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King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea – Disney California Adventure – Attraction Checklist #39

January 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – This episode Suzie and I head back to Disney California Adventure to take a spin on King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea.  Recorded on November 26, 2017.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT:

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

On this episode we head back to Disney California Adventure to take a spin on King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea!  Located in the Paradise Pier, soon to be Pixar Pier section of the park, the guide map describes this attraction in the following manner:  Ride a whimsical Carousel of Sea Creatures.  There are no age or height requirements for this attraction and the Thrill Level describes this ride as a spinning slow ride.  Before we climb aboard our sea creature, here are five fast facts about King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea.

1. King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea opened with Disney California Adventure on February 8, 2001.

2.  The carousel features 56 sea creatures to ride on and two water chariots.

3.  There are 7 different types of brightly colored sea creatures to ride on. These include sea otters, dolphins, flying fish, sea horses, whales, sea lions and Girabladi Fish.

4.  Each of the sea creatures is carved and painted by hand.

5.  Along the edges of the carousel’s canopy there are 16 icons depicting famous California seaside amusement parks.  These include Santa Monica Pier,  Ocean Park Pier, Loof’s Pier and Playland at the beach.

So let’s take a ride on King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea as it is today.  Along for the ride is Suzie and after we’ll discuss our thoughts on this classic ride as this is my first time on the attraction.  This is a binaural recording, so if you have headphones put them on now as we experience King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea at Disney California Adventure!

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California Screamin – Disney California Adventure – Attraction Checklist #038

December 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Let’s take one last loop on Disney California Adventure’s California Screamin’ before it gets its incredible makeover.  Recorded on November 26, 2017.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

Today we take a ride on an attraction that will soon get an incredible makeover.  Disney California Adventure’s California Screamin’.  The guide map describes California Screamin’ by saying, “Zoom on this high speed coaster.”  The Thrill level of this attraction calls it a Thrill Ride  with big drops that is loud.  Guests must be 48” or taller to ride and both FastPass and a Single Rider line are available for this ride.  Before we Hurry, Hurry, Hurry to our seats, here are five fast facts about California Screamin’ at Disney California Adventure.

1.  California Screamin’ is one of Disney California Adventure’s opening Day attractions, beginning operation on February 8, 2001.  

2.  The attraction uses linear induction motor to launch the coaster cars up the first hill.  Guests go from zero to 55 Miles Per Hour in about four seconds at the beginning.  This is also the only attraction at Disneyland resort that features a loop or inversion.

3.  With over 6000 feet of track, California Screamin’ is currently the third longest steel roller coaster on the American Continents and the seventh longest steel coaster in the world.

4.  Since late 2010, the voice of the safety spell on this attraction is provided by Neil Patrick Harris,  Before that the spiel was voiced by Dee Bradley Baker

5.  California Screamin’ is set to have it’s final ride on January 8, 2017 so that it can be retimes as the Incredicoaster based on the Disney/Pixar Incredibles film franchise.

So let’s take one last loop on California Screamin’ as it is today.  Along for the ride is Suzie and after we’ll discuss our thoughts on this classic ride.  This is a binaural recording, so if you have headphones put them on now as we experience Disney California Adventure’s California Screamin’!

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RELAUNCHED! Mission: SPACE Green Mission – EPCOT – Attraction Checklist #037

December 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – John B. deHaas and I head to EPCOT to experience the, newly opened, green mission on RELAUNCHED! Mission: SPACE!  First, we learn a little about the ride, then we ride and review this revamped attraction.   Recorded on August 13, 2017.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we head to EPCOT in Walt Disney World to ride the newly opened RELAUNCHED! Mission: SPACE!  Today we’ll be experiencing the Green, less intense, version of the attraction that’s been dubbed Mission:Earth. 

The guide map describes this attraction by saying Experience NASA-style training with a simulated space launch.  The Green Mission of the relaunched Mission: SPACE has a height requirement of 40” and expectant mothers should not ride.  Fastness Plus is available for this attraction.  The thrill level describes the ride as being a Spinning, Thrill Ride in the Dark, though the Green Mission does not spin.

Before we are go for launch, here are five fast facts about the green Mission of Epcot’s Relaunched! Mission: SPACE.

1. Mission: SPACE had it’s Grand Opening on October 9, 2003 though it went through a soft opening in the months before.  When it opened there was only one side experience.  It wasn’t until May of 2006 that the less intense, non-spinning Green Mission was open giving riders two ride options.

2.  At 2017’s D23 Expo, it was announced that Green Mission would be getting its own unique ride video, dubbed Mission: Earth that would debut on August 13, 2017, the date the audio for this episode was recorded.

3.  When the Relaunched! Mission: SPACE opened in August of 2017, actor Gary Sinese, who’d been the ride’s CapCom had been replaced by actress Gina Torres.

4.  The new Green Mission still gives rider assignments for the trip of Navigator, Pilot, Commander or Engineer and each rider has the opportunity to push buttons at various points on the trip.  If the riders do not push the button in time, a storyline ‘computer override’ will occur.

5.  While on the Green Mission, riders see simulated views of Earth from space including The Grand Canyon, The Hawaiian Islands, The Great Wall of China and more.  All these visuals are accompanied by a brand new musical score for the ride.

Now let’s head to EPCOT to ride the Relaunched! Mission: SPACE Green Mission.  Along for the ride is John B. dehaas and after the ride audio we’ll discuss our thoughts on this update to Mission: Space.  Also, to cut down on the episode length, some of the waiting time between ride announcements has been edited out.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones put them on now as we ride the Green Mission of Relaunched! Mission: SPACE at EPCOT in Walt Disney World!

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The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – Disney California Adventure – Attraction Checklist #036

November 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Our next stop is Disney California Adventure to ride The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure to see how it compares to Magic Kingdom’s version.  Along for the ride is Suzie and we discuss our thoughts after you ride along with us  Recorded on November 24, 2016.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT:

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

As a companion piece to last episode, this episode we are headed to Disney California Adventure to ride The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.  The guide map’s lackluster description of this ride says, “Be part of Ariel’s world aboard this attraction!”  There are no age or height requirements for this attraction and the Thrill Level describes the ride as bing a Loud, Dark Slow Ride.

Before we set sail, here are five fast facts about The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure.

1.  Located in the Paradise Pier (soon to be Paradise Park) section of Disney California Adventure, The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure officially opened on June 3, 2011.  It took over the spot in the park previously occupied by Golden Dreams, a film about the history of California narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.

2.  The statue of King Triton on the attraction’s exterior was related there from the, now defunct, Triton Gardens in Disneyland.

3.  The mural that can be seen in the ride’s load area where you board your clam-mobile is 86 feet long and was painted entirely by hand.

4.  The animatronic figure of Ursula in the attraction is the biggest on the ride measuring 7 1/2 feet tall and 12 feet wide. 

5.  This attraction boasts a tribute to the movie The Incredible Mr. Limpet, a film where Don Knotts turns into a fish named Mr. Limpet.  In the Under the Sea sequence of the ride, Mr. Limpett can be spotted directly across from where Ariel is dancing.

So now, let’s ride The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s’ Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure and see how it compares to Magic Kingdom’s Under The Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid.  Suzie is along for the ride today and after we ride we’ll discuss out thoughts on this attraction.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones put them on now as we experience, The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure.

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Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid – Magic Kingdom – Attraction Checklist #035

November 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Let’s head to Magic Kingdom and visit Ariel on Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid.  John B. deHaas is along for the ride and we discuss our thoughts on this attraction after we ride.  Recorded on October 27, 2016.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

It’s time to head to Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom and visit with Ariel on Under The Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid.  The Magic Kingdom guide map describes the ride by saying, “Descend below the waves for a splashy musical adventure.”  There are no age or height requirements for this attraction and the Thrill Level describes the ride as being a Slow Ride.  FastPass+ is available for this attraction

Before we begin flipping our fins, here are five fast facts about Under the Seas – Journey of the Little Mermaid at Magic Kingdom.

1.  Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid officially opened at Magic Kingdom on December 6, 2012.  It was built on the site of the former 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction.  Before that classic ride was removed, imagineers saved several jars of water from the 20,000 Leagues lagoon.  In a special ceremony with The Little Mermaid attraction opened, the water they’d save was aded back into the new water features as a nod to the original ride at that location.

2.  With a ride length of 5 1/2 minutes, Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid is one of the longer rides in Fantasyland.  It also boasts an interactive queue area where guests can help crabs sort out Ariel’s thingamabobs while they wait to ride the attraction.

3.  Original Little Mermaid stars Jodi Benson and Pat Carrol lend their voices to Ariel and Ursula on the attraction while Phillip Lawrence provides the voice of Sebastion and Chris Edgerly voices Scuttle.

4. The attraction reportedly boasts over 180 characters!  Most of them, around 120 characters, are featured in the Under the Sea sequence of the ride.

5.  Finally, if you’re a fan of finding hidden Mickeys in the Disney parks, this attraction boasts one of the most unique Hidden Mickeys ever.  Imagineers constructed the rocks outside the queue for the attraction in such a way that the sun creates a Hidden Mickey only once a year at noon on November 18th, Mickey Mouse’s Birthday!

Let’s hop aboard our clamshell to a pay a visit to Ariel and friends.  Along for the ride is John B. deHaas and he and I will discuss our thoughts on this attraction after the ride audio.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones put them on now as we experience, Magic Kingdom’s Under the Sea – The Journey of the Little Mermaid.

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Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters – Disney California Adventure – Attraction Checklist #034

October 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – It’s time to take a drive to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure and ride Disneyland Resort’s first trackless attraction, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters.  Joining the fun, for his very first ride on this attraction, is John B. deHaas.  After we ride, we discuss our thoughts on this ride that has stood the test of time.  Recorded on June 22, 2016.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

It’s time to take a drive to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure and ride Disneyland Resort’s first trackless attraction, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters.  The guide map describes this attraction in the following manner, “Luigi’s Cousins from Italy are in town to perform their favorite dances and you get to go along for the ride.”  There are no height requirements for this attraction and the Thrill Level describes as Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters as being a Thrill Ride with spinning and also cautions it as being loud.

Before we take a spin for ourselves, here are five fast facts about Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters.

1.  Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters opened in Disney California Adventure on March 7, 2016.  The attraction was a replacement for the Cars Land original attraction Luigi’s Flying Tires. 

2.  As mentioned at the top of the show, this is the first attraction at Disneyland Resort to utilize a trackless vehicle system, meaning that as the cars move and spin around the quote/unquote dance floor they do so without the aid of any sort of track system.  There are 18 different paths that each car can take at any time making each ride on this attraction truly  different.

3.  The attraction features Luigi and his cousins singing several car themed takes on classic Italian songs.  The songs play randomly lending even more to that ‘every ride is different’ feel of the attraction.

4.  Half of Luigi’s cousins, the ride vehicles’ are male and the other half are female.  Grill mustaches on the male cars make it easy to tell the difference.  Each of the ride vehicles also has its own name and each of the cars is unique except for two ‘twin sister’ cars, Rosa and Gina, but even they are different as they have different color eyes.

5.  In September of 2017, it was announced that Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters would receive a Halloween Themed Makeover called Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-o-ween complete with brand new spooky songs and halloween decorations.

Now it’s time to join Luigi for his race day celebration and ride Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters.  John B. deHaas is along for the ride today and it’s his first time on this attraction.  Stay tuned after the ride audio to hear our thoughts on this attraction and this is a binaural recording, so put your headphones on now.  This is Disney California Adventures’s Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters.

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Storybook Land Canal Boats – Disneyland – Attraction Checklist #033

October 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com –  This episode we experience an attraction that has been around from opening day at Disneyland, the Storybook Land Canal Boats.  Joining the fun, for his very first ride on this attraction, is John B. deHaas.  After we ride, we discuss our thoughts on this ride that has stood the test of time.  Recorded on June 21, 2016.  Photo by Jeff Peterson.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT:

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

Let’s take a trip to Disneyland’s Fantasyland and enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Storybook Land Canal Boats.  The Disneyland website describes this attraction by saying, “Cast off on a colorful canal boat for a “mini” tour of fairytale destinations seen in classic Disney animated movies.”  There are no height restrictions for this attraction and the thrill level describes the attraction as being a slow ride and a water ride.

Before we set sail, here are five fast facts about Disneyland’s Storybook Land Canal Boats.

1.  The Storybook Land Canal Boats is a Disneyland, opening day attraction.  Although when the attraction opened on July 17, 1955, it lacked the landscaping and miniature houses it is known for today.  After only two months of operation, the attraction was closed and when it reopened in June of 1956 the landscaping and miniature houses had been added.

2.  The lighthouse at the entrance to the queue line is the former ticket booth from when Disneyland guests needed tickets to ride the attractions.  In those days, the Storybook Land Canal boats were a D ticket attraction.

3.  The attraction’s fleet of electric inboard motor powered boats are each named after a Disney character including Alice, Belle, Merryweather and Wendy.

4.  As you will hear, guests on the attraction sail past miniature replicas of locations from Disney animated films including the houses of the Three little pigs, The Dwarves Cottage from Snow White and Cinderella’s Castle.  Over the years, miniature buildings from newer Disney animated films have been added to the attraction. in 1994, the Sultan’s Palace from Aladdin was added and in 2014, several buildings form the movie Frozen were added.

5.  The doors of many of the buildings guests see on this attraction actually open and close.  Not only does this add to the realism, it allows Disneyland employees to change and light bulbs that burn out inside the buildings.

Let us now set sail on our cruise of Storybook land.  Along for the ride is John B. deHaas who will be experiencing the attraction for the first time.  You’ll hear his thoughts on this Disneyland Classic as well as mine after the ride audio.  This is a binaural recording, so if you have headphones, put them on now as we experience Disneyland’s Storybook Land Canal Boats.

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Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! – Disney California Adventure – Attraction Checklist #032

September 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – It’s time to experience the Marvel Universe in the Disney Parks as we explore Disney California Adventure’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!  First we’ll learn a bit about the ride and then join Rocket Raccoon to help the Guardians of the Galaxy escape The Collector’s fortress. Recorded on June 27, 2017.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we head to Disney California Adventure to experience Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!  The guide map describes the attraction in the following manner: Join Rocket on a thrilling mission to rescue the Guardians of the Galaxy from The Collector’s fortress! Guests must be 40” or taller in order to ride this attraction and FastPasses are available.

Before we head out on our rescue mission, here are five fast facts about Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout!

1.  Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout! opened on May 27, 2017.  The attraction is a, somewhat controversial, rethemeing of the park’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror which opened on May 5, 2004 and closed January 3rd, 2017.  Mission Breakout uses the same ride system as the previous attraction but the queue area and storyline of the ride has been completely changed.

2.  Mission: Breakout is based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe film franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy and stars the original actors from the film.  Though the attraction is somewhat linked to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the story and events of the attraction exist in their own, separate, universe called the Marvel Theme Park Universe.

3.  Keeping with the original Tower of Terror, each ride on Mission: Breakout is unique thanks to computer randomization.  Also, as guests experience the attraction, they will hear one of six random songs played from character Peter Quill’s walkman.  The six song possibilities are “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament, “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf, “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar, “Free Ride” by the Edgar Winter Group and “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley.

4.  Throughout the queue area of the attraction there are several  Disney Easter Eggs hidden here and there.  These include: an invoice from X-S Tech the company behind the old Alien Encounter attraction, a tribute to Gonzo from The Muppets, and Dolores the octopus from the Country Bear Vacation Hoedown.  There are also those who say if you look at the Collector’s collection hard enough, you may just spot Figment from Walt Disney World’s EPCOT!

5.  In August 2017, it was announced that Mission: Breakout! would receive a halloween themed overlay after sunset during the halloween season at California Adventure.  The new overlay is called Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark.  The ride features a brand new song called Monsters After Dark written by Tyler Bates, who’s scored the Guardians of the Galaxy films.

Now let’s help Rocket Raccoon free the rest of the Guardians team!  The line was extra long this day so there will be some edits in the audio so you don’t have to wait in real time.  After the ride audio I’ll give you my thoughts on the attraction as you’ll be hearing my review moments after riding for the first time.  Also, this is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, put them on now as we ride Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!.

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Ellen’s Energy Adventure at the Universe of Energy – EPCOT – Attraction Checklist #31

September 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – In this episode we say goodbye to Ellen, Stupid Judy and Bill Nye the Science Guy as we ride Ellen’s Energy Adventure at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT. We learn a little about the attraction and then take one last ride on the final day of operation! John B. deHaas is along for the ride and after we discuss our thoughts on this attraction. Recorded on August 13, 2017.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we are going to say goodbye to a recently extinct attraction, Ellen’s Energy Adventure at the Universe of Energy Pavilion at EPCOT at Walt Disney World.  EPCOT’s guide map described the attraction in the following way: Take a multimedia romp through time and Ellen DeGeneres’ subconscious at Universe of Energy. There were no age or height requirements for this attraction.

Before we take one last ride, let’s zap through five fast facts about  on Ellen’s Energy Adventure.

1.  Ellen’s Energy Adventure was located in the Universe of Energy Pavilion in EPCOT’S Future World East.  The pavilion opened with the park on October 1, 1982.The original attraction operated until January 21, 1996 when it was closed to make way for the updated attraction, Ellen’s Energy Adventure which opened officially on September 15, 1996.  When the new version of the attraction opened, it included an audio animatronic of Ellen herself that was seen fighting off a dinosaur with a tree branch.  After November 2014, the audio animatronic stopped working and was removed never to be replaced.

2.  When the attraction opened originally it was announced that the pavilion’s roof was covered in 80,000 photovoltaic cells that partially powered the moving theatre seat ride vehicles in the attraction.  These traveling theatre cars followed guide wire in the floor instead of conventional tracks and each of the six ride vehicles could hold up to 80 people.

3.  The ride had a running time of a whopping 45 minutes from start to finish!  Hosts would often repeatedly remind guests that once they boarded the traveling theatre seats, there was no exiting the attraction until it was completed.

4.  The music for Ellen’s Energy Adventure was composed by Emmy Winner Bruce Broghton who has composed music for other EPCOT attractions such as Spaceship Earth, O’ Canada and Soarin’ Around the World.

5.  Ellen’s Energy Adventure had it’s final day of operation on August 13, 2017.  This is when the audio for this episode was recorded.  Luckily it wasn’t recorded on the final ride of the day because the attraction broke down on it’s final ride and guests had walk out of the ride on foot.

Now it’s time to take one last ride on Ellen’s Energy Adventure.  Along for this final journey is my friend John B. deHaas and after we ride we’ll discuss our thoughts on this, now extinct, attraction.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones put them on now as we experience EPCOT’S Ellen’s Energy Adventure.

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The Seas with Nemo & Friends – EPCOT – Attraction Checklist #30

August 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – This episode we dive into The Seas with Nemo & Friends at EPCOT.  We learn a little about the pavilion and it’s main attraction and then take a ride for ourselves! John B. deHaas is along for the ride and after we discuss our thoughts on this attraction. Recorded on October 27, 2016.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT:

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

It’s time to put on our diving gear and head back to Future World in EPCOT to experience The Seas With Nemo & Friends.  The Guidemap describe this attraction by saying, “Ride alongside characters from Disney Pixar’s ‘Finding Nemo,’ then surround yourself with thousands of real sea creatures at the Undersea Observation Deck at SeaBase.  There are no age or height requirements for this attraction and FastPass+ is available.  It should be noted that though we will just bee hearing the ride audio in this episode, The Seas with Nemo & Friends is the name of the entire pavilion, including all the aquarium exhibits.  

We will touch on this as we explore five fast facts about The Seas with Nemo & Friends!

1. The Pavilion that houses The Seas with Nemo & Friends was originally called The Living Seas and opened on January 15, 1986,  Beginning in December of 2003, the pavilion was slowly re-themed based on the film Finding Nemo.  This changeover was officially completed when the entire pavilion was rededicated on January 24, 2007.

2.  Though it is no longer the case, at the time it was built, the aquarium portion of the pavilion had the largest saltwater tank in the world holding 5.7 million US gallons of water.  Though it is no longer the largest in the world, the tank is so big, the entirety of Spaceship Earth could fit inside of it!

3.  The ride portion of the pavilion, where guests follow along while Marlin and Dory search for Nemo, roughly follows the same track as the pavilion’s previous ride, The Seacabs.  The Seacab track was lengthened by 280 feet for the new Nemo attraction and the Seacabs were replaces by Clammobiles.

4. One of the most impressive ride effects is the finale where it appears as if the characters from Finding Nemo are actually swimming inside the pavilion’s giant aquarium.  This effect is possible thanks to a brand new projection technique that was developed exclusively for this attraction.

5.  The ride ends with the cast singing the song ‘Big Blue World.’  This tune was adapted from the Finding Nemo Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Now it’s time to experience the ride portion of The Seas with Nemo & friends.  Along for the ride is John B. deHaas and after the ride audio we’ll discuss our thoughts on this attraction.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, put them on now as we experience The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot in Walt Disney World!

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