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Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Secrets and Facts
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage opened on June 11, 2007.
- The attraction is approximately 14 minutes long.
- The Tomorrowland attraction originally opened as the Submarine Voyage in 1959, along with the Matterhorn Bobsleds and the Disneyland Monorail as part of a major Disneyland expansion.
- The Submarine Voyage closed in 1998 and remained closed for 9 years before reopening with a Finding Nemo theme as Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
- Disney Imagineers worked with Pixar animators to create the underwater scenes in Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
- Disneyland's Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage follows the same track as the original Submarine Voyage.
- For the new attraction, the submarines were converted from diesel to fully electric. Two additional seats were also added to each of the attraction's eight submarines to increase capacity.
- Several of the voice actors from the original "Finding Nemo" movie reprise their roles in Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
- Composer Ed Kalnins wrote music that reflects the original Thomas Newman score from the "Finding Nemo" movie.
- To keep the intense colors in the attraction from fading in the Southern California sunlight, Disney Imagineers developed a new technique of "painting" with recycled glass, which will remain vibrant much longer in the sun. More than 30 tons of the recycled glass was used in 40 different shades to bring color to the coral reefs and underwater scenes. Newly created color shades include Mango Mud, Phantom, Danger Red, Split Pea, Peritwinkle, Phantom, Earth, Swamp, Aqua Jazz, Blue Feint, Burning Coal, Toast, and Yamber (a color between yam and amber).
- There are 126 animatronic figures, 180 still figures, 10,000 plants, and 23,000 pieces of artificial coral in Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
- The original Submarine Lagoon held 9 million gallons of water. With Finding Nemo makeover, the lagoon now holds 6.3 million gallons of water.
- The long-standing urban legend that the Submarine Lagoon could never been drained because it would cause the nearby Matterhorn to collapse was put to rest during Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage's construction, which required the lagoon to be drained for many months.
- References to the original Submarine Voyage include the old sea serpent as well as the old mermaids that used to appear in the original attraction's show scenes. They appear near the end of the attraction. The new narration also mentions "mermaids and sea serpants," just like the original Submarine Voyage.
- The strap on the mask of the Scuba diver by the tiki statue has "P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney," written on it, just like from the movie "Finding Nemo."
- The first ship in the "graveyard of lost ships" is from the original Submarine Voyage.
- The submarines are sent out three at a time, and the ride experience varies slightly depending on whether you're in the first, second, or third submarine in the set. There are a few extra lines said in the audio to compensate for the slightly longer time it takes for the last submarine to move out of the loading area.
The Submarine Voyage Secrets and Facts
- The Submarine Voyage opened in 1959.
- The submarines were originally grey in color. However, in the 1980s, they were repainted bright yellow and orange to theme them to an oceanographic research organization.
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