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The Seas with Nemo and Friends
The Seas with Nemo and Friends is located in the Living Seas Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World. This is a great little ride for children, especially for those who do not like queuing, as the lines are constantly moving and the wait time is never very long. As you approach the entrance you will see a very colourful sculpture featuring Nemo and his friends. This is a popular place to have your photograph taken. Just before the entrance, look out for the seagulls sitting on the rocks. If they are silent, wait for a minute or two and you will hear them chanting “Mine, Mine, Mine”. Remember that from the film?
Entering the building, you will find yourself at the seaside, followed by an underwater theme. The Disney Imagineers have used special lighting to make it feel as though you are actually beneath the sea. You will even see the underside of a fishing boat, but remember to look up as we missed it the very first time we went on the ride.
The boarding area is next, where guests hop into their “Clam-Mobiles” and enter a brilliantly coloured reef setting. A series of scenes follow where animated characters from the film swim alongside the vehicles. The first scene is when Mr Ray and the children are on a field trip and they discover that Nemo is missing.
Your journey continues as you endeavour to locate Nemo whilst meeting characters from the film, which include Nemo’s father Marlin, the ever-forgetful but delightful Dory (Ellen DeGeneres was used for the voice over), Bruce the shark, Crush the turtle and his son Squirt. At one point guests find themselves enveloped by over-sized jellyfish, which bob up and down as you pass by.
One exceptionally captivating scene is where you find yourselves in the EAC (East Australian current). You might be a little disoriented during this section of the ride, but it does not last very long and the idea is to make you feel as though you have been swept away by the current along with Nemo, Crush the surfer-dude and Squirt.
The very clever Disney Imagineers have developed a way by which they can project animation onto the Living Seas 5. 7 million-gallon salt-water aquarium (one of the largest in the world). In the final scene Nemo and his friends actually look as though they are swimming in the tank with the real fish.
Finally, all ends well and Nemo is re-united with his father and friends. Together they sing “In the Big Blue World” which is a catchy little number taken from “Finding Nemo – The Musical” showing at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Don’t expect any thrills from this ride, for this you will need to ride Mission Space or Test Track, but young children will love it and adults will definitely appreciate the amazing technology.
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