Monday, September 8, 2014

#Disneyland60....Today In Disneyland History....September 8, 1998

Disneyland Submarine Takes Last Voyage
September 8, 1998

On September 8, 1998, Disneyland's Submarine Voyage attraction closed its hatch with a 7 a.m. ceremony officiated by U.S. Navy Commander Robert Thomas. Started in June 1959, the Nautilus and seven sister submarines - the Triton, Sea Wolf, Skate, Skipjack, George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Ethan Allen - had allowed 38 Disneyland guests at a time to take their own voyage with a major portion of the  simulated  voyage taking place under the Arctic Ocean's polar ice cap. 

 The attraction, which featured ride vehicles designed to look like Navy nuclear submarines, opened on June 14, 1959 as the Submarine Voyage and was one of the first rides to require an E ticket. The Submarine Voyage was part of a major expansion of Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, which also included the Matterhorn Bobsleds roller coaster, an expanded version of Autopia, the Disneyland Monorail, and the Motor Boat Cruise with the attraction originally planned to feature glass-bottom boats and when initially conceived, the Submarine Voyage was to feature real fish and other sea creatures, though the idea proved to be unfeasible. 

 It closed on September 9, 1998, at that time, it was reported that the attraction would reopen with a new theme by 2003, but that did not come to pass. The attraction ultimately reopened in June 2007 themed to Disney·Pixar's Finding Nemo, and now operates as Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

 Currently, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is also undergoing reimagining but it is tentatively planned to reopen this fall.  Whether it is to the North Pole, or to Australia, the Submarines at Disneyland remain one of its iconic attractions.  And that’s what happened today in Disneyland history.  

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