Greetings from a longtime lurker. I was inspired to post this after reading the entry on the old Submarine Voyage over on Yesterland.
Seeing as the accepted wisdom is that the old Submarine Voyage closed for good back in 1998, I don't expect anyone here to believe my story, unless you were one of the lucky guests or CM's who were there.
It was July, 1999. I was living with my aunt and uncle and their two teenage daughters while I did an internship with a Hollywood post-production company. My uncle's best friend was dying of cancer, so it was a very stressful time for the whole family, and my cousins needed something to take their minds off things. The girls decided they wanted to spend a Saturday at Disneyland and, being a lifelong Disney fan myself, thought that that was an excellent idea.
We headed to the park early that morning, talking about the fun we'd have that day and what rides we wanted to ride. Of course, I knew we wouldn't be riding the subs, given that they had been closed the previous year, and it was uncertain whether they would ever open again.
Imagine our surprise when, late that morning, we discovered people were lining up to ride the subs! We quickly got in line and, after somewhat of a wait, found ourselves voyaging beneath the "sea"! I savored every moment of that ride, hopeful that this might be a sign that it would re-open for good, but knowing that it could very well be our final Submarine Voyage.
Of course, I have no documentation of this, and have never seen anything on the web talking about the brief moment when the subs were re-opened. I'm just wondering if there's anybody else out there reading this who was lucky enough to ride the subs after they were "officially" closed?