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I feel so absolutely spoiled by my Monkey Kingdom Event press trip with Disney. The first time ever I was able to go to Walt Disney World, my son and I had saved forever only to get pneumonia the day we arrived. We never really got to experience the park as we wanted, so this was my second chance (he’s still young, he has time!) and it was worth the wait.
It’s a little easier to experience Disney World when you’re with Disney reps and are able to go backstage of much of the park, including our visit to The Seas With Nemo And Friends, which many remember as The Living Seas.
This post is part of a #MonkeyKingdomEvent series with Disney. I am receiving transportation and accommodations for this event in exchange for sharing my experience with our readers. All opinions are my own.
See What’s Under The Sea At EPCOT
The supersized reef that is The Living Seas at EPCOT is quite impressive when you’re looking through it from the ground floor, but walk the spiral staircase (not open to the general public) to the top of the tank and you’ll see the expansive, jaw-dropping landscape of the entire tank.
It’s a whopping 5.7-million-gallon saltwater aquarium with over 6,000 sea creatures, including sea turtles, angelfish, dolphins, eagle rays and sharks. It’s 200 feet in diameter and is 27 feet deep. That’s quite a place to call home!
Sadly, we can’t share in pictures our behind the scenes photos, but did you know that guests can experience this expansive habitat?
Explore The Seas At EPCOT
If you’re a SCUBA-certified diver, you might want to jump in and join the fish at The Seas With Nemo & Friends Pavilion! You’ll be part of what viewers see through the Reef’s 56 windows and you’ll enjoy 3 hours of backstage secrets to the 2nd largest saltwater aquarium in the world.
Behind The Seeds: EPCOT Is What You Eat
What an amazing honor it was this month to realize that there’s more to Disney and Disney World than fun rides and magical moments. It has been called a ‘celebration of human achievement, namely technological innovation and international culture, and is often referred to as a “Permanent World’s Fair”‘. I think that fairly sums up EPCOT past, present and future.
EPCOT’s present includes the Living with the Land attraction and Behind the Seeds!
With Living With The Land, you can see where your food comes from on this cruise through the living laboratories of Epcot. Did you know that restaurants at Walt Disney World are serving much of the very food that is grown at EPCOT? Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, tomatoes and rice and more are grown on trees, vines and even in soil-less environments at EPCOT. Disney’s horticulturalists are using, discovering and sharing innovative growing techniques and cross-breeding high-yield crops with the goal of sustaining our growing global population.
Behind The Seeds Tour is a one-hour tour of the fish farm and 4 greenhouses that make up The Land Pavilion. You’ll see the fish farm, release ladybugs into the greenhouse to help protect the plants, see first-hand the gigantic fruits and vegetables and unusual crops from around the world, and even get helpful tips for your own garden at home!
And you thought EPCOT was just a tour around the world 🙂
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