The Seas with Nemo and Friends

  • There are more than 8,500 inhabitants in the Living Seas, consisting of over 100 different species of marine life. In order to keep all its residents comfortable, the temperature of the tank is closely monitored to remain between 74 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. The tank, which is 203 feet in diameter, is 27 feet deep and contains a man-made coral reef, similar to one that would be found in the Caribbean . The windows, which are made of a special acrylic that does not distort or magnify objects in the aquarium, is anywhere from 6 to 8 inches thick. Each of the 8 foot by 24-foot panels weighs about 9,000 pounds each.
  • If you look closely while walking through the pavilion, you will notice that many of the interior pipes in Sea Base Alpha have names and numbers written on them. These names and office telephone extension numbers were placed there by the Imagineers that worked on the pavilion.
  • Although The Living Seas pavilion was not added to Epcot until 1986, it has not been closed for any extended period of time, although the 3-minute long "sea cabs" ride portion of the attraction is no longer in operation. Even though the pavilion lost its original corporate sponsor and remains without one to this day, the rest of the pavilion remains largely unchanged.
  • Although the corporate sponsorship ended sometime in January of 1998, the company’s logo remained on the entrance’s rocky coastline until it was deleted in 1999. Any remaining references to the former sponsor were removed soon thereafter.
  • The pre-show changed only slightly in the Spring of 1999, when guests were now able to bypass the pre-show movie and proceed directly to the "hydrolators," which take you down to the depths of the ocean floor where you can visit the research facilities.
  • Oh, and not that you would notice (unless you were a "big-wig" at United Technologies), the 11,000 square foot VIP lounge on the second floor of the pavilion also closed in December, 1991. The impressive facility is still there, and includes a full working kitchen, meeting areas, a dining room looking into the aquarium, and more. It is still used for special occasions, and can even be rented out for wedding receptions!
  • One inch of water off the top of the Living Seas tank can fill a regular-sized swimming pool – That’s about 20,000 gallons! The entire Living Seas tank holds a total of about 5,700,000 gallons of water!
  • The original plans for The Living Seas included a huge bubble-like dome for guests to walk or ride through, under a 5 million gallon water tank.
  • The windows in the Coral Reef restaurant in the Living Seas are 18 ft. high, 8 inches thick, and are made of acrylic.
  • The "coral" in the Living Seas tank is actually man made. If it were real, it would have taken over 100 years to grow to that size.
  • The Plexiglas on the viewing areas of the Living Seas tanks in Epcot are 4" thick and held into place primarily through water pressure. When the tank was drained for cleaning and refurbishment, the Plexiglas had to be held in place using support beams so they wouldn’t fall in.
  • If you emptied the water from the Living Seas tank in Future World into one gallon jugs and laid them side by side, they would stretch from Walt Disney World to New Orleans, Louisiana, Raleigh, North Carolina or Knoxville, Tennessee! That’s about 540 miles!
  • Epcot’s The Living Seas uses what is known as a "reverse-flow filtration system" which forces impurities in the water to the top. These impurities flow out with skimmed water, are then filtered, and then the clean water returns to the tank through the floor.
  • All food for the marine life is in the Living Seas is manufactured, and includes ingredients such as dry dog food, complex amino acid solutions, and vitamins.
  • Consultants and advisers on the pavilion
    • Dr. Robert Ballard, Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    • Dr. Sylvia Earle, Vice President, Ocean Engineering, Inc.
    • Mr. Gilbert Grosvenor, President, National Geographic Society
    • Dr. Murray Newman, Director, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
    • Professor William Nierenberg, Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    • Dr. David Potter, Vice President, Public Affairs, General Motors Corporation
    • Dr. John Ryther, Director, Division of Applied Biology, Harbor Branch Foundation, Inc.
    • Mr. Robert Wildman, Deputy Director, NOAA, Office of Sea Grants Program
  • "The Seas with Nemo & Friends" attraction picks up where the motion picture "Finding Nemo" left off. The attraction features technology that magically enables the stars of the motion picture to swim amid the marine life in the pavilion’s 5.7-million-gallon saltwater environment.
  • "The Seas with Nemo & Friends" opened as part of "The Year of a Million Dreams," a first-of-it’s-kind celebration at Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts.
  • " ‘Finding Nemo’ is such a compelling movie with endearing characters and a great story line, and it translates so well in this new attraction," said Kathy Mangum, vice president and executive producer with Walt Disney Imagineering.
  • The underwater adventure begins when guests approach the pavilion and see a striking new façade that features colorful appliqués of fish and sea creatures. Three Audio-Animatronics seagulls are perched on the rocks outside the pavilion, occasionally squawking "Mine, Mine, Mine," just like in the film.
  • Inside the pavilion guests enter a queue area styled to look like a beach — complete with sand dunes, sea oats and the sound of cawing gulls and crashing waves. As guests dive deeper into the experience, they find themselves under the sea, looking up at the water’s surface and the hull of a boat.
  • The immersion is complete as guests board "clamobiles" for an undersea voyage in a colorful world of coral and amazing animation (the attraction is fully accessible).
  • The vivid coral in the first three of nine attraction scenes was created by Walt Disney Imagineers in three dimensions to meticulously recreate the beautiful undersea world that was designed by Pixar for the "Finding Nemo" animated film.
  • Guests first meet Mr. Ray and his class on a field trip and soon learn that Nemo has wandered off. The journey in search of Nemo includes familiar characters such as Dory, Marlin, Bruce, Squirt and Crush. These deep-sea friends inhabit a variety of vibrant vignettes, including a garden of jellyfish, a bubble-filled underwater playground, the menacing domain of Bruce the shark and the totally cool East Australian current where Crush and Squirt — father and son surfing-turtle dudes — chill out. And guests should keep their eye on the threatening and agile anglerfish that chases Marlin.
  • In the musical finale of the attraction, Nemo is happily reunited with his friends to the tune of a new song, "In the Big Blue World." Amazingly, the animated characters appear to be swimming among the real sea life in the actual aquarium containing more than 65 species of marine life. This final scene is an example of combining the creativity of Walt Disney Imagineering with new technology and collaboration with Disney-Pixar to create the visually stunning, animation projection effect.
  • At the conclusion of the five-minute experience, guests exit into The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion which has been newly renamed and re-launched.
  • Other innovative and engaging areas of the revamped pavilion include:
    • "Turtle Talk With Crush" featuring the laid-back sea turtle from the "Finding Nemo" movie, who laughs and interacts with guests in live, unscripted conversations. From his digital world under the sea, Crush chats, plays and jokes with guests in a personalized way. The 152-year-old turtle recognizes guests and asks them questions about themselves and the human world in the first-of-its-kind real-time animated show.
    • Bruce’s Shark World, which features another familiar character from the film, is an interactive area with colorful graphics, fun facts about sharks and fun photo opportunities. A particularly precarious-looking photo can be snapped while smiling guests stand inside the toothy mouth of the menacing Bruce the shark.
    • Live marine life inhabits both the 5.7 million gallon aquarium — one of the world’s largest — and various specialized exhibits. In all, more than 2,000 fish, sharks, rays and dolphins call the pavilion home.
    • Certified divers can experience Epcot DiveQuest, a program featuring explorations inside the pavilion’s saltwater environment. For snorkelers, the Seas Aqua Tour provides an immersive plunge into the aquarium. To learn more about dolphins and research at the pavilion, guests can join Disney’s Dolphins in Depth program

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