The Seas with Nemo & Friends is a relatively new take on a pavilion that has been a part of Epcot’s Future World since 1986. It was updated to include the theming and characters of the Pixar blockbuster Finding Nemo.
When the original pavilion opened, it was known as The Living Seas. It invited guests to a short theater presentation called “The Seas” which showed how the world’s oceans were created. From there, guests went into hydro-laters which took them to “Seacabs”, small ride vehicles which moved guests under the large aquarium giving them a view of it the entire way.
As for the aquarium, it is still there. When it opened, it was the largest man-made underwater environment in existence at 5.7 million gallons. Today, that record is held by another aquarium but the creatures in the Seas Aquarium do not care! Everything from dolphins to manatees to a coral reef can be seen here.
The pavilion started experiencing changes in 2003 when the first theming from the Pixar movie Finding Nemo was introduced. More changes were added over the next couple of years until the pavilion closed in the summer of 2005 to undergo major renovation.
Opening a few months later, guests are now treated to a complete Nemo experience. The queue line upon entering is filled with underwater artifacts and imagery. From there, guests board “Clamobiles”, ride vehicles shaped like Clams, which taken them not only through the aquarium, but also through a storyline involving the Nemo characters. Disney has used some imagineering to project the Pixar characters into the aquarium.
Once off the ride, guests are free to wander about the area looking at interactive exhibits, the aquarium itself and even an attraction called Turtle Talk with Crush.
Thanks to ajruck who provided the video shown above.