20,000 Leagues Under the Sea | Disney World

Last Updated on: January 21st, 2024

Here is everything you need to know about Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom’s extinct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride including history, fun facts, photos and more. I hope you find this listing informative and helpful!


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What is 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a now-defunct attraction at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The attraction was based on the classic novel by Jules Verne, and allowed visitors to explore the depths of the ocean on board a submarine that was modeled after the Nautilus, the famous vessel from the book.

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During the ride, visitors would board a submarine and travel through a series of underwater scenes, encountering a variety of marine life, shipwrecks, and other underwater wonders along the way. The ride was designed to be both educational and entertaining, with a focus on providing visitors with a unique and immersive experience that brought the world of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to life.

Despite its popularity, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was eventually closed in 1994 due to high operating costs and maintenance issues. The attraction remains a beloved part of Disney World’s history, however, and is remembered by many visitors as one of the park’s most iconic and memorable experiences.

Today, a small section of the lagoon that was used for the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction remains in place, and visitors can still catch a glimpse of the Nautilus and other underwater wonders while taking a leisurely boat ride around the lagoon.


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Fun Facts

  • Technically, this ride was not an opening day attraction. It actually opened 13 days later on October 14, 1971.
  • The ride duration was 20 minutes.
  • Two of the ride submarines were sunk at Castaway Cay for snorkeling expeditions. Only one remains today.


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