I got to ride tonight as well at 9:30. I really liked it! They only had the portion of the queue that is next to Tomorrowland Terrace and partially around the lagoon being used. They were not using the queue that goes all the way around the lagoon up to the old smoking area. But that part still took us an hour and half. Since this was the first day having any type of guests on the Subs, the line did creep. Also, there were only 5 out of 8 Subs running.
They did a great job in the lagoon! As was said, it's amazing how you feel like you are looking out into the sea from your porthole. You first go by Darla. We went by pretty fast, but she's basically floating up and down, smiling with her mouth full of metal and braces, just like the movie. Then you come through the ruins and the other diver floating up and down. The coral is next and looks so cool! Very colorful, even at night. The use of LED lighting shows here. After you dive deeper and go into the caves, you see the crab fighting off eels and some eels lunging out right towards your porthole. Then you start hearing Nemo's friends and Mr Ray. The way the did the projections and screens is really good. They worked it totally into whatever scene you're in. It's not just a bunch of rockwork around the glass/screens. You come to the EAC (East Austrailian Current) and they did this really well. You see Crush and Squirt as anamatronic at first. They have the animated current going along and you can see the sub is going right for it. You enter it and then see the animated Crush and Squirt and Nemo. I think one of the most clever was in the shipwreck where they had smaller and larger screens kind of here and there, showing Dory and Marlin looking and the wreckage. Also, in those same scenes, you see Bruce the shark in the background, watching. A bit later, Bruce is actually talking to us and telling us to be careful of the balloons and we wouldn't want one to pop. Well of course, we hit one, and lights go off in the sub 'electricity' goes along the inside of the sub walls and outside turns all red with bubbles. Then next is the jelly fish. I really like this scene. The jelly fish are really cool and their tops light up like electricity (not sure how the describe it). Then the next scene has Dory and Marlin up top, with 'real' jelly fish below and Dory is bouncing on top of them and they move as she does. It's really pretty cool! Then we come through a lot of little blue lights. Dory is commenting about them like from the movie. Then one Angler fish attacks, although it didn't move. Maybe not working yet? But they just had strobe lights on it. Still, it startled me how they did it and the fish is really close to you with its huge teeth. After that is the clamatic volcano scene. After surviving the volcano, there is a reunion of everyone. Then the next scenes are very colorful and has everyone happy to be back together again. Then you come up to a bunch of whales. Your sub actually gets eaten by one with Dory. You see the whales mouth and teeth as you go in. After Dory comments on it smelling like whale, you get shot back out its mouth after the whale sneezes. Then you hear the first mate ask the Captain of your Sub that maybe they should not mentioning this to anyone and he agrees. Then the "Beyond the Sea" song plays as you come up to the dock. I really liked it! Although it was a tad hard on my neck to to be looking out the porthole for so long. But it probably won't be a problem for most people.
Also, the water falls were on when we first got there in line. But soon after, they were shut off. I noticed as I was exiting the sub, the floor was wet under the hatch where you enter/exit. I bet they are having problems with water leaking in. If that's the case, maybe they should have been testing the falls with the subs a long time ago.
In any case, this was the very first preview night for the subs and they will still be working on them before the official opening. Can't wait to ride them again in about a week!