If your plans include a trip to Disneyland in the next couple of weeks, make sure to get those underwater Submarine adventures in. Disneyland is planing a nearly year-long closure of the “Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage” beginning January 6, 2014.
According to Disney, the refurbishment will include draining the massive 5-million-gallon lagoon in order to facilitate work on the underwater rocks, props and animatronics. The lagoon will take nearly two days to drain. Disney will divert the water to the Orange County Sanitation District for redistribution to the local groundwater aquifer.
The “Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage” opened in 2007 after the submarine lagoon sat dormant for nearly 9 years following the closure of the original 1959 attraction, “The Submarine Voyage”.
The lagoon which contains 5 million gallons of water, will be drained for the “Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage” refurbishment. (Photo: Bryan Pugh)
The closure of the submarines will overlap with the now delayed, reopening of “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad”, which has been closed since early 2013 for its lengthy refurbishment. The popular Frontierland attraction was originally scheduled to reopen this past October, but has been pushed back to a “winter of 2014” reopening. Ride vehicle testing was being performed last week on “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad” – view photos.
Over the past few weeks, rumors have been circulating that Disneyland’s plans were to permanently close the “Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage”. However, Disneyland spokesperson Betsy Sanchez, was quoted by the OC Register as saying there were no immediate plans to permanently close the “Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage” and that the upcoming closure was simply for a refurbishment.
It is highly unlikely that Disney would incur the cost of a lengthy refurbishment for an attraction they intend to close. It will be a strong indicator that the permanent closure rumor is false if we start to see work being performed on the attraction. Keep an eye on our Disneyland Photo & News Reports for updates and photography of the refurbishment in the coming weeks.
The “Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage” is scheduled to reopen in “late 2014”.