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Fun Find Friday

October 19, 2012

Location: New Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom

This past week we've been going New Fantasyland crazy covering every little inch of this new, extremely detailed section of the park. I've been holding back on one Fun Find though that I particularly love.

Let's begin by turning back the clock. In 1971 the Magic Kingdom opened up with several attractions that were sure to please guests of all ages. One of the largest attractions built here was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The attraction took guests Under the Sea (see what I'm doing here?) to explore the sea life below, battle squids, and a whole lot more. Overall, it was an amazing attraction, but it unfortunately shut down in 1994. The attraction sat there (while some parts of it were slowly taken away) until 2004 when it was decided that the lake would be drained and land would be added.

The following year Pooh's Playful Spot opened on the location where 20,000 Leagues once stood. To pay homage to the former attraction, Imagineers put a carving of the Nautilus, the ship from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, inside Mr. Sanders tree as seen below:

Eventually, the Fantasyland Expansion was announced and after some changes in what would stay and what would go, it was decided that Mr. Sanders Tree would find a new home at the entrance to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. At the same time a new attraction based around the sea was being planned called Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. This attraction would also sit on the same land that 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea once sat.

Due to this, Imagineers decided it would be best if they once again gave a nod to the attraction that originally occupied this space. So ladies and gentleman, next time you are walking through the Under the Sea queue stop when you get to the first set of bubblers (drinking fountains for you non-Wisconsinites) in the line. Take a look to the left of them over the ledge and on the back wall you will find the following image:

So there you have it. Two current attractions that pay homage to a classic attraction that is truly missed by guests of all ages. Until next week, just keep swimming!


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