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The Seas with Nemo & Friends (previously The Living Seas) is a pavilion in Future World at Epcot in Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The attraction is based on underwater exploration and the 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo, with several exhibits devoted to that theme. The pavilion opened in 1986, but had been a planned part of the park since its opening in 1982.

The Living Seas was sponsored by United Technologies until 2001.

History

The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion opened to the public in 1986 as The Living Seas. It was the largest man-made underwater environment in the world at its completion (since surpassed by the Georgia Aquarium). The concept of the building was to take visitors under the ocean to 'Sea Base Alpha'. Visitors would watch a short movie then take a simulated elevator ride to the ocean floor via a 'Hydrolator.' Guests then would ride the Caribbean Coral Reef Ride in a "seacab" along an underwater tunnel through the aquarium. From there guests would ride around 'Sea Base Alpha' getting an up-close view of the marine life. They would then disembark into the main exhibit area where they could interact with various multimedia displays.

In 2003, the process of bringing in elements of the Pixar film Finding Nemo began. This includes the now popular Turtle Talk with Crush show where the sea turtle Crush talks to the audience about marine life by usage of an innovative live CGI system. In 2005, The Living Seas closed for its extensive Finding Nemo lay over, which included removing the hydrolators and changing the Seacabs ride. The pavilion reopened in October 2006 with a new name, The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion as part of Disney's Year of a Million Dreams celebration.

A loosely related attraction, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage has also been built at Disneyland which is located in the same area as the original Submarine Voyage, which closed on September 9 1998. This attraction opened on June 11th 2007.

Premise

  • Board a “clamobile” and descend below the waves into a “Big Blue World” where Nemo and his friends flit through brightly colored coral reefs and gently swaying sea anemones. Swim with Mr. Ray and his school and see ultra-cool, ultraviolet “jellies.”
  • Dodge underwater mines, a toothy angler fish and an even toothier Bruce the shark as he lurks in the rusted hull of a sunken ship. Then catch a ride on the righteous East Australian Current with sea turtle Crush and his little dude Squirt, and watch it barrel over you.
  • Your underwater adventure climaxes when the Finding Nemo characters join real, live sea creatures in the massive 5.7-million-gallon saltwater aquarium they call home.
  • Afterward, mingle with even more marine life at The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion at your leisure. Walk all the way around the aquarium and see some of the real-life counterparts of the characters from the film.

The Attraction

The Living Seas with Nemo and Friends

The entrance to The Seas with Nemo & Friends

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Entrance to the Building

Guests board their own 'Clamobiles' and venture into the sea to join Marlin, Dory, and the other memorable characters as they search for Nemo who has become lost again. They first journey through a coral reef where they find Marlin the clownfish searching for Nemo. Farther along the reef they come across Mr. Ray and his students setting out to explore and look for Nemo. Dory soon joins Marlin in the search and they come upon a group of jellyfish. Suddenly out of the darkness comes an anglerfish that begins to chase them frantically. Guests dive deeper and come upon the wreck of a massive submarine that sits in the center of a deadly minefield. Peeking out from the wreck is Bruce the Great White Shark, and Chum the Mako shark trying to coax Nemo out from his hiding spot. Unfortunately Anchor the Hammerhead is not part of the ride. They assure him that fish are friends not food in their sneaky voices. Guests' clamobiles are then swept up into the EAC with Nemo, Crush, and Squirt. The current empties out the guests into a massive aquarium where Nemo is reunited once again with his friends. As they sing a closing song, "In The Big Blue World" (although the ride opened first, the song was adapted from the Disney's Animal Kingdom show Finding Nemo - The Musical), these Pixar characters swim in the real aquarium along with real fish by use of special effect glass. The clamobiles then return to the surface.

Pavilion attractions and services

Living seas entrance sign

The Entrance to The Living Seas before its refurbishment

Epcot The Living Seas Logo

The Living Seas logo now shown on the door to the Conference Center

  • Coral Reef Restaurant - a table service dining establishment whose primary draw is the fact that one of its walls is the aquarium's glass back. Mickey can occasionally be seen scuba diving in the aquarium.
  • The Seas With Nemo & Friends - a ride aboard 'clamobiles' that follows the adventures of Nemo and his friends, with the characters from the movie actually interacting inside the aquarium (opened October 2006)
  • Sea Base - the main viewing area for the aquarium
  • Turtle Talk with Crush - an interactive show wherein the sea turtle from Finding Nemo answers children's questions about the sea.
  • Gift Shop
  • Lockout Chamber - The Lockout Chamber consists of a scuba diver who dives in a circular tube to teach people about fish and scuba.

VIP room

This pavilion has a backstage VIP room that is used for private events, such as weddings and conventions. The room is a long, curved room, with wood paneled walls. One side has floor-to-ceiling windows into the aquarium. The room also has an acrylic glass see-through piano.

Consultants and advisers

Kingdom Keepers

The VIP room was featured in the third Kingdom Keepers book, Disney In Shadow. Here, the keepers used it as a temporary HeadQuarters for their missions at Epcot.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Characters from Finding Nemo's sequel, Finding Dory are now on the ride.
  • The Seas aquarium is the second-largest saltwater tank in the world, holding 5.7 million gallons of water.

See also



v - e - d
Epcot
Future World
Spaceship EarthUniverse of Energy PavilionEllen's Energy AdventureMission: SPACETest TrackInnoventionsThe Seas with Nemo & FriendsTurtle Talk with CrushThe LandSoarin'Living with the LandCircle of Life: An Environmental FableJourney into Imagination with FigmentImageWorks: The What-If Labs
World Showcase
Agent P's World Showcase AdventureMexico PavilionGran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three CaballerosNorway PavilionChina PavilionReflections of ChinaGermany PavilionItaly PavilionThe American AdventureJapan PavilionMorocco PavilionFrance PavilionInternational GatewayUnited Kingdom PavilionCanada PavilionO Canada!IllumiNations: Reflections of EarthFrozen Ever After
Resorts
Disney's Yacht Club ResortDisney's Beach Club Resort & VillasDisney's BoardWalk InnDisney's BoardWalk VillasDisney's Caribbean Beach Resort
Former Attractions
Kim Possible World Showcase AdventureHoney, I Shrunk the AudienceHorizonsWorld of MotionWonders of LifeBody WarsCranium CommandJourney Into Your ImaginationUniverse of EnergyUpstairs Image WorksCommuniCoreIllumiNations 25SymbiosisIllumiNationsGoofy About HealthMagic JourneysJourney Into ImaginationTapestry of NationsKitchen KabaretThe Making of MeWonders of ChinaMaelstromEl Rio del TiempoFood RocksCaptain EO


v - e - d
Finding Nemo - Logo
Media
Finding Nemo/Soundtrack/Video GameFinding Dory/Soundtrack/Just Keep SwimmingDisney INFINITY: 3.0 EditionLittle Golden BookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingBig Golden BookThe Art of Finding Nemo
Disney Parks
Disney's Art of Animation ResortDisney's Explorers LodgeCrush's CoasterDisney Animation BuildingFinding Nemo Submarine VoyageIt's a Small WorldNemo & Friends SeaRiderThe Seas with Nemo & FriendsTurtle Talk with Crush

Entertainment: Fantasmic!Finding Nemo: The Musical
Parade: Disney Stars on ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeMickey's Storybook ExpressMickey's WaterWorksPixar Play ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Firework: Disneyland ForeverIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightTree of Life AwakensWorld of Color

Characters
Finding Nemo: NemoMarlinCoralDoryPearlTadSheldonKathyMr. RayBruceAnchorChumGillPeachBloatBubblesDebGurgleJacquesNigelCrushSquirtGeraldAustralian Prime MinisterPhilipDarlaBarracudaBlennyAnglerfishSeagullsMoonfishJellyfishWhaleKrillCrabs

Finding Dory: JennyCharlieBaileyDestinyHankFluke and RudderGeraldBeckyOttersGiant Squid

Locations
AustraliaGreat Barrier ReefSydney HarbourMarine Life Institute
Objects
AquaScum 2003Pixar BallPizza Planet truck
Songs
Beyond the SeaUnforgettableWhat a Wonderful WorldIn The Big Blue WorldGo With the Flow
See Also
The Science Behind PixarPixar in a Box