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Pucker Up! Giant Lemons ‘Now Growing’ at Epcot

posted on February 10th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

The areas around both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort are known worldwide for their citrus crops (after all, they both reside in “Orange County” in their respective states). And nowhere does science and citrus combine in such a magical fashion as The Land Pavilion in Epcot Future World. It’s is a living laboratory showcasing some of Disney Parks‘ best innovation in action.

On the Disney Parks Blog, we’ve already highlighted the “World’s Hottest Pepper,” with our crop correspondent Gary even taking a bite of the spicy sprout. Today, Gary returns to The Land to chat with our pal Les about some sensational citrus known as “Nine Pound Lemons.” Living up to their name, these massive pucker-producers can be seen by Guests on the popular “Living with the Land” boat ride.

And while Gary tries to propose to Les some new uses for the giant lemons, keep an eye out for another cameo from Rob – one of our Cast Members who has appeared in Gary’s previous videos featuring the fiery chile, the Main Street Barber Shop and Trick Ropin’ Trevor as a “concerned bystander.”

Do you have a favorite part of The Land? And did you know you can take a backstage walking tour of The Land called “Behind the Seeds at Epcot?” Let us know in the comments if you have a “must-see” at The Land, or if you have a favorite learning from the backstage tour.

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Jeff from OH on February 10th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

We took this tour in December and it was alot of fun. Very cool tour, but also very educational.

Great job Disney!


karla from NJ on February 10th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

what does it taste like, the land is one of my most favorite things to see. it really works growing things without it


Peter on February 10th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Pointing out the hidden mickeys on “Living With The Land”.


Vera on February 10th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I love “Living With the Land” but my favorite in “The Land” is Soarin’. Of course.


Ashley on February 10th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

OMG!! Those are AWESOME! I’d love to get my hands on one of those. I have no idea what I would do with it but I definitely want one! :) Send seeds! :)
I know it was said that they are more of a novelty plant but is it something one could plant in their backyard or personal greenhouse?


Greg on February 10th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

So cool. Great video!!!! I want one of those lemons to grow. or to at least taste in a big lemonade glass like in the video. The Land is awesome.


Jennifer from TN on February 10th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I’m a citrus fanatic and addict! I put lemon and lime in everything. I would love a supply of those 9 pound lemons!! I could use one up every day. How handy that would be. I wonder if I could arrange a shipping schedule…LOL!


Jackie on February 10th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I love, love, LOVE eating at Garden Grille! The food is fantastic and the setting is wonderful. We also took the Behind the Seeds tour and it was worth every penny. The guide was terrific and being able to see everything and while taking our time and getting our questions answered was wonderful. Highly recommend Behind the Seeds!


john on February 10th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

We took the tour in Oct and are now on our way to trying to grow things with hydroponics. So far so good. Thanks for the education Mickey 😉


Gregory on February 10th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Um … “are known”? Where are there citrus fields within 25 miles of Disneyland? (No, Knott’s Berry Farm doesn’t count).


Jason on February 10th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

The behind the seeds tour I took in 2007 is your best value for a Disney World tour. My favorite part was touching the plant that curled up its leaves. Luckily I found out my local Target sold them in seed form as “sensitive plant”. I also purchased two plants grown from their special growing process. Sadly the young redwood died, but the prickly pear cactus is still growing strong 500% bigger then when I first got it.


Micahel from FL on February 10th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I’m surprised that Disney isn’t showing the technical name of this particular plant. What they’re calling a “nine-pound lemon” is really more familiarly known as a Ponderosa Lemon. They are available from specialty nurseries and grow well in South Florida.


Paul from OH on February 10th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Nice video! The Land always impresses me. Disney makes the science and education there so much fun i think it is great for kids to learn from experts. And the video is fun!!! Keep it up Disney Blog!

@Gregory – Thomas Smith is correct in what he writes.
The words “are known” could also mean they have a longtime reputation for citrus, which they certainly do. The Orange County, California county seal features oranges on it, and it was so named for the abundance of orange groves. It’s very fair to say that both Orange Counties are known for citrus, in my opinion.


Lisa on February 10th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Giant lemons must bring more tears while we are cutting them. LOL.
Those tears must be happy ones.


Krystal on February 11th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I loved this tour when I was able to take it two years ago. My favorite part? Getting to release the ladybugs at the tomato plants! One of my favorite things I’ve ever done in the parks :-)


Caroline on February 14th, 2011 at 9:06 am

We took the tour last week(Feb 10). We really enjoyed getting to see everything from behind. We talked some about the lemon tree in your feature. I said that would make some awesome lemon pies! We enjoyed seeing the pepper tree. My mother didn’t know how pepper was grown. Our guide talked briefly about how they were dried/boiled/frozen. Thanks for sharing!