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From Screen to Park: Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland Park

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Take a dive under the sea on an exciting nautical adventure at Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage in Disneyland park!

The opening of Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage on June 11, 2007, marked the return of an underwater attraction to the 6.3-million-gallon Tomorrowland lagoon.

From 1959 to 1998, this location was home to the Submarine Voyage, which is considered one of the first “E” Ticket attractions at Disneyland park.

The reimagined submarine experience was inspired by the 2003 hit Disney•Pixar film, “Finding Nemo.” Beloved characters Nemo, Marlin, Dory and Crush are just some of the fish friends that join guests as they swim past their submarine port windows.

Disney Parks After Dark: Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland Park

You can’t miss the sparkling blue lagoon across from the majestic Matterhorn Bobsleds and you’ll definitely hear the squawking of “Mine! Mine! Mine!” from three familiar seagulls perched upon a red buoy.

After you jump in line underneath the Disneyland Monorail station, you’ll board a 40-passenger research submarine operated by the Nautical Exploration and Marine Observation Institute — N.E.M.O. — on a mission to explore an extraordinary deepwater volcano.


The fleet of eight bright yellow submarines each have their own unique names: Explorer, Scout, Voyager, Mariner, Seafarer, Nautilus, Neptune and Argonaut.

During your research quest, you’ll stumble upon Marlin, Mr. Ray and Dory on a journey through 17 subaquatic scenes featuring colorful coral reefs, surfing sea turtles, ancient ruins and a fiery volcano, all to save the little clownfish Nemo in this heartwarming family adventure.

Is Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage a must-see for you at Disneyland park? Let us know in the comments!


  • The original Submarine Voyage was one of my favorite rides as a kid, and even later as an adult, because it took you on an adventure and sparked the imagination. I was there the last day it was open and watched the lagoon sit quietly for years until Nemo opened. While I do like the new attraction, I wish the Imagineers would have updated the original attraction with new effects and a modern storyline rather than replacing it with the Nemo overlay. Newsflash: not all attractions HAVE to be tied to a movie franchise!

  • The ride is a nice time to unwind. My son is only 7 months but he loves to be in the carrier and look out of the port hole.

  • We love riding the submarines and definitely consider it a “must do” every trip. Our three little boys get so excited to peer through the portholes and look for Nemo and Dory. It really feels like you’ve entered another world and provides a quiet and serene escape from the hustle and bustle above the water. The lagoon really is one of the most picturesque areas in the park!

  • I remember taking my kids there to ride it one last time on closing day in 1998. It was a thrill to ride it again, even as an overlay. The way they were able to use glass boxes to create screen underwater for the projections is just brilliant!

  • Wow! This looks incredible! I remember seeing it under construction back at DisneySMMC in 2014. I also remember it years ago as a child- it was one of my favorite rides and I would make sure my dad took me on it every single visit….cherished memories.

  • I remember the original submarine ride from when I was a kid..and I was SOOO HAPPY when it re-opened with a Nemo theme. Possibly the most gorgeous, picturesque view in the entire park is the view of the lagoon (with Matterhorn in background) while in line for the monorail. That area is so magical at night, I hope they never lose the lagoon. Thanks for the great story Erin!

  • I really enjoy this ride. Such a cool unique experience.

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