got a tour of the greenhouses that the attraction Living With The Land goes through. We saw different growing methods, watering methods, and plants of all shapes and sizes thriving in the greenhouse. We even got to touch a special plant that has its own protection mechanism. Addie loved this part, touching is very fun. Throughout the tour, there was plenty of opportunity to ask questions about the information your tour guide is giving you. I was very proud of Addie because several times she raised her hand and engaged in conversation with our Cast Member guide. After the greenhouses, we got to see the aquaculture tanks where the fish are housed. Not only did we get to see the fish, we got to feed them a big handful of fish pellets, another win for the kiddos on the tour! After that, the tour was close to being over. We walked back through the greenhouse toward the exit. Upon leaving, everyone was given special seeds to plant back home. That was a fun takeaway that really excited Addie.
The Behind the Seeds tour is the cheapest behind the scenes tour you can take at Walt Disney World. Its low cost makes it a great value for the whole family. While it is educational, the tour is engaging for children of all ages and short enough to hold their interest. I give it two thumbs up, in fact, it was a highlight of our entire trip for me. Give it a shot and let me know what you think! What’s your favorite tour at Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comment section below.