Electerik Posted March 12, 2010 Author Share Posted March 12, 2010 (edited) Epcot is a strange park. It has its charms, to be sure. But even if you really, really like it, you have to admit that it's somewhat weird and dated. Of course, many areas have been updated and changed over the years, but that's mostly just served to make the park even more odd. One area that I think has been improved by recent changes, though, is The Seas with Nemo & Friends (formerly, The Living Seas). The main entrance to The Seas pavilion. The entrance leads to a queue. Which sounds normal enough, but somehow manages to be weird in this case. Welcome to Epcot. I really like these railings. (It's the little things that make me happy.) That's a big butt. The school of synchronized pointing fish from Finding Nemo direct you through the queue. Almost to the ride. (Which I'm pretty sure shares the same name as the pavilion it's a part of. Epcot.) You ride in "clamobiles," which should be fairly familiar to Haunted Mansion and/or Inner Space fans. But while these do turn around corners, they don't turn completely around. (So you constantly face "out.") The jellyfish bounce up and down. It sort of loses something in this photo. The scenery is a mix of props, animatronics and video displays. One of the ride's coolest tricks is projecting animated fish into an area with real fish. It's a nice, pleasant dark ride. Not quite Haunted Mansion, but above standard Fantasyland-quality. Erik & Smisty, sitting in a clam.... The ride dumps you (and I use that phrase with love) into Seabase, which is an aquarium, essentially. "Turtle Talk with Crush" was originally located in the Nemo & Friends area of Seabase, but proved so popular that it was moved to its own larger area. Basically, an animated Crush interacts with children in the audience, telling them to say "dude" a lot, and such. Honestly, I was skeptical going in, but it won me over pretty quickly. "Bruce's Sub House," sadly, does not serve sandwiches--but is, instead, a small interactive play area. When you rub the sharkskin, Bruce moans "Oh, that's nice" in a particularly disturbing way. No, seriously. Spin the wheels, line up the animal parts. Pretty standard stuff, really. One of these things is not like the others. Well, to be honest, it was sort of a leading question.... A perfect score! It's almost like we were playing a game designed for children! "Nemo and Friends" features real life (Nemo-like) fish. Found 'em! And here's Dory's good friend, Mr. Cuttlefish, who would like to speak to you about doomsday. Manatees. Like at SeaWorld (and everywhere else), they are very boring. This exhibit is two stories, so you can experience the dullness in two different ways. On the second level is a large "undersea" viewing area. See? Fish. A turtle and a not-particularly-hidden-but-still-pretty-cool-Mickey. "Explorers' Club" features fish and educational videos, and is very much the sort of thing The Living Seas was all about. Fun fish facts. Looking down from the second floor mezzanine. The exit gift shop is middle left. Would you like some Nemo crap?? (By which I mean, overpriced plush animals and stuff, not actual fish poop. Although....) Misty found something she wanted. And I found something that suited me. Also note the cool blue-tinged exit doors that suggest being underwater. Outside is this children's jungle gym. But we're not quite through with The Seas just yet.... Part of The Seas pavilion, but only accessible through a seperate outside entrance, is the Coral Reef Restaurant. This place doesn't look like it's ever been updated, which gives it a sort of retro cool. The menu. As you can see, it's not cheap. But it's not outrageous either, by Disney standards. Appropriately enough, Coral Reef features aquarium views. Pretty good table. Smisty declared this the best salmon she's ever had. So much for "fish are friends." I opted for the "appetizer for two" as my meal. It doesn't look like much, but it was a perfect amount of food, and quite tasty. And, of course, I had to have a dessert. This is the "Chocolate Wave" (which, according to our waiter, is one of only two items still on the menu from when they first opened). One last view of the aquarium from our table. Would I recommend Coral Reef? Definitely. This sign is cool for two reasons: 1. Water occasionally splashes up on it like a wave, and 2. the animatronic seagulls that cry, "Mine! Mine! Mine!" "The Seas with Nemo & Friends" is cool for lots of reasons. In fact, it's one of our favorite areas of Epcot. Edited March 13, 2010 by Electerik Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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