I think Finding Nemo is dated, and very confusing for people who haven't seen the movie. A few days after I rode it for the first time, I thought: "What if I hadn't seen the movie?" Then I imagined those who went on a submarine ride, and heard "Now we're going to find Nemo and his friends!" and they were probably thinking, "Who's Nemo?" Then they notice it's probably the little clownfish that everybody's calling. And random characters appear, and you're wondering "How do THEY know Nemo?" Then by the end, you'll probably not notice that Marlin is Nemo's dad unless you're a repeat visitor, or if you rent the movie.
That's the only problem with submarine voyage right now, and I'm not even sure if it'll last for more than 10 years. I'm aware of this which is why I propose a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction. I know some of you are thinking that to understand it, you'd have to read the book or rent the movie, but no. You're introduced to these characters in the preshow.
I haven't really figured where to put the queue. We'd probably have to remove Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters to divide the building half to 20,000 Leagues and half to the new PeopleMover project. So that's my best guess of how to do the queue.
Entering the queue, we're walking through Arronax's museum back in France. If you haven't read the book and don't know who Arronax is, he's the main character Jules Verne talks through in the book. Ok, but ordinary people who haven't read the book will see this museum as an awesome queue to display the certain fish that will be found on the ride. Yes, the fish could be real if WDI wants them to. Orrr they could make fossil replicas of these fish, so they display preserved dead fish (just models, never been alive), whatever floats their boat (get it? 20,000 Leagues, float your boat... mehh...)
So among here, we see unique fish, and at the end of the museum, we see a huge newspaper from the 1860s, warning about the Giant Squid spotted in the ocean depths.
The next part of the queue will wind into a submarine loading dock, where the preshow starts. Captain Nemo (animatronic) will appear from behind the curtains. At first, he's frozen, sitting at his desk, reading over some documents. When the spotlight comes on, he turns and looks at you, introducing himself as "Captain Nemo, ruler of the sea, and inventor of the Nautilus". Through plasma flat screen TVs, we see a three-dimensional view of the submarines, how they perform briefly, and our mission: to explore the underwater depths for the lost continent of Atlantis.
An alarm sounds and Nemo tells you to quickly proceed into the Nautilus, because storms are threatening the safety of sea conditions, and we might not be able to surface for hours if we don't leave immediately. So we're led outside to the mystical island of Vulcania, as we've found out, where Nemo lived and manufactured the Nautilus.
So we see tropical plants, rocks, and waterfalls everywhere, much like MK's 20,000 Leagues attraction, except seriously updated. Everybody can look at the lagoon of Vulcania and admire the beauty, while watching people board their submarines, and slowly leave the dock.
In the lagoon, we're cruising through Vulcania lagoon, which Captain Nemo explains as "the last safe haven from this point, and to continue forth will present more dangers". Here, we see the unique and tropical creatures in Vulcania, which could be sea turtles, basses, tangs, whatever safe and passive creatures that could be presented.
Then Nemo dives below the surface, and following the book, we visit the underwater forests, where we nearly get attacked by a giant sea spider, and soon some sharks as well. Anyhow, I'm not exactly sure how the rest of the story goes EXACTLY, but I'll try to guess, since I haven't read it for a few months. I believe we then venture to the polar ice cap, to the deep ocean, and are attacked by a giant squid.
Ok, the giant squid scene could be seriously updated, and it'd be extremely scary. Ok, imagine the submarine vibrating, a hissing noise, a sudden stop, and being plunged into darkness.
Nemo asks over the intercom, "What's wrong? Why did we stop?"
The in-command replies, "I'm not sure. If we struck a reef, the impact would've felt enormous. My guess is... we caught something."
"No," Nemo replies unsteadily, "We didn't catch something... something caught US."
Tentacles creep upward very slowily, and the second in-command shouts, "Sir! It's a..."
"Giant Squid!!" the in-command screams.
Just then, the pressure gauges go berserk, the sound of leaks rise, and horrifyingly, the sound of flooding! "We've sprung a leak in the passenger room!" the in-command shouts.
"Our guests!" Captain Nemo yells, then speaks to the audience, "Everybody stay calm and completely silent, for there is a danger among us. If it doesn't see or hear us, we'll be fine."
Just then... the giant squid's eye is present. The in-command screams, the sound of lashing tentacles comes, and a splash is heard.
"What happened?" Captain Nemo shouts.
The second in-command says, "The squid got him!"
"What!?" Captain Nemo exclaims.
A huge rumble, vibration, and explosion occurs, red and white flashes happen, the bubbles and water turn red, the submarine lights come on and off, before the light bulbs explode one-by-one (special effect of course, only the noise happens and each light is turned off individually).
A ghastly roar in the red water, and the squid's mouth is seen. Everything goes black, and a crunching noise happens. Then an electric zap... The lights come back on as if Nemo fixed them, and everything looks like we've surfaced again.
Captain Nemo says, "Sorry for the scare. The squid caused an explosion in the engine room, but thankfully, it wasn't anything too major. We've escaped, and probably, we won't venture that far beneath the sea again."
Something like that. Sorry for the long details, but I just imagined this horrifying scene in my mind. When the squid's eye shows, maybe it could look similar to TDS's?
I'm still forming the ride, but what do you think about a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction in 10 or 20 years in the Tomorrowland lagoon? Maybe sooner? I love the idea! How about you?