The Seas with Nemo & Friends Epcot
The Sea Makes Our Planet Unlike Any Other Known To Man!
Located in a corner of Future World, to the right of The Land, is the Seas with Nemo and Friends. As you approach you’ll see a garden area with eight sculptures of Finding Nemo characters including Nemo, Marlin, Dory, and Gil.
“The Seas with Nemo and Friends” was officially dedicated January 2007 marking the completion of a transition from the original pavilion (which was known as The Living Seas) to a new one themed to the popular Disney-Pixar movie, Finding Nemo.
Picking up where the motion picture “Finding Nemo” left off, the ride-through attraction in a colorful coral reef setting features technology that causes the stars of the motion picture to magically appear swimming amid the live marine life of a 5.7-million-gallon saltwater environment — one of the largest such aquariums in the world.
The Seas with Nemo and Friends — Board “clam-mobiles” and meet Mr. Ray and his class on a field trip and soon learn that Nemo has wandered off. The journey in search of Nemo includes familiar characters such as Dory, Bruce, Marlin, Squirt and Crush. These deep-sea friends inhabit a variety of vibrant vignettes, including the actual aquarium containing more than 65 species of marine life. In the musical finale, Nemo is happily reunited with his class and friends.
Turtle Talk with Crush! –– This interactive show is the headliner in the Seas with Nemo and Friends. It features a computer-animated version of the surfer dude turtle from “Finding Nemo” in 10-minute conversations with visitors. Finding Dory characters are also part of the interactive Turtle Talk with Crush show. The whole family will love this attraction!
“Crush is an interactive 3D animation that talks with the audience. He looks at the person he’s talking with and really interacts with people. For example, the host will ask a kid his name and Crush will say, “Hello, Jimmy.” He makes jokes and takes questions from audience. The show lasts about 10 minutes and is very enjoyable.” His friend Dory, makes occasional appearances with Crush.
Bruce’s Sub House — Adjacent to Turtle Talk with Crush, is a hands-on play area geared to kids. The area features some of the more toothy characters of Finding Nemo (including Anchor and Chum) in shark-themed playsets for crawling on, around and through, as well as an open-jawed replica of Bruce the shark (below left), which you can crawl inside — it makes for a great photo op for young and old alike. Along with the opportunity to run off a little steam, kids can learn a few things by lifting the flaps on and reading through the various displays (below right) around the room.
Nemo and Friends! — Worth a trip for folks of all ages. You can search for Nemo and Marlin (Clownfish), Blue Tangs (Dory), Starfish (Peach), seahorses (Sheldon) and stingrays (Mr. Ray). You can also check out the Can You Find Nemo? habitat, the Great Barrier Reef display, the stingray viewing habitat, Mr. Ray’s Lagoon, and my personal favorite, the jellyfish! This exhibit is simple and low budget and yet enchanting, all at the same time.More Nemo and Friends Photos!
Mr. Ray’s Lagoon – watch the stingrays swim around as you wait to get into Turtle Talk with Crush.
Take the time to explore the model undersea research facility of the future. These exhibits are worth the time. The latest technologies in ocean surveillance and management can be seen in use, including robotic submersibles, space-age diving suits and communications systems used by oceanographic institutes for monitoring the undersea world. There’s also a human-powered “Submousible,” which was designed by volunteers from Sea Base Alpha and entered in competitions.
Diver crews from Sea Base Alpha conduct experiments on marine mammal intelligence and on water chemistry within this ecosystem. A tethered submersible containing an underwater camera gives guests a diver’s view of ocean activities.
Large-screen video shows man’s attempts to harness the ocean’s resources. Visitors can then walk into a two-story central viewing area, completely surrounded by sea windows that allow them to see the divers up close, carrying out research with marine mammals — dolphins and sea lions.
Restrooms are located on Level One.
At the entrance to the Observation Deck is the Duty Roster, which has the schedule of presentations for the day. “Sea Base Alpha is a working marine research center. We invite all guests to observe the daily research activities at the times listed. A member of the Sea Base Alpha team will be in the Observation Deck to explain the work during each scheduled activity.”
The Observation Deck provides another perspective of viewing the sea life.
Visit the Manatees on the second level. Meet manatees who have been rescued and are being rehabilitated before being released into the wild. Each manatee eats approximately 50 pounds of food each day. Overhead television monitors show a short video on the manatee.
Ocean Resource Exhibit – an aquaculture exhibit about farming and husbandry of aquatic plants and animals.
The pavilion features the Coral Reef Restaurant. Here you can dine in front of windows 50 feet long and eight feet high, allowing you to view the faux-Caribbean coral reef. The seating is tiered so that each table has a view of the aquarium.
Some of the sealife you might view during your meal: Brown Shark, Cow-nose Ray, Green Sea Turtle, Tarpon, and Grouper. Lunch and dinner are served at the Coral Reef, which underwent a “facelift” in 1999 and is beautifully decorated in a variety of blue-shaded tiles. To enter the Coral Reef, exit The Seas with Nemo and Friends and walk to the far right of the pavilion.
Background music in the Coral Reef is original compositions by Russell Brower.
Additional Note for Parents — Coral Reef might also be a place to consider bringing your children. The full wall aquarium is entertainment in itself, and there’s a nice children’s menu, as well. Remember to be considerate of those dining close to the aquarium and try not to crowd them while they dine.
Tour the Seas with Nemo & Friends when you have time to spend inside; you will miss the experience if you rush through the pavilion.
Turtle Talk with Crush is a VERY popular attraction. The theatre is very small. Expect VERY LONG waits! Go early in the day or just before the last show.
Watch the manatees at feeding time from the upper level. Also, be sure to watch the short film of the birth of a manatee at The Seas with Nemo and Friends.
Kids will enjoy the Undersea Robotics area on Level One where they can get into a diver’s suit and try to use their hands.
If you catch a glimpse of the Sea Turtle, you are very lucky!
Great photos ops outside the pavilion in the Finding Nemo Sculpture area.
KIDS AND CHARACTERS
While waiting for Turtle Talk with Crush, be sure to take Mr. Ray’s POP Quiz!
The large Nemo and Friends sculpture outside the pavillion makes a great photo op.
Sea Base Alpha – Aquatic gifts including dolphin-themed items. This shop has one of the best selections of pavilion specific logo merchandise in all of Epcot! You can find The Seas with Nemo and Friends T-Shirts, hats, refrigerator magnets, pins, postcards, keychains and more.
The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion measures 203 feet in diameter, 27 feet deep and contains 5.7 million gallons of salt water. A standard swimming pool holds 20,000 gallons of water. One inch of water from the surface here can fill a standard swimming pool.
The Aquarium is so large that Spaceship Earth (160 feet in diameter) would fit inside with room to spare.
There are more than 70 varieties of fish and other marine animals, with a total of over 8,000 inhabitants.
The acrylic windows into the restaurant have very little distortion or magnification of the marine life and objects.
The window panels in the second level observation deck measure 8 feet by 24 feet and weigh 9,000 pounds each. They range in thickness from 6 to 8 inches.
Nearly two tons of food is produced each week for the inhabitants of the Seas. The dolphins dine on herring and capelin, the West Indian manatees eat lettuce, carrots, sprouts and fruit. Animal nutritionists at The Seas manufacture the coral out of dental plaster, mixing in ground fish and other food in the process. Divers place about a dozen of these out each day, and the parrotfish and other coral crunchers eat them up.
The pavilion uses a reverse-flow filtration system. This process forces impurities in the water to the top, where they flow out with skimmed water. The water is fed into the filter system, then returns to the main environment through the ocean floor. Between these two points is an extensive cleaning system.
The Pavilion was added to Epcot in 1986 and originally sponsored by United Technologies. It took 22 months to construct the pavilion.
As Michael Eisner began the January 1986 Grand Opening of the Seas, Diver Mickey Mouse was joined by Diver Frank Wells to help cut the ribbon.
The pavilion was originally designed with the guidance of an advisory board of experts in oceanography and related fields. The centerpiece of this attraction is the world’s largest saltwater aquarium tank, which is 203 feet in diameter and 27 feet deep. Within the tank is a complete man-made coral reef inhabited by sharks, tropical fish, rays and dolphins, all exotic and colorful forms of life that normally colonize Caribbean reefs.
Until late October 2001, you would have entered two-passenger Seacab vehicles for a three-minute voyage along the ocean floor, through tunnels, past the entire coral reef seen through six-inch thick crystal-clear windows. However, this part of the attraction is now closed. You would have exited the Hydrolators into the Gift Shop and walked into the Sea Base Alpha area.
The background music playing outside the pavilion is the original Epcot music. Songs include: “The Seas” Music by Patrick Gleason, “Atlas of the Living World” Music by Richard Bellis, “Suited for the Sea” Music by Ralph Ferrara, “Nitrogen Boogie” Music by George Wilkins Lyrics by Scott Hennesy Vocals by B.J. Ward.
The Living Seas slowly evolved from 2004 into The Seas with Nemo and Friends (dedicated January 2007). The remake offers new ways to learn about the sea and breathes life into what was a tired, poorly attended Living Seas pavilion. The overall theme is now tied into the animated feature “Finding Nemo”!
At one time in 2007, Nemo and a Living Coral made live appearances during the day.
Prior to the October 2006 reopening:
Prior to the 2004-2005 Rehab:
Entering the pavilion, the lights are subdued and the music soft. The banister curves around as you wind your way over the gently wavy floor, and you gain the sense of bobbing on the waves. There are historical photographs and artifacts of famous undersea explorations along the corridor (Alexander the Great’s glass diving barrel, Sir Edmund Halley’s first Diving Bell, etc.).
You enter a pre-show standing area, again with subdued lighting and soft music. A five-minute wait time begins to countdown on the screen. Instructions are given and you can either go left and directly to the Hydrolators, which will take you to Sea Base Alpha, or you can turn right into the Pre-Descent Briefing Room.
Pre-Descent Briefing Room has a 7-minute movie called The Seas. It introduces you to the ocean’s deepest mysteries and the effect on people’s lives of the Earth’s last frontier.
Theater doors then open to reveal three “Hydrolators,” capsule elevators that take you to the ocean floor past rock walls and water. The hydrolator elevator that takes you to Sea Base Alpha is VERY small and confining (it holds up to 30 persons). See a Cast Member for an alternate route to Sea Base Alpha. The hydrolator actually only moves a few inches, but the special effects make it seem like you are going underwater.