Posts Tagged ‘The Living Seas’

The Seas Pavilion Beyond Nemo: The Reason for the Seas(on)

by on December 14, 2016

My guess is that a number of visitors to The Seas With Nemo & Friends Pavilion in Epcot bypass its primary reason for existence. They board the clamshells, sing along with the characters from “Finding Nemo” and catch a viewing of Turtle Talk With Crush. Maybe they let the kids romp around in Bruce’s Sub House. Then, they zip through the gift shop and back outside into Future World.

Copyright 2010 Claire Nat

Exterior of The Seas with Nemo & Friends

But those who rush through the pavilion are missing, to borrow a phrase from the song, “the big, blue world.”

When The Living Seas Pavilion first opened at Epcot in 1986, it boasted the world’s largest aquarium. At 5.7 million gallons and a diameter of more than 200 feet, it’s wider than Spaceship Earth. More than 6,000 creatures, representing 200 species swim their way around the pavilion tanks.

Before the re-imagination of the pavilion in 2006 to include the “Finding Nemo” characters, the aquarium was the focus of the pavilion’s story. Visitors to The Living Seas Pavilion would view a movie, then board a “Hydrolator.” That experience would simulate a journey down to the depths, where guest would board Sea Cabs. This Omnimover ride, while less themed than the current version, kept the focus on views of the coral reef in Sea Base Alpha. Today’s Nemo ride only features the aquarium in the final scenes of the attraction. When you’re riding through the “EAC,” you’re actually within the main aquarium but you can’t see it.

So this post is an attempt to bring you back to the original story of The Living Seas to find a new appreciation for the pavilion and the creatures that reside there. Our son is just nuts about marine life, so we tend to spend quite a bit of time wandering through the pavilion. On a hot summer day, it’s a cool, relaxing escape that’s typically not too crowded.

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SATURDAY SIX: The Six Best Kept Secrets at EPCOT

by on August 20, 2016

This week’s SATURDAY SIX looks at the Six Best Kept Secrets at EPCOT. Yes, we love the awesome rides, the incredible resorts, and the mouth watering restaurants at WDW, but the more trips we take, the more we appreciate all the little details throughout The World. While most guests know of Hidden Mickeys, there are many other “Easter eggs” to discover, with many of these secrets being hidden in plain sight. We’ve previously looked at some great details at the Magic Kingdom (including references to Mr. Toad and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), and today we are going to look at some of our favorite “secrets” at EPCOT. So sit back, pour a out a 40 for Horizons, and let’s begin our countdown starting with…

# 6 – The Hollywood Tower of Terror at DHS Blends in with the Morocco Pavilion in World Showcase

The Hollywood Tower of Terror is one of the greatest rides in Walt Disney World – in fact it took first place in our very own Best WDW Attractions Poll – but one of its most amazing features is that the ride not only fits thematically into Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it fits into EPCOT. The attraction is so tall that – from certain angles – it is one of the few things that you can see from inside a WDW park, but the Tower’s facade was ingeniously designed so that it would fit into the theming of the Morocco Pavilion in World Showcase.


If Guardians of the Galaxy replaces the Tower of Terror in DHS, Morocco may have to be rethemed to the Knowhere Pavilion.  (photo by Brian Carey)

# 5 – Future World Lights Up At Night

This is one that kids will probably notice well before adults, but at night some of the pavement in Future World takes on new life thanks to a fiber optic lighting package. In an area in-between Spaceship Earth and Innoventions Plaza, some of the pavement tiles have tiny lights that sparkle, making for a magical appearance. Meanwhile, over by Innoventions West, there are larger sections of pavement completely lit up with designs that “move” and change colors. Don’t feel bad if you’ve been to EPCOT 1,000 times and never noticed any of these lights, as most guests don’t even come near this area on their dash out of the park. As always, one of our best tips when it comes to touring the WDW parks is to slow down, and give yourself time to take it all in.


Future World, who may want to consider suing Pandora: The World of Avatar for gimmick infringment. (photo by Brandon Glover)


Stacey, enjoying another magical night at EPCOT. (photo by Ryan Pastorino. Instagram @disphotomagic)

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Menu Monday: Lunch at Coral Reef Restaurant

by on December 29, 2014

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Reception area

While planning my visit for this past September, I was browsing through different dining options and saw Coral Reef Restaurant. After reading a few reviews and chatting with people who had dined there, I was on the hunt for an Advance Dining Reservation (ADR). Because of my husbands work schedule at the time, I had to mentally plan our trip long before I could make reservations. Once work approved his vacation time, I set to work on the details….did I mention this was a month before the trip? (Let me know if you’d like an article on how to plan a WDW trip last minute. I’m an expert!) The stars must have been aligned that day because I not only got an ADR on the day I wanted, but I made a reservation for TEN guests!

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Epcot DiveQuest and Epcot Seas Aqua Tour Review

by on September 28, 2014

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.