Kraft Foods sponsored the 2.5 million square feet of space that housed three attractions and two eateries. Listen to the Land, the original Living with the Land, showcased the green houses and hydroponics still housed in the current attraction. The ride featured the song Listen to the Land, which is still popular with Epcot enthusiasts.
Kitchen Kabarate was an audio-animatronic show that focused on healthy eating and four food groups, including meat, dairy, grains and vegetables/fruits.
Symbiosis, which was house in the current Circle of Life Theater focused on the protection of the environment and the growth and expansion of technology. The balance between the two inspired this film which showed how humans have affected the environment and what was being done at the time to correct it.
The Good Turn Restaurant, now named The Garden Grill, showcased food from the pavilion and rotated through scenes in the Listen to the Land attraction. In place of Sunshine Seasons sat Farmer’s Market, the pavilions quick service.
Obviously, the pavilion has evolved and changed quite a bit over the past 30 years, but what I think is most special about The Land is that it is very similar to opening day. Living with the Land and Circle of Life and very similar to their opening day counterparts. While both eateries have new names, their concepts are virtually the same. Let’s be honest here. The concepts implored in 1982 are still very much in play in 2012.
I have written posts about the Land Pavilion in the past, and my feelings remain the same. The Land will always hold a special place in my heart, as I am sure it does for Epcot enthusiasts around the globe.