Fun Facts about the Seas with Nemo and Friends

The Seas with Nemo and Friends is an attraction that’s found within The Living Seas…or Seabase…or Future World West. Basically, it’s the pavilion that’s next to The Land Pavilion!

There are a ton of great insights into the construction, creation and ideas that went into the original Living Seas pavilion, but so many folks visit the attraction and don’t know what to look for. It’s my goal to give a few fun facts to allow for guests to enjoy this ride even more!

GENERAL STATS

  • Area – Future World West
  • Opening Date – January 24th, 2007
  • Attraction – Omnimover Dark Ride
  • Vehicle Type – Clam Mobile
  • FastPass+ Available

ORIGINAL NAME

Although we know the current occupants from the Disney-Pixar film ‘Finding Nemo’, the tank and entire pavilion was originally called The Living Seas. The concept brought guests aboard a Hydrolator, where they would then be transported to a ‘Seacab’, which broughts guests under the sea while providing a level of “Edu-tainment” that was consistent with the overall goal of EPCOT Centre (circa 1982).

TANK SIZE

When the Living Seas opened in 1986, it was actually the biggest Salt Water Aquarium in the United States, holding over 5.7 million gallons of water. It’s currently the 2nd largest, with the Georgia Aquarium (2005) holding the record.

SPACESHIP EARTH

Did you know that Spaceship Earth can actually fit inside the main tank?! The diameter of the aquarium is 203 feet, which is 43 feet larger than Spaceship Earth!



EPCOT DIVEQUEST

If you hold a diving certificate, you’re able to participate in an exclusive experience that brings you into the main tank (surrounded by over 6000 animals) for a 3-hour hands-on tour!

MY CHILDHOOD ON SCREEN

Most folks will recognize the Living Seas through pop culture appearances from Boy Meets World and Full House. In fact, Cory from BMW did his best acting of the series (in my opinion) when he was interacting with a dolphin!

HIDDEN MICKEY

We all know that Disney never confirms or denies that a Hidden Mickey exists, although this one (in the main tank) is pretty noticeable;)

Related Articles – What is a Hidden Mickey

TURTLE TALK WITH CRUSH

I LOVE this attraction! Not only is it incredibly interactive, but the cast members that bring Crush The Sea Turtle and all the other characters to life are absolutely brilliant! If you go in towards the end of the day, the performers are warmed-up and ready to put on the best shows of the day!



FILTERS

With the amount of water needed to keep the pavilion functioning, it requires some hefty pieces of technology! There are 10 sand filters, which can filter 3,500 gallons of water per minute.


The Seas with Nemo and Friends is just one of my favorite pavilions in EPCOT, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg when I start thinking about the awesome insider facts about the Walt Disney World Resort that we’ll be sharing soon!

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