The Living Seas | Disney World

Last Updated on: March 28th, 2024

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The Living Seas was a groundbreaking attraction located in Epcot’s Future World at Disney World. When it opened on January 15, 1986, it was one of the largest and most technologically advanced aquariums in the world. The attraction was dedicated to exploring the wonders of the ocean, marine life, and the importance of oceanography and ocean conservation. The Living Seas was sponsored by United Technologies Corporation.

Here’s a description of the original Living Seas attraction:

Hydrolators: The experience began with guests entering “Hydrolators,” simulated underwater elevators designed to transport visitors from the surface to the ocean floor. These hydrolators created the illusion of descending into the depths of the ocean.

Seabase Alpha: After “arriving” at the ocean floor, visitors entered Seabase Alpha, a massive, futuristic research facility situated beneath the waves. The facility was designed to replicate an underwater habitat where scientists and researchers studied marine life.

Sea Cabs: To explore the attraction’s massive aquarium, guests boarded “Sea Cabs,” small, clamshell-shaped ride vehicles that glided silently through the enormous Caribbean coral reef aquarium. This aquarium was home to a wide variety of marine species, including sharks, rays, turtles, and colorful fish. The ride provided an up-close view of marine life in a beautiful, coral-filled environment.

Communicore: Within the attraction, there was a section called “Communicore,” which featured interactive exhibits and displays related to oceanography and marine biology. Guests could learn about ocean currents, marine ecosystems, and the challenges of deep-sea exploration through hands-on activities.

Educational Focus: The Living Seas placed a strong emphasis on education, aiming to inspire guests with a greater understanding and appreciation of the world’s oceans. It also stressed the importance of ocean conservation and the need to protect these vital ecosystems.

In 2001, The Living Seas underwent a transformation to become “The Seas with Nemo & Friends.” This reimagined attraction incorporated characters from Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” into the experience while still showcasing the incredible aquarium. The hydrolators were phased out, and the ride was updated with new technology.

Today, “The Seas with Nemo & Friends” continues to be a popular attraction at Epcot, combining the magic of Disney storytelling with the wonder of marine life. While the original Living Seas is no longer in operation, its legacy lives on through its contributions to ocean education and its impact on visitors’ understanding of the undersea world.

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Fun Facts

  1. The pavilion was sponsored by United Technologies and showcased the world’s largest saltwater aquarium, which held over 5.7 million gallons of water and was home to thousands of sea creatures.
  2. One of the main attractions at The Living Seas was the Seabase Alpha saltwater aquarium, which offered guests the opportunity to observe sea life from various angles, including an underwater viewing area and a touch tank.
  3. The pavilion also featured the Omnimover ride, “Sea-Rider,” which took guests on a tour of the ocean depths and introduced them to various sea creatures.
  4. In addition to the attractions, The Living Seas also had an interactive exhibit called the Ocean Explorer, where guests could learn about ocean life and conservation through hands-on displays and interactive technology.
  5. The pavilion was designed to resemble a research vessel, with a futuristic look that incorporated elements of both modern architecture and the oceanic environment.

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