I don't want it to close. :<
Once we see the water going back into the lagoon, you can assume that the subs are safe. But until then, I do think there's a risk. That attraction is such a notorious money-eater that some people in the company will look for any excuse to close it.
If it turns out that the Submarines don't sail again after this closure, Disney won't have any credibility left when it comes to refurbishment announcements. I really hope they do come back (and if they came back without Nemo, even better -- but I'd rather have them with Nemo than not at all), but every time I see the old PeopleMover/Rocket Rods track still sitting there empty and unused 13 years after the Rocket Rods closed for "refurbishment," it makes me worry about the lagoon sitting full of water but unused again, just like the last nine year run without an attraction in that location.
I hate to say it, but I don't really mind if the Subs actually go away. The Finding Nemo theme is ok, but nothing great. I just hope they don't pave over the pond. There needs to be a better way to use that spot. And the Subs themselves may be the actual issue in my book. Looking through a tiny porthole is kind of boring.
Is it sad that Disney hasn't found some other use for the building, in spite of ADA restrictions, or is the building an eyesore and reminder of a long-closed attraction that should be demolished?
In terms of the submarine.....I'm fine either way. While I'm sure there are groups that love it (as with any older attraction) If a new state of the art attraction opened in that space, I can't see too many people complaining.
Maybe you won't see them, but you'll certainly read and hear them!
And the CEO left deciding that the subs should be closed. Someone correct my memory if I am wrong because I want to be accurate but this is how I remember the article about this.
It made me think that if not for Finding Nemo and the merchandise that brings in for Disney that the subs would have been closed in California soon after that too. The Consumer Products division saved the subs in my opinion because they wanted that conversion to the Nemo characters to sell more Nemo stuff to kiddies.
I think what's going to end up ultimately happening is this:
* subs get ripped out of Disneyland if Consumer Products thinks Star Wars merchandise sales will benefit from closing the subs and having that space repurposed for Star Wars
* a new Nemo ride gets built in DCA, near the Little Mermaid ride, on Paradise Pier.
This way, Consumer Products gets to drive Nemo merchandise across the esplanade AND they get the big Star Wars merchandise point of sale at Disneyland.
Just my take on what I think will ultimately happen, but it won't be an overnight thing. I bet that the Florida "stinky sub" trick will be used again though.