June 11, 2007 – The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Attraction Opens
“Immerse yourself in the world of Disney-Pixar’s Finding Nemo on this fascinating submarine voyage!”
On June 11, 2007, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage attraction opened at Tomorrowland in Disneyland. It is a redesign of the Submarine Voyage attraction, which closed in 1998. Guests board the Nautical Exploration and Marine Observation Institute’s research submarine (known as N.E.M.O.), and are able to look out portholes to see a newly erupting volcano and a stunning underwater environment. One of the first views that will delight fans of the movie Finding Nemo is the dentist’s niece Darla swimming around in the coral, holding a baggie containing a fish.
In 1998, after the original Submarine Voyage was closed, it was reported by Paul Pressler, Disneyland’s president at the time, that the ride would be redone with a new theme by 2003. After the box-office failure of Atlantis: The Lost Empire, plans to use that film as the theme were shelved. The success of the Pixar film allowed the attraction to be rebuilt with the Finding Nemo theme.
There’s something for guests above and below the water. Under, guests can put on “sonar headphones,” giving them the ability to hear the fish chatter among themselves, especially as the guests follow Marlin on his search to find Nemo. Onshore, the seagulls from the movie perch on a nearby buoy, shouting their familiar call of “Mine! Mine! Mine!” Guests can also watch the voyage on the “SubCam,” manned by a member of the N.E.M.O. Institute.