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Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland Park to Close for Refurbishment January 6

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

UPDATE 2/26/14: Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is currently scheduled to reopen in fall 2014.

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

On January 6, 2014, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage will close for an extended refurbishment, to reopen in late 2014. During this time, the 5 million gallons of water in the lagoon will be drained, allowing our teams to perform the refurbishment. The 5 million gallons of water from the lagoon will be treated by the Orange County Sanitation District before going into the local groundwater aquifer.

Draining and refilling a body of water this size is quite an undertaking. It took approximately 50 hours to fill the lagoon in January 2007, at a rate of approximately 12,000 gallons per hour.

When the attraction reopens in late 2014, guests will notice the colorful, more vibrant underwater rockwork and coral. When the attraction was being prepared for its 2007 opening, the rockwork and coral were “painted” with recycled glass, a new technique developed by Imagineers to enhance the undersea environment. More than 30 tons of recycled glass were used in the creation of the lagoon. Imagineers also created more than 40 unique colors for the lagoon area including, Yamber (a cross between yam and amber), Mango Mud, Aqua Jazz, Swamp (dark green and amber), Burning Coal, Phantom and Peritwinkle.


  • Hi Erin,

    Is Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage still scheduled to reopen in the fall, or has the reopening been delayed?


  • “Elizabeth on December 16th, 2013 at 9:45 pm
    people mover has been gone for like forEVAH”

    The peoplemover RIDE has been gone, however the TRACK is still present. 🙂

  • Is this the same process that was used for Paradise Bay to refill after World of Color?

  • “phillip on December 13th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Will the peoplemover be taken down while Finding Nemo submarines are under a refurbishment?”

    people mover has been gone for like forEVAH

  • …To add to my previous post (#10), the ride also includes animatronic scuba divers!

  • #6 – Mary Ann from GA

    After it’s treated, it is going into the local groundwater aquifer.

  • Oh no!! Where’s Nemo??

  • So it’s going to look all shiny and new when I see it again in ’15!

  • Some of the most interesting pictures of the former 20000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction at the MK are of the refurbishments over the years. Will the Disney Parks Blog post some pictures as the work progresses?

  • Happy and relieved to hear that rumors of the ride closing forever are not true.
    Thank you for posting this and setting the record straight.

  • Will Star Speeders be added to the lagoon during the refurbishment?

  • I loved reading about the recycled glass technique developed by Imagineers. Is their any place I can get more information about it?

  • …I hope that the submarines themselves will also be getting repainted. They have been looking a little dingy lately.

  • Hmm, really seems unusual that they would go to all the time an expense this soon after 2007. Don’t remember them ever doing that with the subs in the past. Are they going to add any “Finding Dory” elements? Just keep swimming… swimming.. swimming.

  • Alyxandria– There are animatronics and physical figures in the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Like the animatronic sea turtles right before the sub enters the EAC. As well as animatronic lobsters and eels right before the sub passes by Mr. Ray.

    Thank you for the update Erin, it’s good to know that the ride will be getting some attention.

  • Sooooo, is it still going to be Nemo the movie underwater or are we going to finally get some animatronic action in there to make it as magical as the original submarine ride was?

  • Sad. We were going in October 2014 for our first trip there ever. This was to help recapture my fond memories of the 20,000 Leagues ride from WDW that I loved so much as a kid. I hope it is open by then.

  • Will the peoplemover be taken down while Finding Nemo submarines are under a refurbishment?

  • Did the glass not hold up as well as they thought or was this refurbishment anticipated? Also are they draining the water to some sort of holding tank and will they reuse it to refill the attraction?

  • Will the ride’s M.O.O. be closed as well during this time?

  • Can anyone suggest to DL that they stop closing rides until after the Tinker Bell!

  • Hope thunder mountain will be open before another ride starts getting refurbished…

  • I wonder if this will also allow for hopeful new elements in Tomorrowland…

    • Robert – Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage will reopen in late 2014 as the same attraction we know and love today.

  • Oh, that is a bummer. I’ve been getting my fiancée so excited to see this attraction for the first time. I’m taking her for her birthday, on Feb 1. Great attraction, can’t wait to see what WDI does to make it better (the next time we come, lol).

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