After plenty of fan speculation, a delayed reopening date, and over a year-long closure, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland Park will be reopening. Here’s what we know!
The submarine attraction at Disneyland is historic. The submarines have been at the Happiest Place on Earth for decades. Although, in recent years, they have undergone some changes — and, of course, a Finding Nemo-inspired retheme — many Guests continue to ride this attraction, whenever it is available. The submarines have been closed for quite some time now and did not reopen with the rest of the theme park on April 30, 2021. But whether or not this is your favorite Disney ride, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage will, in fact, reopen sometime in the future.
Specifically, the ride is reopening in winter 2021.
The news was first reported by Wonders of Magic on Instagram, who took to social media on Monday to share a photo of the construction walls near the ride. The signage clearly says, “Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage — Resurfacing Winter 2021.” Take a look:
New signs say Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage reopening Winter 2021 reopening ?✨
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Many fans speculated that we may have seen the end of the submarines at Disneyland as they are not exactly pandemic-friendly. Social distancing measures were strictly enforced when Disneyland and Disney California Adventure reopened on April 30, and parties were separated on attractions. For the first several weeks after Disneyland Resort reopened the theme park gates, you would not see multiple parties loaded in the same attraction vehicle. So, from that perspective, it didn’t seem practical for Disney to operate the submarines, which require Guests to sit in very close quarters. It is essentially impossible to enforce social distancing on this attraction.
Now, however, social distancing measures have ended. The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is still listed as “Temporarily Unavailable” on the official Disneyland website, as you can see below, but the signage inside the theme park indicates that we have not seen the end of this attraction. It looks like Disney is gearing up to reopen the submarines in the Tomorrowland Lagoon, which will bring yet another attraction back to Disneyland Park and give Guests even more to enjoy at the Happiest Place on Earth.
Oddly, the attraction is not listed as “Closed for Refurbishment” on the Park Hours calendar on the Disneyland website at the time of this article’s publication.
An exact opening date has not yet been announced for Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, but we will report back when Disney shares any official updates.
More About Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
The official Disneyland website shares the following description of the submarine attraction, including tips for those who cannot ride:
Dive into the Deep
With all the humor and heart of the original film, this immersive submarine ride takes you on an unforgettable ocean adventure—to find a missing clown fish.
Climb down into a yellow research submarine operated by the Nautical Exploration and Marine Observation Institute (N.E.M.O.).
Peek through the portholes as you sail past scuba divers and artifacts of an ancient civilization scattered along the seafloor.
Some familiar fins soon swim into view: it’s Nemo and his turtle pal, Squirt, with Marlin and Dory hot on their trail. During your underwater adventure, you’ll encounter other friends from the movie, including Bruce the Shark, Mr. Ray, Gill, Bubbles, Pearl, Peach, Crush and more—and thanks to special “sonar hydrophones,” you can hear what everyone’s saying!
Will Marlin and Dory ever find Nemo? Just keep swimming to find out!
A Unique View
You’ll see a slightly different view depending on where you sit in the submarine. You may spot Nemo at certain times when others can’t see him at all. Don’t worry: everyone will be able to see and hear Nemo along the journey.
Watch from Shore
For those unable to navigate the narrow steps down into the submarine, you can proceed to the Observation Outpost at the end of the dock. Manned by a member of the N.E.M.O. Institute, this facility offers a high-definition, live-feed video version of the voyage via onboard “SubCam.”
Are you happy to see the return of the Disneyland submarines this winter? Let us know in the comments!