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Several Pre-COVID Experiences FINALLY Returning to EPCOT

EPCOT’s massive transformation is well underway. Amid all the Disney Park excitement, we’re thrilled with the news that several pre-COVID experiences are finally returning!

With large chunks of EPCOT currently under construction, EPCOT is still making progress on the introduction of its four neighborhoods, including World Celebration, World Discovery, World Nature, and World Showcase.

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EPCOT’s newly opened rollercoaster, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in World Discovery, is the Park highlight at the moment, but construction on Journey of Water Inspired by Moana in World Nature is a highly-anticipated Disney experience on the way.

And while many of the pre-COVID EPCOT experiences, such as character meet and greets and dining experiences, have returned to the theme park, there are still some missing pieces of the puzzle.

Well, remember all the pre-COVID backstage tours EPCOT offered? Great news… they are coming BACK!

Disney has announced the big news that to help celebrate its 40th Anniversary on October 1, 2022, they are bringing back fan-favorite tours beginning October 2, 2022.

The three returning tours are part of EPCOT’s “Enchanting Extras Collection.” These personalized experiences provide a look behind the scenes at EPCOT in unique ways. EPCOT’s Behind the Seeds Tour, EPCOT Seas Adventures – DiveQuest, and EPCOT Seas Adventures – Dolphins in Depth are returning!

Living with the Land attraction at EPCOT

If you’re a fan of the underrated EPCOT attraction known as Living with the Land… this is the PERFECT tour for you! Disney describes Behind the Seeds with:

“If you like the Living with the Land attraction at EPCOT or have an interest in gardening and natural sciences, then you’ll love Behind the Seeds! This one-hour walking tour gives you an up-close and personal view of amazing plants, insects and fish throughout four state-of-the-art greenhouses.”

“Take in the sights and smells of unusual crops from around the world as you explore the future of agriculture. Your knowledgeable guide will help you discover some of the latest plant-growing techniques in use at The Land, including hydroponics, and provide ideas you can try at home in your own garden!”

Living with the Land attraction at EPCOT
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Ready to experience the big blue up and close and personal? Of course, Guests visiting EPCOT can see plenty of sea life with The Seas with Nemo and Friends and its stunning aquariums, but two returning tours put you right IN the action.

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Disney announced the return of EPCOT Seas Adventures – DiveQuest as:

“With the return of EPCOT Seas Adventures – DiveQuest, guests once again can dive right into this 5.7-million-gallon saltwater environment and immerse themselves into the sea life surrounding the coral reef. This experience offers SCUBA-certified guests guaranteed calm seas, unlimited visibility, no current and incredible marine life.”

Guests enjoying EPCOT Seas Adventures – Dolphins in Depth
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But, if you aren’t SCUBA-certified or prefer a different tour, Disney also offers the EPCOT Seas Adventures – Dolphins in Depth tour described with:

“With the return of EPCOT Seas Adventure – Dolphins in Depth, guests can meet the bottlenose dolphins at The Seas to learn about their complex undersea behavior and talk with the experts who work with them every day.”

EPCOT Seas Adventures – Dolphins in Depth
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Even though the EPCOT tours returning don’t begin until October 2, 2022, sales for each Disney VIP tour will be available on August 22, 2022, on the Walt Disney World Resort website or via the My Disney Experience App. Happy booking your EPCOT tour, Disney fans!

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, and weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.