Allergies, fear of lightning and thunder, neck pain—a lot of
head turning is required to see everything, lightning flashes,
old-time movie flickers
The past, present and future of farming are displayed in this
smooth, slow-moving boat ride. There’s occasional mild bumping
of the tracks. You’ll pass through various climates experiencing
dry or moist air. There are musty-smelling portions.
Pesticides are used in the greenhouse portion of the ride.
See below for details.
takes approximately 14 minutes.
must transfer from their ECV or electric wheelchair to a manual
wheelchair. Handheld Captioning, Attraction Description.
Take a smooth-riding boat ride to learn about the past, present and
future of farming. First you’ll pass through various types of simulated
climates such as a rainforest and a desert. You’ll then see different
kinds of farming methods through time. These are displayed through a
variety of means including scenes with Animatronics and film. Last,
you’ll pass through a series of futuristic indoor greenhouses that house
real a working Disney farm using high-tech procedures.
There’s often a big line to get into this ride. The queue is dull with
pretty much nothing to look at while you’re waiting. People with
wheelchairs and GACs (Guest Assistance Cards) don’t use the main queue.
There should be a cast member to the right of the main queue who will
let in those with GAC’s and those in wheelchairs into the special queue.
The number of wheelchairs allowed in the queue at one time is limited,
so there may be a wait at the queue entrance before being allowed to
enter. This is one of those few queue lines that bypasses the crowds in
the regular queue.
wheelchairs can go on the boats, but not ECV’s. If you’re transferring
to a boat seat, you’ll need to walk onto the boat. You may be able to
stay in your ECV in the queue, or you may be required to transfer to a
wheelchair. This is at the cast member’s discretion and will depend on
the crowd levels and size of your ECV. If you need the wheelchair or ECV
brought to you to disembark, let a cast member know.
Bring your sunglasses. The ride moves through dim or dark areas, and
then you’ll suddenly enter a bright greenhouse. It’s especially bright
if you’re riding during daylight hours. The boat moves slowly during
this transition, leaving plenty of time to put your sunglasses on.
The boat seats
are hard with backs. This is a very mild ride. It’s slow and mostly
smooth with occasional slight bumps as it hits the sides of the indoor
canal. You have to turn your head from side to side to see everything,
and those with neck pain may wish to turn using the whole body rather
than just the neck to avoid irritating it.
The air in each
simulated climate reflects what you’d find in nature. For example, the
rain forest is moist and misty and the desert is dry. You’ll encounter
some light wind and hear some thunder. The greenhouses tend to be warm.
Portions of this ride have a musty odor. There are some old-time movies
projected on large screens that flicker. In the first scene there are
some lightning bolt effects.
Behind the Seeds
is a fascinating walking tour that’s available for an extra fee
(currently $16 per person). Your guide will be a knowledgeable person
who really works with the plants and/or fish. It will either be a
professional or college intern. They’ll walk you through the greenhouses
and by the fish tanks and they’ll teach about what you’re seeing. In
addition you’ll be given a lesson on natural pest control. A few guests
will be given a vial with lady bugs (a natural form of pest control) to
release on plants. Guests will also get to taste cucumbers grown on
site, and you’ll see how create a hydroponic garden at home.
The tour lasts about 1 ¼ to
1 ½ hours, depending on the tour guide and the numbers of questions the
guests ask. This is the shortest tour available at Disney, making it a
good choice for those with stamina issues. You’ll be on your feet for
most of the time, but the tour is completely accessible. Wheelchairs
and most ECV’s should have no difficulty maneuvering, however if you’re
riding a large 4 wheel ECV, some of the turns may be challenging but not
impossible. This is especially true of the fish tank area where there
are some sharp turns. Disney ECV’s are large four wheelers, and may be
challenging. There are benches and a water cooler available to guests at
only one brief point in the tour. The greenhouses are on the warmer
side, with some areas warmer than others.
There’s no restroom
available during the tour. We were told that if there’s a need, you
could let the tour guide know, and he/she will try to get you
assistance. After having done the tour, this seems like it would be
We were told by our guide
that although they seek to use natural pest control whenever possible,
they do use conventional pesticides as needed. These are applied at
night when the attraction is closed, and they only apply it to the
specific plants that need it. During the tour, guests are not permitted
to touch plants or to walk where there could be physical contact with
the plants. In part this is to prevent contact with pesticides.
This is one of the few
backstage tours at Disney that guests under 16 years old can participate
in. Call 407-WDW-TOUR [939-8687]. It may be possible to walk up and join
the tour at the last minute. Check at the podium to the left of Soarin’.
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