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All in the Details: Imagineers Include a Second Nod to ‘20,000 Leagues’ in New Fantasyland

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

This week’s “All in the Details” focuses on a piece of Disney history that has been included in the design of Prince Eric’s Village, the tiny fishing village that sits opposite Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid in New Fantasyland.

Remember when we shared the news that Walt Disney Imagineering included a nod to the former 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction in the queue at Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid? (If not, see it here). Well, it turns out that an outline of a Nautilus wasn’t the only 20,000 Leagues reference the Imagineers had planned for New Fantasyland.
Imagineers Include a Second Nod to ‘20,000 Leagues’ in New Fantasyland

To spot a second one, head to Prince Eric’s Village and look for a familiar figure in the cartographer shop’s weather vane.

Is this one of the coolest nods to Disney history you’ve seen hidden in a park attraction? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.


  • Late to the party, but I really love the Dean Finder door in the queue for Journey Into Imagination with Figment.

  • I love when they do this, it’s so great.

    • Me, too.

  • My favorite is the Eeyore parking lot sign up above the projector in the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. 2nd would be the mounted heads from the Jamboree inside Winnie the Pooh.

  • How about the names too? “20,000 Leagues UNDER THE SEA” and “UNDER THE SEA ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid.”

    • 🙂

  • My favorite is the Horizons logo in the center of the spinning space station in the queue at Mission Space!

    • You have a VERY good eye!

  • I love when the Imagineers leave behind nods to the past attractions like this! It adds another layer of detail.

    • Me, too. These hidden treasures are fun to find!

  • There’s another nod in there- keep your ears peeled, and you might hear a familiar tune sung by a certain harpooner.

  • I love this! Boarding a Nautilus on the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction is one of my earliest memories of family visits to Walt Disney World. 😀

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