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Disney Does Aquaponics

July 31st, 2012 by Jim Wilson


Shrimp shrimp within a Disney Aquarium with logoEveryone in the western world knows that Disney is the master of entertainment. Whether it’s the big screen or television, Broadway or theme parks, Disney keeps it’s audiences intrigued, engaged and coming back for more. What might surprise those that read on is the Walt Disney Company’s approach to green, sustainable research and practices that have been in place at the Walt Disney resort since 1982.

Tucked away on the right side of the future world area in EPCOT is “The Land” pavilion. Inside this large series of structures are several attractions designed to educate, present interactions, and research how we interact with our natural resources. Visitors can experience a flight through the wonders of California, get an animated fable from the characters of the Lion King, and most importantly, take a boat tour through the five environmentally controlled horticultural areas.

Yes, that’s right, Disney maintains a fully operational research and production greenhouse utilizing horticulture, aquaculture, aquaponics, and hydroponics. You can see all of the varying techniques employed by taking a small boat on a canal tour through an active greenhouse area that actual produces food served in the park. This presentation is 15 minutes of solid information and whets your appetite in many ways.

If you are like me and the boat ride is not enough, sign up for the “Behind the Seeds” tour. It is well worth the extra fee (under $20 per person) and the time away from the rest of the park. However, if you would choose to live vicariously through my recent tour, I will present it in the next blog post, “Behind the Seeds”.