In January of 2013 we took our first ever (and only, at this point) trip to Disneyland. The weather was cold and wet but we enjoyed ourselves anyway! On one of the rare sunny days we decided to continue the wet theme by taking an undersea voyage on a classic attraction:
Not the big red thing, the smaller yellow thing below it
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is a reworking of the old North Pole Expedition (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Voyage in WDW) and one of my favorite attractions. John Lasseter oversaw the bringing back of this great ride and Disney pumped millions into making it perfect.
Our voyage would be aboard the Neptune
I wonder what happens if you press the BIG red button?
Boarding is slow, yielding long wait times, but worth it!
And away we go around the Lagoon
Submerging to find the beauty below
When this attraction was coming out of a refurbishment, some sites claimed, or hypothesized, that Disney was going to close this attraction because it was to expensive, with long wait times. I never believed this to be a real possibility due to the sheer amount of money that was pumped into it. So far, I seem to be right as it is still sailing as of this date!
Today we continue our look at the lands of Disneyland Park. Of the eight lands, we’ve covered six of them, and the only two left to look at are Tomorrowland, that we are focusing on today, and Mickey’s Toontown!
Like Fantasyland, there is a whole lot to see and do at Tomorrowland. Just take a look at this attractions list!
There are a lot of great attractions, so I won’t touch on all of them, but I will highlight the ones I liked the best, and think you will too!
Sophie didn’t have much fun on Space Mountain!
Of course I’ve got to start with the best attraction in Tomorrowland in my opinion! I don’t have much in the way of photos, but I do love our ride photo that they displayed. Cindy loves Space Mountain, Sophie, not nearly as much, and I’m along for the ride, but I love the two behind us!
The big difference here is that Space Mountain at Disneyland is two seats across and Space Mountain at Walt Disney World is single seats. It was the two seats across that was the only reason Sophie decided to try it out — but she still doesn’t like it!
Star Tours – The Adventure Continues
Just like Walt Disney World, Star Tours is a great attraction!
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
I call this a fringe Tomorrowland attraction.
Officially, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is a Tomorrowland attraction, but to me, it feels more like a Fantasyland attraction. I think that it does to me because of the inclusion of the Finding Nemo part of the journey, if it was 20,000 Leagues or so, it would definitely be a Tomorrowland attraction. In any case, it’s all apples and oranges, what matters is that I like the attraction — I hadn’t ridden in a “submarine” in a really long time, and it was fun to see it go on a voyage searching for Nemo!
The Autopia, in my opinion, is better than the Tomorrowland Speedway.
You know, I didn’t really have any intentions of riding on the Autopia, but Sophie wanted to go and drive her own car, so Cindy and I went also. I’ve got to say that I think the Autopia is better than the Tomorrowland Speedway in the Magic Kingdom. One thing that I definitely noticed was that the smell of gasoline seemed like it was less at the Autopia than in Florida, maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. But that’s how it felt to me.
Jedi Training Academy
Darth Maul keeps watch at the Jedi Training Academy!
I’m going to close out our exploration of Tomorrowland by taking a look at the Jedi Training Academy. This is something we’ve never done before at Walt Disney World, and truth be told, we didn’t do it at Disneyland either. However, we were at lunch when it started up, so we watched it to see what it was like. At one point in the show, Darth Maul jumped over at some of the other people watching and eating their lunch, and scared quite a few of them! It was great. I don’t know if it’s the same at Walt Disney World, but if it is, then we will definitely go watch it again one day! It was one of my most enjoyable experiences we had at Disneyland.
Thank you for stopping by to visit today as we explored Tomorrowland, one of the lands of Disneyland. Our last stop on our tour is Mickey’s Toontown, so look for that in the next couple of days! Thanks, and remember, at My Dreams of Disney, it’s our goal to turn My Dreams of Disney into Your Dreams of Disney!
Today’s trivia is an anniversary — the anniversary of the opening of the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction at the Magic Kingdom! Here is the information, courtesy of This Day in Disney History:
1971: Walt Disney World’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction (based on the 1954 Disney film) opens at the 14-day old Magic Kingdom. It features 12 thirty-eight passenger (39 including the operator) submarines in an 11.5 million gallon tank of water. A very close cousin to Disneyland’s Submarine Voyage which opened in 1959, the two rides share many of the same elements and animatronics.
It’s unfortunate that I don’t really have any memories of this attraction — but I did ride the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage ride over at Disneyland, and I’m thinking that the ride was pretty similar to what we experienced on that one. Let me know in the comments what you thought of the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction, and thanks for stopping by! Now, please take a look at the other entries for their trivia!
When it comes to classic Disney attractions, one of the biggest attractions I wish I had ridden as a kid was the old 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at the Magic Kingdom. I don’t remember riding that as a kid, and it truly sounds like a ride that was really cool. For me, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage has such a similar look and feel as 20,000 Leagues did that I think this will be, perhaps, one of my favorite attractions at Disneyland. This attraction is my choice for Day 69 in our countdown til Disneyland series!
I’m sure there will be plenty of people who say that this attraction is nothing like 20,000 Leagues, and I’m sure that is the case. In this respect, it’s the submarines that remind me of 20,000 Leagues more then anything, although I’m certain that the actual attraction will be wildly different. Does the attraction go under water? Is it fun? Is it a must see, multiple times, like I think it is? So many questions, the answers won’t come until we experience it for ourselves in June!
Thank you all for stopping by, I hope you have a great day, and have enjoyed our look at the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage!