It is no secret that I miss the original Submarine Voyage attraction and find the current Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage to be a letdown. I have mostly avoided the attraction unless a friend is with me and they haven't seen it yet or want to.
However, I saw the lovely subs gliding through liquid space yesterday and thought, "Well, it's not the old attraction, but the subs are still the same, and I want to take a ride in a submarine." So, to my boyfriend's surprise, I told him that I wanted to ride the attraction.
When the attraction opened in 2007, there was a lot of hoopla and information about how WDI was painting the update lagoon. They created a recyclable glass so that it was eco-friendly and would last much longer than the old paint did.
But when I went on the attraction yesterday, I was shocked to see that the lagoon was looking reminiscent of the way it did before the original attraction closed when it was in such a dilapidated state. The paint is dull, chipped and faded. Sea anemones have lost all of their tentacles. Fish are bleached.
It's been a little over 4 years since the attraction opened and it has never really gone down for a real refurb. In it's first few months of operation, it closed for a few days (reportedly for testing for those really amazing Angler fish we were supposed to get, but the KUKA arms apparently didn't fit in the dry boxes...biggest waste for that attraction's budget) - but that is the extent of it. Most of Disneyland's main E-tickets get a refurb in every now and then, but Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage hasn't for some reason.
The inside portion of the ride looks much better than the outside, though it could use a little TLC here and there as well. Is Disney just going to let history repeat itself in such a short period of time? The attraction isn't even 5 years old. The lagoon needs to be drained and cleaned up.
Has anyone heard of any potential refurbs coming up for the attraction?