Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Disney World greenhouse at Epcot




Recently my hubby and I took a long overdue vacation to Disney World, I had never been and he had not been since he was a child.

I did a lot of research before we left to find the best things to do while we were there to maximize our 4 days at the parks. The one attraction at my list was “Living with the Land” in the Land pavilion at Epcot. This 43,000 sq ft attraction is actually a boat tour ride that focuses on new technology to make agriculture more efficient and environmentally friendly.

The Land pavilion is nothing fancy from the outside but once you wonder up through the long sloping walk and through the front doors you will realize it is something to be explored. There are several places to eat and a few other rides but my favorite one as I said was the “Living with the Land” nestled in the back corner on the lower level.




The ride starts out with a boat ride through a dark forest during a thunderstorm and winding around through a tropical rainforest, a desert and a prairie.

 Next you find yourself floating through scenes on how we have interacted with the environment and how we have manipulated the land to serve our purposes.
(the pictures I took came out too dark)

You then come to a back lit sign indicating the (Production & Research Center) is ahead of you. This is where the came to life for me. There are 5 distinct areas I’ll call greenhouses.


There is a tropical greenhouse with crops from tropical areas around the world like dragon fruit, pineapple, papaya, jack fruit and bananas.  



A greenhouse dedicated to Aquaculture called the Aquacell. This is also called fish farming; there are several tanks that house fish like tilapia, sturgeon, catfish and even American alligators. Some of the fish harvested from here are served in the coral reef restaurant.


 There is also a Production greenhouse that has crops from temperate climates like winter melon, pomelo, lemons, and giant pumpkins as well as cotton, millet, sunflowers, and beets. We saw the largest melons I have ever seen. 


There is an amazing greenhouse they call the String greenhouse that uses a high density technique called Nutrient Film Technique (a hydroponic technique where nutrient rich water is recirculated past the roots of the plants in enclosed channels.You will also see the “vertical growing technique” plants growing on special trellises that cause the plants to grow into the shape of a tree. There is a tomato “tree” that can produce ever 32,000 tomatoes in just over a year.


The Creation Greenhouse is the last one and is the most spectacular of them. You will be awed with spiral contraptions that have several different plants growing on them as well as plants that seem to be suspended in the air just hanging around. These plants are being grown by the Aeroponics technique. A fine mist of water and nutrients is sprayed directly on the roots of the plants; there is no soil for them to grow in.




There is also a small exhibit of NASA hydroponic growing units that were developed for use in space.


As well as an Entomology laboratory that raises beneficial insects for use in the greenhouses and around the Disney property.


All told these greenhouses produce over 30 tons annually.

A few more picture from around the greenhouses.





The lean and lower tomatoes were my favorite.

Enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for all the pictures! Years ago I considered an internship at Epcot working in the greenhouses. I didn't take it but I hope to visit someday. It looks so interesting!

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    1. I would have loved an internship there but I hear it's really tough. You have to visit, it's amazing! I never knew how much Disney World did to be help the environment.

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