Posts Tagged ‘The Living Seas’

Epcot DiveQuest and Epcot Seas Aqua Tour Review

by on September 28, 2014

Photo Credit - Disney

Photo Credit – Disney

My husband’s aunt and uncle are huge Disney fans. Not only have they made countless trips to the Disney parks, they have been on several in-park tours as well. While chatting with Uncle Keith, he told me all about his experiences with both the Epcot DiveQuest and Epcot Seas Aqua Tour, and I thought I would share his adventures with all of you. If you’d like to read a review of the Dolphins in Depth tour, click here.

Let’s dive right in!

DiveQuest is a three hour experience giving you the opportunity to scuba dive in a 5.7 million gallon tank with over 6,000 sea creatures. In order to take part in this experience, you must be 10 years or older and be SCUBA-certified. (If there are actually any scuba-certified 10-year-olds out there, I applaud you.) To make reservations, call 407-939-8687. The cost is $175.

Keith was told to show up at the main entrance of Epcot about 15 minutes beforehand. The only things he was asked to bring were his swimsuit and scuba-certification card. After arriving at the Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion, he was brought backstage to a classroom. Here, Cast Members summarized the entire program, told everyone what was going to happen, and noted how long everything would take.

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Favorite Park Series: Disney’s Epcot

by on August 3, 2014

Hello again! Welcome to Epcot. If you haven’t read my highlights on Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, please do so now.

Epcot scenery

Take in the beautiful scenery.

*Twiddles thumbs. Checks Twitter. Reads a blog post.*

Done? Okay, let’s ‘soar’ right in!

Memorable Moments

Pick your mode of transportation! Soarin’ is a popular ride that allows you to hang-glide over California, feeling the wind in your face whilst smelling the fragrance of zesty orange trees. (Fun Fact: The first model for Soarin’ was made out of an erector set!) Once you land on solid ground, hop in a Chevy at Test Track. Strap yourself in and brace yourself for the ride of your life! Put on your space suit, join the NASA team and shoot for the stars as you travel to Mars in your rocket via Mission: Space. To ease back into Earth’s gravity, swim underwater to the ‘clamobile’ where The Seas with Nemo & Friends take you “under the sea.” Finally, use those feet and travel indoors to Innoventions where you’ll find interactive and educational games the whole family will enjoy.

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Turtle Talk Reopens

by on February 25, 2007

Turtle Talk with Crush at Epcot has reopened to guests. The attraction’s waiting area now occupies what was once a aquarium exhibit space, and a small section of rear wall has been removed to allow access to a large theater which seats several more people then before.

Above the waiting area is an opening to the second floor and this beautiful lighting effect which is visible from both the waiting area and that newly opened second floor exhibit.

Both levels now feature new interactive computer kiosks to pass the time between shows.

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Turtles Talk is in Transit

by on January 29, 2007

A reminder, Turtle Talk with Crush at the Seas pavilion in Epcot has closed to trasition to a higher capacity theater in the pavilion and to the move the queue into a better location. The attraction is expected to reopen Febuary 17th.

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Columnist Julie Saunders reviews The Seas with Nemo and Friends

by on November 30, 2006

You know her…you love her. Julie Saunders is back with a review of the new Nemo ride at The Seas in Epcot. Read Julie’s review here. For more of a good thing, Julie’s other columns can be found here.

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Epcot plans updated to include holiday offerings, Nemo review

by on November 26, 2006

We’ve updated the short and detailed versions of the Epcot plans to include a review of the new Nemo ride at The Seas with Nemo and Friends. Holiday plans for adults and parents now include Wonders of Life attractions, too. Here’s a link to the Epcot touring plans page.

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The Seas with Nemo and Friends on Map and Tipboard

by on October 26, 2006

The new ride at Epcot, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, has made its way onto the park map at Epcot. It is now on the cover replacing Soarin’ as the featured attraction suggesting the lines will soon swell.

Typically, the lines only reach about 40mins though during peak parts of the day and move constantly as the omnimover ride system is very effective. Otherwise, the ride averages about 20 minutes or a walk-on for most parts of the day.

An important note: You can no longer enter the pavilion via the exit to see Turtle Talk or the aquarium exhibits. You do not have to ride the ride to enter, but you must enter through the queue. Shortly after the first portion of the queue, there is a CM stationed at a bypass hallway which will direct you to the pavilion instead of the remainder of the queue and the ride.

Typically there is little to no wait in this portion of the queue (meaning 90% of the time you’ll be able to walk right through with no wait to the pavilion), so it works as a crowd control measure once the ride and pavilion begins to become busy.

A good time to visit the new ride is in the evening as the crowds in Future World have begun to die down signifigantly, but the new ride stays open until the park closes. Here, the Epcot tipboard accurately shows a 60min wait for Soarin’ and a 5min walk-on wait for Nemo shortly after 7pm.

The new ride also operates during evening extra magic hours for Disney resort guests, but does not open for the morning extra magic hours.

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Seas with Nemo and Friends Soft-opens Oct 16th

by on October 15, 2006

The Seas with Nemo and Friends, the new Nemo ride at Epcot, has begun soft-opening operation with normal day guests as of Monday, October 16th. This means that whenever possible, the attraction will admit regular guests and be operating as usual. However, the attraction is still new and will subject to downtimes/breakdowns as they work the final problems out.

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Seas with Nemo and Friends admits first Guests

by on October 8, 2006

Monday October 9th, 2006, around lunchtime, a few guests report having being let into the Seas with Nemo and Friends to ride the attraction. The opening was reportedly very breif with the CMs outside denying the event both before and after the occurance in very vague terms. The refurbishment walls have come down and the crashing wave-effect fountain has been turned on.

Again, these previews are not official and should be considered a privilage in any form. If you are allowed entrance into the attraction on any day its not officially open consider yourself very luckey – and please be nice to the Cast Members outside. Its their job to stand outside and tell you its closed all day, even if it will open in 5 minutes. The have no control over the situation.

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Nemo Ride may open early

by on October 6, 2006

We’ve gotten word that over this weekend (Oct 7-8, 2006) the refurbishment walls at the Living Seas (now becoming the Seas with Nemo and Friends) are scheduled to be removed in anticipation of the preview openings for annual passholders and DVC members later in the week as well as Disney Cast Member (employee) previews starting on Wednesday.

The short version of the long story is that they need to operate the pavilion as though it were fully open and staffed for Monday and Tuesday. That means if and when conditions allow there’s a slight chance the ride may open to regular day guests. So, if you’re in Epcot, feel free to swing on by and check it out, but please don’t expect it to be open.

In less vague news, the pavilion is officially expected to be fully operational and accepting regular guests by October 31st at the latest. More than likely it will reopen after a breif period of downtime for minor adjustments after the previews (to work out the kinks they discover – if any) and then go into an official “soft opening” period until it holds a grand opening celebration.

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