During the years I've browsed this forum, there is one thing that has become VERY clear to me. People are extremely passionate about the intended function of Tomorrowland: To offer a glimpse at future technologies. As such, when the Submarine Voyage was being resurrected with the Nemo theme, many posters were a bit miffed about the idea of a cartoon filled sea invading the futuristic land.
I, among others were cautious about the whole situation, but just happy to have the subs back. Six years after it's "resurfacing" it's clear that this ride is, in fact, a massive dud (to the diehards, at least). Imagineers already cleared the biggest hurtles that plagued the old ride, the need to continuously repaint the whole ride, along with the fact that the figures were completely submerged. It's like, the company waited nearly a decade to bring back this celebrated ride and quit halfway through. It.is.so...FRUSTRATING!
I've seen the suggestions that the Subs along with Autotopia be taken out, after all, this is PRIME real estate. However, I think it's clear to everyone that Disneyland does not have to get rid of the subs to build some amazing, futuristic ride. They can do all that with what they have! Thinking about this ride too much honestly makes me a little pissed off, because there is SO MUCH that can be done with the ride. The caverns are completely lined with glass. Disneyland could do ANYTHING in there. Their best, most lifelike animatronics would work PERFECTLY in there.
Forget Nemo, and don't go looking for Dory. Do you guys know what movie is currently in the works at Disney?
I'd imagine this will be a modern telling of the story, with cutting edge submersible technology that as of now, in 2013, we could only DREAM of. Sounds like Tomorrowland to me. Now, I know the possibility of the people high up in Disney management going for this over Nemo is a long shot, but just imagine what could be done.
Anyone familiar with the story knows that the story begins on a Navy ship Oh, imagine that, our Submarines are ALREADY military issue! Also, do you know what the purpose of their voyage was? To set out and find the creature that plagues the sea (which ends up being Nemo's Nautilus)! The layout of the ride works perfectly with the story. For crying out loud, the whole lagoon could be the setup and search for the creature, and the caverns the whole journey with Captain Nemo.
Picture the type of Squid Imagineering could create today, being that it would be completely safe and dry behind the glass! Imagineering could create their most advanced animatronic figures of Nemo, Land, and other ship members exploring the ocean, and we'd all be able to watch this from our vessel. I know this is a pipe dream, but I refuse to believe Disney is content to keep the ride as it is now over a long period of time.
I've always liked to imagine that some of the older guys like Tony Baxter jumped at the opportunity to do the Nemo overlay just so they could get the Subs back, but with the intention that an adequate overlay would take it's place.