Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Les Mystères du Nautilus

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This months topic is Underappreciated Disney Attractions!

This one came to mind straight away because I feel it's constantly missed out when talking about fantastic attractions from Disneyland Paris ... Les Mystères du Nautilus!

This is a walk-through attraction based on the 1954 Disney classic '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'. Located in the lagoon next to Space Mountain, guests enter a small lighthouse themed building and follow a spiral staircase down to an underwater corridor to enter the attraction. Once on board, guests can explore six rooms of Captain Nemo's submarine, the Nautilus! Check out the video below if you'd like to see inside :)

One of the coolest things you'll find in the Nautilus is Captain Nemo's room, a cabin with a bed and a bathroom full of the Captains belongings, including books and paintings.

However, the main attraction of the Nautilus can be found in the Main Salon - The Giant Squid Attack! A small viewing area in the salon allows guests observe a window to the ocean. Captain Nemo's organ begins to play Johann Sebastian Bach'sToccata & Fugue in D Minor, and the captain himself gives a short speech about the ocean kingdom. The window opens to allow guest to gaze into the ocean, but suddenly, a giant squid attacks!! While the squid grapples with the window, Captain Nemo orders the submarines defence ... a pulse generator! The poor squid is electrocuted and retreats to the sea ... although Nemo saves the Nautilus ... I can't help but feel sorry for the giant squid ... maybe it just wanted to say hello :) Check out the video below if you'd like to see the giant squid in action!

Another cool feature of the Nautilus, particularly for fans of the movie, is a mirror above Nemo's organ. Guests can sometimes see Nemo's reflection in the mirror, which is actually a recreation of James Mason's face behind the glass, lit every so often to become visible!

Les Mystères du Nautilus has always been a favourite of mine ... tucked away round the side of Space Mountain ... blink and you'll miss it! Many guests see the submarine in the lagoon but don't realise it's actually part of a walk through attraction. If you ever get the chance to visit Disneyland Paris, be sure to check out this classic :)

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