The Seas with Nemo & Friends

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The Seas with Nemo & Friends
The Seas with Nemo & Friends logo.svg
The Seas with Nemo & Friends at EPCOT.jpg
AreaFuture World (2007-2021)
World Nature (2021-)
Opening dateJanuary 4, 2007
ReplacedThe Living Seas
(Future World)
Ride statistics
Attraction typeAquarium/Dark ride
ManufacturerMontgomery Watson
DesignerWalt Disney Imagineering
ThemeFinding Nemo, Underwater exploration base
Site area185,000 sq ft (17,200 m2)
Capacity2,200 riders per hour
Vehicle typeClam mobiles
Riders per vehicle2
Tank size5,700,000 US gallons (22,000 m3), 793,000 US gallons (3,000 m3) kept in storage
Number of creatures8,500
Construction time22 months
Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Available
Disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Must transfer from wheelchair
Assistive listening icon.svg Assistive listening available
Closed captioning available
The Living Seas
Epcot The Living Seas logo.svg
Living seas entrance sign.jpg
AreaFuture World
Opening dateJanuary 15, 1986
Closing dateAugust 21, 2005
Replaced byThe Seas with Nemo & Friends
(World Nature)
Ride statistics
Attraction typeAquarium
DesignerWED Enterprises
ThemeUnderwater exploration base
MusicGeorge Wilkins and Russell Brower[1]
SponsorUnited Technologies (1986-1998)
None (1998-2005)
Disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Must transfer from wheelchair
Assistive listening icon.svg Assistive listening available
Closed captioning available

The Seas with Nemo & Friends (formerly The Living Seas) is a pavilion located in the World Nature section of Epcot, a theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida. The pavilion is themed as an oceanic exploration base called SeaBase Alpha, with several exhibits devoted to oceanic study. The building includes an aquarium and its attached dark ride attraction, a talk show-type attraction called Turtle Talk with Crush, and the Coral Reef Restaurant.

The Living Seas opened in 1986, but had been planned as part of the park since its opening in 1982.[2][3] The pavilion was re-themed in 2006 as The Seas with Nemo & Friends after the film Finding Nemo.


The Living Seas (1986-2005)[edit]

The Living Seas Marquee

The Living Seas opened to the public on January 15, 1986. It housed the largest saltwater tank in the world at its completion, holding 5.7 million US gallons (22,000,000 L) of water, but was surpassed in 2005 with the opening of the Georgia Aquarium.[3][4] The concept of the building was to take visitors under the ocean to "Sea Base Alpha". Guests viewed a short movie about the formation of the oceans entitled The Sea, which was followed by an elevator ride to the ocean floor aboard a "Hydrolator" (in reality, guests rode a stationary hydraulic elevator while moving walls, sound effects and a vibrating floor gave the effect of traveling a long distance downward ). Guests then boarded a Seacab on the Caribbean Coral Reef Ride, and rode through the middle of the tank. They then disembarked into the main exhibit area where they could interact with various multimedia displays. Once finished, guests leaving the pavilion would then board another Hydrolator to the surface (which, similar to the first set of elevators, simulated upward motion).

The Living Seas was sponsored by United Technologies from its opening until 1998. After the departure of United Technologies as sponsor of The Living Seas, significant changes were made to the pavilion. All sponsorship references were removed from the pavilion. Preshow theatre #2 was removed and a corridor was built through its space, allowing for guests to bypass the preshow if they wished to go directly to the Hydrolators.

On October 21, 2001, as a result of declining patronage following the September 11 attacks, the Seacabs closed down and were walled off. The queue of the Seacab ride was left intact and the Seacabs were still visible to guests through the ocean tank windows. Reasons for their closure are not entirely known. After they closed, guests leaving the Hydrolators walked along the former wheelchair bypass corridor to Sea Base Alpha. Now, guests had the option of viewing the preshow or going directly to the Hydrolators and simply walking to Sea Base Alpha.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends (2007-present)[edit]

In December 2003, Disney began to re-theme The Living Seas into a new pavilion based on the recently released Pixar film Finding Nemo. The majority of the transformation began with exterior elements, but in January 2004, the interior began to change as well. On November 16, 2004, Turtle Talk with Crush opened in what was once Module 1C, or the Earth Systems exhibit. The show's unexpected success overwhelmed the pavilion, causing the development of plans to move Turtle Talk with Crush to a larger area in the pavilion.

Turtle Talk with Crush was only the beginning of changes to The Living Seas. On August 21, 2005, The Living Seas closed for its transformation into The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Parts of the pavilion reopened in late November 2005. Outside the pavilion, the facade and mural were changed and depictions of sea life seen in Finding Nemo were added. The exit Hydrolators had been removed, and were replaced with glass doors that served as an exit and temporary entrance. Sea Base Alpha had been re-themed to Finding Nemo and the entire original preshow area was in the process of being rebuilt. Decor and signage was replaced and scientific displays were replaced by ones themed to Finding Nemo. Turtle Talk with Crush remained as popular as it was before the transformation.

Throughout 2006, construction walls hid the preshow area which was undergoing reconstruction. With the former Sea Base Alpha open, work progressed on the new queue areas and the Seacabs were being rebuilt as a new "Clamobile" attraction. The remaining Living Seas preshow theater, entrance Hydrolators, holding areas, and Seacabs queue were all completely removed and replaced by a new themed queue area. Hydrolator Three and Theater 1 were replaced by a number of new dark ride sets. The former Seacabs ride was lengthened by 280 feet (85 m) through the space formerly used by the preshow theatre, but the final section still took place inside the tank. A new projection technology was added to the tank and the new show scenes. The existing Seacabs were given a clamshell shape and renamed "Clamobiles". Three Audio-Animatronic seagulls were also added to the entrance. They periodically flap their wings and say "Mine! Mine! Mine!", just like the seagulls do in Finding Nemo.

On October 10, 2006, the construction walls in front of the entrance to The Living Seas, now The Seas with Nemo & Friends, were removed. The temporary entrance was removed from the exit. Turtle Talk With Crush was removed from Module 1C, and relocated to the second preshow theater, which had been unused since 1999 when it had been broken up by the bypass corridor following United Technologies' discontinuation of sponsorship. Module 1A was turned into a pre-show space for the expanded Turtle Talk With Crush, with its exhibits moving to 1C, while a new queue line corridor was built from the module into the existing theater space using a backstage fire exit. The Seas with Nemo & Friends was rededicated on January 24, 2007.

It was the first Epcot Pavilion to be based on a Disney animated movie property and only the second Epcot attraction to do so (The Lion King-based Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable at The Land Pavilion was the first, opening in 1995 replacing Symbiosis).

In late 2019, new directory signage was installed in Seabase Alpha, restoring the former Living Seas logo, as the pavilions are now renamed The Seas Pavilion. [5]

Consultants and advisers[edit]



  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends — Guests board "Clamobiles" and venture into the sea to join Marlin, Dory, and other characters from the film Finding Nemo, as they search for Nemo who has gotten lost again. Guests first journey through a coral reef where they find Marlin, a clownfish, searching for Nemo. Farther along the reef, they come across Mr. Ray and his students, setting out to explore and look for Nemo. Dory soon joins Marlin in the search and they come upon a group of jellyfish. An anglerfish comes out of the darkness and begins to chase them frantically. Guests dive deeper and come upon the wreck of a massive submarine that sits in the center of a deadly minefield. Peeking out from the wreck is Bruce, a great white shark, and Chum, a mako shark, trying to coax Nemo out from his hiding spot. (Anchor, a hammerhead shark is not included in the ride.) They assure him in their sneaky voices that fish are friends, not food. The Clamobiles are then swept up into the East Australian Current with Nemo, Crush, and Squirt. The current empties the guests out into a massive aquarium where Nemo is reunited once again with his friends. As they sing a closing song, "In the Big Blue World" (although the ride opened first, this song was adapted from the Disney's Animal Kingdom show Finding Nemo - The Musical), these animated Pixar characters swim in the actual aquarium with real fish through the use of special effect glass. The Clamobiles then return to the surface.
  • Sea Base — Main viewing area of the aquarium. A smaller aquarium features a pair of rescued West Indian manatees. Other small tanks feature a variety of species from moray eels to seahorses, and other species that cannot interact with divers or other fish in the main exhibit. A large, cylindrical tank in which guests can view from the center exhibits a pod of three Common bottlenose dolphins in one corner. The other three quarters of the exhibit hold a wide array of species, including Sand tiger sharks, Naso tang, Threadfin butterflyfish, Cowtail stingray, Orange-lined triggerfish, Sandbar sharks, Bowmouth guitarfish, Bonnethead sharks, Atlantic tarpon, Shovelnose guitarfish, a Green sea turtle, a Blacknose shark, and a Zebra shark.
  • Turtle Talk with Crush — An interactive show with the sea turtle from Finding Nemo who answers children's questions about the sea. The show now features characters from the movie Finding Dory.


  • Coral Reef Restaurant — A table service restaurant. One wall is made of glass and offers views into the aquarium.


  • Gift Shop


  • Epcot DiveQuest — A little-known attraction, certified SCUBA divers have the ability to experience a 40-minute underwater tour of the 5.7 million US gallons (22,000 m3) tank of the Caribbean Coral Reef Aquarium. The entire experience lasts about three hours, and includes a guided underwater tour, a "free-play" time, and a backstage tour of the aquarium's inner works. Guests also have the ability to purchase a video or photos of the dive.[6]
  • Epcot Seas Aqua Tour — The Epcot Seas Aqua Tour is an experience which debuted in late 2002 at The Living Seas where guests can swim in the aquarium with the assistance of a SAS (SCUBA Assisted Snorkel) System.
  • Dolphins in Depth — Dolphins in Depth is an experience where guests go on a tour mostly concentrated on the dolphins in The Seas aquarium. Guests can interact with the dolphins in waist deep water.

VIP room[edit]

This pavilion has a backstage VIP room that is used for private events, such as weddings and conventions. The room is long and curved with wood paneled walls. One side has floor-to-ceiling windows into the aquarium. The room also has an acrylic glass see-through piano.

Technology and effects[edit]

Although fairly simple technology, there are some amazing effects throughout the pavilion. In the room where Marlin gets chased by an anglerfish, there are 2 robotic arms holding the animatronics together so they look like they're chasing each other. Another effect is in the finale where a camera from the ceiling projects the fictional fish into the real aquarium so it looks like Nemo and his friends are swimming with the real fish. Turtle Talk with Crush features an effect where there are hidden cameras, along with a cast member using a puppet to simulate the movement of the digital turtle. Whenever a guest raises a hand or asks a question, the cast member looks through the hidden camera and reacts to the guest, moving the puppet to simulate the digital turtle.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brigante, Ricky (September 30, 2012). "Fascinating facets of Epcot's 30th anniversary explored by D23 in Walt Disney World fan celebration". Inside the Magic. Archived from the original on October 3, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  2. ^ Beard, Richard R. (1982). Lory Frankel (ed.). Walt Disney's EPCOT. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. p. 119. ISBN 0-8109-0819-0.
  3. ^ a b Kurtti, Jeff (1996). Since the World Began: Walt Disney World, The First 25 Years. New York, New York: Hyperion. p. 105. ISBN 0-7868-6248-3.
  4. ^ "Aquarium sets Guinness record". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Associated Press. 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2010-09-09.
  5. ^ Figueroa, Jessica (2019-10-11). "PHOTOS: The Living Seas Pavilion Logo Returns on Sleek New..." WDW News Today. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  6. ^ "Epcot DiveQuest - Walt Disney World Resort". Walt Disney World.

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