You can almost guarantee that when Disney Imagineering “De-imagine” a ride a remove it there will be a small tribute in some way.
20,000 leagues under the sea permanently closed in 1996, but it wasn’t until 2004 that the lagoon was filled in. Killing all hopes of a re worked version opening. For a short period there was a Winnie the Pooh children’s play area called “Pooh’s Thotful Spot”. This was a great place to let the kids let of steams and give the parents a chance to sit down. With in Rabbits house was a small carving of the Nautilus from 20,000 leagues. This was a tribute to the previous attraction at this location. As The Many adventures of Winnie the Pooh got plussed the tree moved accross the road. The tribute is still inside the house.
The current occupant of the 20,000 league lagoon is “Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid”. So it is only fitting that the tradition is kept up and the tribute is in place.
The above photo is the Nautilus submarines that guests boarded to “Dive Dive Dive!”
Below is a replica of the Nautilus that was available to purchase from efxcollectibles.com It doesn’t appear to be there anymore.
Here is the tribute in the rocky grotto queuing area. Its subtle but highly detailed.
Thanks to Nick LoCicero for the Nautilus rock carving photo.
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