Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Ready to Dive Again September 27 at Disneyland Park

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

We are excited to return to the big blue world once again when Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland park reopens September 27, following an extended refurbishment. Quite a bit of work has been done over the course of this year to renew this favorite attraction. Many of the attraction’s scenes, rockwork and coral have been refreshed and repainted; as a result, guests will see a more colorful and vibrant underwater experience than ever before.


To accomplish this work, 5 million gallons of water had to be drained from the lagoon and later replaced. The Disneyland Resort began working with the Orange County Water District (OCWD) in 2009, when Paradise Bay in Disney California Adventure park was drained to prepare for “World of Color.” This partnership allows the water we drain to be treated and stored, instead of being released to the ocean through storm drains. Now, every time we must drain a large body of water, it is sent to the OCWD’s Groundwater Replenishment System, where it is purified and added to Orange County’s underground water supply. The water is then refilled at the Disneyland Resort from the same system. This process works so well, the Disneyland Resort was recognized in 2009 with the state of California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for this and other earth-friendly efforts.

So enjoy this sparkling, like-new guest favorite when Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage reopens September 27.


  • Just to let people know, I was at Disneyland last weekend and I’m glad to say that the buoy with the seagulls has indeed returned to the lagoon.

  • Thanks Erin! 🙂

  • When the ride opened on Saturday, the buoy with the seagulls was not there. I assume that it will be reinstalled soon.

    It was great to see that the coral reef and other scenes had been repainted.

    • Sorry about that, Fred. I’ll see what I can find out.

  • Very excited to see that it is opening on Saturday. We will be there tomorrow through the weekend and can’t wait to take my husband who has never been to Disneyland yet!

  • I’m happy to hear that the water isn’t “wasted”! Makes me love the ride even more!

  • We miss 20,000 leagues at WDW. Was a good ride that could have had the Nemo make over. But can’t wait to see what they did with the area! Next trip is unknown at this time!

  • Can’t wait!

  • We love the Subs and are so glad they are coming back. We have missed them the last two times we have visited. Can’t wait to go on our next Voyage in Dec!

  • I am very happy to see that the Finding Nemo Submarine ride was not taken out! I am excited to ride it again!

  • It’s nice to see that they save the water for reuse in the park! Disney is always thinking!!!

  • Can we expect any upgrades for the ride or will it be the same as it was when they closed it for a refurbishment?

    • Phillip – The extent of the work that guests will notice when they ride is what I’ve described in this post.

  • Thanks for this update Erin. It’s good know that many of the scenes have been refreshed. I just wish that the submarines themselves had gotten repainted. As far as I know, I don’t think they did, and some of them were looking a little dingy.

    Still, I’m glad to see the attraction return. It’s a very unique, beautiful ride.

    Erin- I assume that the buoy with the seagulls will return, as well as the Darla and subadiver animatronics? 🙂

    • All of your favorites will be there, Fred!

  • Look’s like plans to turn that space into an Ewok Village are officially dead !

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