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    Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Re-Opens Today

    The ride has been closed for eight months while crews conducted routine scheduled maintenance. All of the upgrades are now complete. “We put some of the latest technology in to make the show fresher, and that’s what I think we’ll feel when we start setting sail,” said Randy Sundberg, a veteran helmsman, the title that […]

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    Retro Disneyland 7-65

    A few snaps from an unnamed family on a hot summer day in the parking lot and Tomorrowland, 1965. Parking was 25 cents, even for a tiny Volkswagen! The Harbor Blvd parking entrance. There were six lanes feeding the toll plaza. This photo was taken in the afternoon from the Monorail on its way to […]

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    Photo of the Week

    This weeks “Photo of the Week” is Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage’s Seeker, as she returns to the surface and prepares for entering port. Formerly called the Triton (305), she was built in 1959 at Todd Pacific Shipyards in San Pedro. When it opened as “Submarine Voyage” it was one of the first rides to require […]

  • Photo of the Week

    Gregg L Cooper took this very cool shot looking up at the hatch on the Finding Nemo Submarine ride. He describes the ride as a truly “immersive” experience. Tweet

  • New Attractions Preview 1959

    You might have seen a photograph of this preview sign before but this one is kinda special. Behind it you can see “Holiday Hill” with the Skyway tower on top. That tower was probably the least photographed thing in the early days of Disneyland. So what new attractions can we look forward to in June 1959? […]

  • Photo of the Week

    I have never seen the subs this way before! Gregg Cooper has captured the essence of the experience of riding underwater and the fascination all the guests feel. Everyone is riveted to their porthole! I am so proud to have worked at Todd Shipyards who built this fleet (years before I joined them) for Walt […]

  • Submarine Voyage 1966 SOP

    Back in 2006 this 1966 Submarine Voyage Standard Operating Procedure was posted on the website “Stuff from the Park” a.k.a. Matterhorn. With the original posters permission I have made an Adobe PDF file of the complete document and offer it to my web guests HERE (filesize 3.6mb). Dive… Dive… Dive…. Tweet

  • Submarine Voyage Map

    Here is the Submarine ride circuit map from the 1966 SOP Manual. Simple and straight to the point! Some fun facts:   Attraction Length of guide rail = 1,365 feet THRC (theoretical hourly capacity of the attraction) = 1,410 guests Amount of water in lagoon and caverns = 9,000,000 gallons Cost of building = $2.5 Million […]

  • Thru the Porthole

    What the ride operator sees when coming to dock. This submarine is 306 Argonaut, formerly the George Washington. It was constructed by Todd Shipyards in 1959. Tweet

  • Mermaid Tryouts

    During the summers of 1965–1967, female cast members dressed in mermaid costumes could be seen sun-bathing themselves and performing synchronized swimming and underwater stunts for four hours each day. Disneyland ended this live mermaid feature in 1967 after several ladies reported health concerns related to the submarines’ diesel exhaust fumes and the highly chlorinated water. […]