Overlooked Disney, Part III – Behind the Seeds, by Gil Pohl

In my continuing quest to write about one overlooked attraction at each of the parks at the Walt Disney World® Resort, now brings us to EPCOT.  If you have been to The Land Pavilion in recent years, you have probably run as quickly as possible to get your FastPass for Soarin’.  While waiting on your time to get in the FastPass line you may have taken the boat ride “Living with the Land”.  What you missed was a chance to take a backstage walking tour of the greenhouses that are used for the “Living with the Land” boat tour.  There is a small cost to take this tour (ages 12 and up is $16.00 and ages 3-11 is $12.00) and some discounts are available for some people, such as Annual Pass Holders and Disney Vacation Club Members.

On this one-hour walking tour of one of the Greenhouses, Cast Members will explain in more detail about the research and development that is taking place in the many areas of horticulture being studied.  You get to see the exhibits up close and the Cast Member is always there to answer any questions.

When booking you next trip with Ears of Experience make sure to ask about booking a “Behind the Seeds” tour.  I know you will love it.

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My favorite Disney World Run

Not many things in my opinion can compare to waking up knowing you are headed out to the most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World®. But one thing can and that is a run early in the morning around Seven Seas Lagoon. When we stay at the Polynesian Resort I have a run ritual that heightens my Disney experience every time. I run from our room along the winding paths on Polynesian’s grounds, passing the marina, along the beach of Seven Seas where you hear the water lapping on the shore, by the Wedding chapel and fitness area, ending up on Grand Floridian’s grounds where I run along the paths in there to the boat launch dock overlooking the Magic Kingdom. I then head back running through the Polynesian grounds to the Ticket and Transportation center and loop back around to my room. This is by no means a long run for me but it is one of my most enjoyable. (You could do it twice to make it more challenging).

The exercise is secondary on these days to me. The view and the feelings it invokes in me are primary. Usually I am a “get some miles in” kind of girl but not these days. You see so much that you would not see if you weren’t experiencing this. From the pool staff preparing the pool for what will be hundreds by mid-afternoon to the small kids already bounding to breakfast, so excited about what is in store for them that day. You see details you would never notice when running along these paths and how much work it takes to keep this place as special as it is. You also see those enjoying coffee on their balconies taking in the same views I am, the looks of the faces of those leaving on early flights, headed back to reality, and I think I can even tell which one of those early rising families are starting their first day, bounding to the main building anticipating that first park experience. All I take in on these runs make me appreciate where I am, what I am doing, and how lucky I am to be there so much more.

Depending on the time of year you are there, you can also see one of my favorites, the lights slowly going out on Cinderella’s Castle castle. In March, it was still getting light when I did my run so the lights were still on at the castle. As it gets light, they slowly turn them off, one section at a time, in a manner that is barely noticeable unless you were to be watching it for that purpose.

I am a runner, that is part of who I am. I am also an avid Disney World fan; I cannot get enough of it. To combine the two of them is something so enjoyable, you have to experience it yourself to truly know what it is like.

For other routes at Disney and information on running while in Disney World, there is a great site. Maps and trails can be found here.

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Rollercoasters, Parades, and…..Fishing?!

Bass Fishing at Walt Disney World
Bass Fishing at Walt Disney World

Disney. The sights, the sounds, the characters, the adventure, …..the fishing?!  That’s right, fishing.  Many people are surprised to learn that in addition to the theme parks and water parks at the Walt Disney World® Resort, there is also an outdoor recreation department that offers events such as guided fishing excursions.  These tours are available on the lakes at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Downtown Disney® Area , and on the Seven Seas Lagoon/Bay Lake.  Because of their combined size, Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon get most of the fishing attention.

Bay Lake was the only natural body of water on the Disney property when construction began in the late 1960s. Although you would never know by looking at it or fishing on it, it was drained with pumps and its bottom layer of muck was scooped out. Next to it, more than 7 million cubic yards of earth were dug up for the lagoon and used as a foundation for the Magic Kingdom Park. Sand from underneath the muck was used to line 4½ miles of beach around the newly created 172-acre Seven Seas Lagoon. Bay Lake and the lagoon were then refilled with water from the surrounding wetlands and stocked with more than 70,000 fish.

Disney’s fishing excursions are almost entirely oriented toward bass, but there are bluegills and crappies in these lakes as well.You can expect to catch a fair number of 2- to 4-pounders, although 8- to 10-pounders are occasionally caught here.  A 14-pound, 6-ounce bass was once caught here, although it’s unclear how long ago that was.

Guided fishing tours are open year-round and are available to guests staying in Walt Disney World® Resorts or for those in the area for non-vacation reasons who have some free time in their day to fish. All excursions leave from the resort docks located on each of the lakes; however, tours leaving from Disney’s Wilderness Lodge are only available to guests staying at that resort. It is recommended that you book your excursion well in advance, as the spots fill quickly. You can do this up to 90 days prior. Guided fishing excursions are booked year-round and the two-hour excursion includes boat, guide, fishing equipment and non-alcoholic refreshments for up to five people. 

Guided Bass Fishing Excursion Times & Prices:
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – $260 USD for one to five anglers
10:00 a.m. – 12 noon – $260 USD for one to five anglers
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – $230 USD for one to five anglers
$445 USD four hour trip (7:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m.)
Extended excursions are also available.

  • Fishing for all species is strictly catch and release, and you do not need to obtain a Florida fishing license.
  • Children 17 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  • There is no wheelchair access on the boat itself, so you must be able to walk around while on the boat.
  • You don’t have to be an experienced angler and you may bring your own tackle, but it helps if you can use spinning tackle or, preferably, baitcasting gear if you fish with the provided equipment.
  • Plastic worms are by far the most effective artificial bait on these lakes.
  • Bass fishing is generally good at all times, but if you have the choice, go out on the first shift of the day, which begins at 7 a.m.

For more information or to book a guided excursion, call 1-800-WDW- BASS. Good luck landing the ‘Big One’.

(Special thanks to Jay at the Outdoor Rec dept for your help with this blog.)

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