Epcot’s Turtle Talk With Crush Review and Video

by All Things Mouse Staff on May 23, 2010
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Just like the Seas pavilion itself, attractions inside the pavilion have been added or modified to reflect the wildly popular Pixar blockbuster movie Finding Nemo.  One excellent example of this is the Turtle Talk With Crush attraction which opened at the Seas on November 16, 2004.

In fact, when the attraction first opened, it was so popular that plans were almost immediately drawn up for it to be moved to a larger section of the pavilion to allow for additional crowds.  This switch occurred a couple of years later when the pavilion officially opened as the Seas with Nemo and Friends.

Guests to the attraction are usually amazed by the comedy and technology involved with the show.  Upon entering, guests are seated in a movie theater style room with a large screen (pretending to be a window into the sea) in front of them.  Children are asked to sit on the floor in front of the screen “so that they can see the show better.”

Once everyone is seated, a cast member welcomes everyone to the attraction and gives the standard spiel about exits and such.  Then, the cast member asks for some audience participation to ask the Finding Nemo character Crush to join them.  Crush is a sea turtle who is portrayed as a “surfer-dude” complete with all of the appropriate mannerisms and vocabulary.

Crush introduces himself and then begins into his routine of guest interaction.  His image and his speech all help provide the illusion to the audience that he is real.  He engages the crowd, most notably the children, by asking them questions.  Not wanting to keep all the fun to himself, he lets the guests (once again mostly the children) ask him questions.

The technology used for this attraction is cutting-edge allowing the Crush image to really appear as if he is floating in the water while his interaction with the crowd draws them into his world.

Thanks to marktreker for providing the above video.

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