Thursday, 30 June 2011

Disney Blog Hop Thursday! Under the Sea!

Welcome to this weeks Disney Blog Hop hosted by the wonderful Lisa from Babes in Disneyland! If you're new to the hop ... Hi there! If you've been here before ... well Hello again! :D

Please be sure to check out the rest of the Disney Blog Hoppers over at the Babes in Disneyland Blog!

This weeks theme is "Under the Sea"!

Now I'm sure we're all in the same boat (pahaha!) when I say the first thing that sprung to mind when I saw this weeks topic was The Little Mermaid - and no, I can't get the song out of my head either! But soon after I thought about the Disney movie '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'!

Tucked in the corner of Discoveryland in Dlp is an attraction called 'Les Mystères du Nautilus' or 'The Mysteries of the Nautilus' :) I blogged about it in a Wordless Wednesday post a couple of weeks back! It's the submarine that features in the classic Disney movie '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'!

It's an often overlooked and ignored attraction, partly because of it's position to the side of an attraction as big and bold as Space Mountain, partly because of it's limited schedule - opening as late as 1.30pm and closing as early as 5.30pm, even during peak seasons. Many park guests see the top portion of the Nautilus submarine in the lagoon next to Space Mountain and assume it's simply a prop. However, there is an entrance building round the right hand side of Space Mountain that can be easily missed, which is such a shame because this attraction is beautiful inside!

'Les Mysteres Du Nautilus' is a walk through attraction, so there is never a queue! Once you enter the attraction, you are lead down a series of underwater corridors and stairs - seemingly into the Nautilus itself! I believed this completely until I came back from a trip and was looking it up online - this attraction works in a similar way to Phantom Manor - the walk through area isn't under the lagoon or in the Nautilus at all! Guests are lead to an underground area to the right of the lagoon! Well done Disney! You had me fooled! lol!

Once inside the Nautilus, there are six rooms to explore - The Ballasts Compartment, Captain Nemo's Room, The Charts Room, The Diving Chamber, The Main Salon and The Engine Room! 

In the Main Salon there is an organ that reminds me of Davy Jones' in Pirates of the Caribbean! Both the look of it and the way it sounds. While walking though the Salon, you can hear music coming from the organ including 'Toccata and Fuge', which I think has a similar sound to the Davy Jones organ solo - especially right at the beginning :) ( You can compare them in the videos below!) Although this is a submarine, not a ship, there are a lot of similar themes running through it :)

There are two special effects on board, one being a mirror above Captain Nemo's organ where guests can sometimes see the Captains reflection appear. Also, in the Main Salon, there is a  large window where guests can gaze out into the sea. But don't stare too hard or you'll jump out of your skin when the Giant Squid Attacks! Replicating a scene from the movie, a Giant Squid attacks the window of the Nautilus! The submarine itself doesn't move, but the effects on the window are still pretty awesome! Will you survive?? You'll have to board this historic vessel and see for yourself! :P (Or you can always check it out on youtube lol! But a lot of the videos turn out real dark because it's underground - this is definitely an attraction best seen in real life!)

Happy Thursday everyone! :D It's almost the weekend!! :D

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Disney Blog Hoppers over at the Babes in Disneyland Blog! :D


Casey said...

I have never been on those and what a great thought to go with something other than Little Mermaid. I didn't even try to think out of the box

Deb @ Focused on the Magic said...

This looks fantastic!!!! Oh, I so wish they would bring 20,000 Leagues back to WDW. It was so much fun.

Deb @ Focused on the Magic

Mouse Fan Diane said...

I have never been on this attraction. I think it's pretty cool you walk thru it so there's no wait. I love that..

Unknown said...

I didn't even think about this one! I've been in the attraction but never took any pictures of it. Great choice!

Bookgirl @ My Magical Adventures

Ashley said...

I want to give this one a shot someday. When they had it at Disney World back in the day my Aunt had a panic attack from claustrophobia...I think it would be fun though! :D Happy Thursday!

Unknown said...

This sounds like such a cool attraction. I would have been fooled too I'm sure. :)

Manda said...

Thanks everyone! Your poor Aunt Ashley! lol :P

Unknown said...

Great post! So interesting!

Anonymous said...

I love when I learn something new from a blog post. It's great to be in touch with bloggers from parks other than "my own".

This is very interesting, aesthetically pleasing and well-written. You're so awesome Manda!

Manda said...

Thank you Lisa! :D

Oh WOW! Thank you so much Dizzneemomma! You've made my night! :D!