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Visitors will shrink to Dory-size on Disney's new 'Finding Nemo' ride

April 26, 2017, 10:42 AM · Pandora and Guardians of the Galaxy surely are getting all the attention from Disney theme park fans in the United States, but let's not forget that Disney has a new attraction coming to Toyko DisneySea next month, too.

Like Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, Nemo and Friends SeaRider is a retheme of a former ride attraction — this time, the old StormRider 4D show. Instead of venturing inside a Category 5 typhoon, guests now are visiting the Discovery Bay location of the Marine Life Institute from Finding Dory. Disney Imagineers explain the changes to the attraction and what visitors can expect, in this new promotional video from the Tokyo Disney Resort.

If you were a fan of Adventure Through Inner Space or Body Wars, this one's for you, as Disney is revisiting the trope of shrinking the audience to visit a smaller-scaled world. You will be boarding a 122-seat "SeaRider" vehicle that will be shrunk to the size of a Blue Tang fish, to allow you better to observe the marine life around the institute.

Of course, along the way, you'll just happen to swim across several of the famous characters from the Finding Nemo franchise, sending you into a new, five-minute adventure with the beloved characters.

Nemo and Friends SeaRider opens officially May 12 at Tokyo DisneySea.

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April 26, 2017 at 10:54 AM · Wow, is it too much to hope they can find a way to get this to replace the Seas with Nemo at Epcot? Looks a whole lot better.
April 26, 2017 at 11:47 AM · Fans of Inner Space and Body Wars, keep looking. As far as the "shrink to the size of a ____" trope goes, this appears to be more like A Bug's Land or Toy Story Playland i.e. it is an excuse to spend time with characters from the film (in this case Nemo and friends) rather than an edutaining journey through chemistry or biology.
April 26, 2017 at 12:00 PM · I twice got violently sick on Body Wars, although I'm always doing fine on simulations, but that one was a huge stinker for me.
April 26, 2017 at 12:44 PM · Disney Imagineer: "The guests that experience 'Nemo and Friends SeaRider' aren't supposed to know that Nemo and Dory and Marlin exist in the sea. It's more of a surprise that we just happen to bump into them."

Then why call it "Nemo and Friends SeaRider" if we're not supposed to expect to see Nemo and his friends?

Disney logic is strange.

April 26, 2017 at 2:17 PM · I would not be surprised if this ends up at Disneyland's Tomorrowland Theatre.
April 26, 2017 at 7:22 PM · I'm sure it's based on the Nemo ride already at Disneyland's submarine ride and Epcot's Living Seas omnimover ride. Then again, Star Tours will be gone soon so they can choose Iron Man or Nemo.
April 26, 2017 at 8:38 PM · While storm rider was dated, it fit thematically into port discovery's steam punk aesthetic. This is an excuse to shoehorn in more Disney/Pixar characters where they don't belong.
April 26, 2017 at 9:09 PM · It's not based on the Submarine Nemo Ride at Disneyland. DisneySEA has a modified version of the original 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride, which in turn has a very similar experience to Disneyland's Submarine Nemo Ride. The ride system is most similar to a Star Tours vehicle but much larger. The ride will actually have an original plot involving the Nemo characters.
April 26, 2017 at 10:06 PM · 20K is not similar to the submarine ride. 20K is in front of practical sets and not actually in water. The submarine is below the water and the Nemo portion is on LED screens.
April 27, 2017 at 12:26 AM · Story wise Nemo is nearly the same as the 20,000 League ride. Effects and IP are different but it's generally the same sequence of events. SeaRiders story will be original.
April 28, 2017 at 5:00 AM · I like that the artwork has the same mural that is in front of the Living Seas!

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