There are about a million and one cool things to discover in Epcot. And that’s kind of the point of the park, right? Discover and keep discovering, imagine and keep imagining, swim and just keep swimming. The Seas with Nemo and Friends does this beautifully. While keeping hints of the past, this attraction builds on the future and fun. And you get to hang out with your favorite Finding Nemo pals. Did someone say: “Mine?”
This ride is truly beautiful. Its design calls on the natural colors of the ocean and the creatures that call it home. From the bright coral reefs, to the tricky anemones (“Don’t hurt yourself, kid”), to the righteous EAC, this ride is a feast for the eyes. And the cool thing is that the beauty of the ride mirrors the beauty of the real aquarium when you exit!
Being in Epcot, everything can be seen through an educational lens. The Seas with Nemo and Friends is brilliant for this because kids are so enthralled with the animals that they have no idea they’re learning – they’re just having fun. Disney’s conservation efforts are incredibly well known and this attraction provides yet another way to be a part of the action.
3. The Living Seas
For some die-hard Disney fans, The Seas with Nemo and Friends will always and forever be “The Living Seas” (guilty as charged). The Living Seas was remodeled to have a Finding Nemo theme several years back. I think it was probably for the best, but I miss the old days. Luckily for me, there are still some homages to the original, like the giant scuba tank and the general aquarium design and layout.
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4. Old Friends
It’s so cool to see all your favorite characters from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory! This ride is kind of like getting a mini extension of the movies. You get to hang out with them, hear them talk, and see some of your favorite scenes from the movie. Whether they’re in set form, animated form, or puppetry, it’s very cool!
The concept of the Clamobile is not something new to Disney: it’s essentially a Doom Buggy from Haunted Mansion. But the Clamobile is cool because, like everything else, it allows you to step further into the story. You’re no longer just watching Nemo and his friends – you’re one of them. And it’s a slow-moving ride so it’s perfect for kids and adults alike.
6. Big Blue World
Recognize that song at the end of the ride? That’s right! It’s from Finding Nemo: The Musical in Animal Kingdom! It’s the perfect song to close out the show and the ride. My personal favorite part of the ride is Peach at the end: she’s stuck to the glass and says, “Take me with you! I mean, it’s a nice song but they just never stop. I mean, never! Never ever, never ever, never ever, never, never stop!”
7. Real Aquarium Mix
One of the coolest parts of the ride itself is how Disney Imagineers mixed the animated animals and backdrop with The Seas real life aquarium. Toward the end of the ride, around the Big Blue World song, Marlin, Nemo, and Dory swim into the aquarium with real fish and undersea creatures!
8. Turtle Talk with Crush
This has got to be the highlight of The Seas with Nemo and Friends. Turtle Talk with Crush is an interactive, improv Q and A with Crush himself using a “hydrophone.” Even as an adult, this attraction is still magical to me. Crush is hysterical and brilliant with kids. You’re even likely to see some other Finding Nemo or Dory friends with him!