The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion opened to the public in 1986 as The Living Seas. It was the largest man-made underwater environment in the world at its completion (since surpassed by the ). The concept of the building was to take visitors under the ocean to 'Sea Base Alpha'. Visitors would watch a short movie then take a simulated elevator ride to the ocean floor via a 'Hydrolator.' Guests then would ride the Caribbean Coral Reef Ride in a "seacab" along an underwater tunnel through the aquarium. From there guests would ride around 'Sea Base Alpha' getting an up-close view of the marine life. They would then disembark into the main exhibit area where they could interact with various multimedia displays.
In 2003, the process of bringing in elements of the film began. This includes the now popular Turtle Talk with Crush show where the sea turtle Crush talks to the audience about marine life by usage of an innovative live system. In 2005, closed for its extensive Finding Nemo lay over, which included removing the hydrolators and changing the Seacabs ride. The pavilion reopened in October 2006 with a new name, The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion as part of Disney's celebration.
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Located in a corner Future World, to the right of The Land, is the Seas with Nemo and Friends. As you approach you'll see a garden area with eight sculptures of Finding Nemo characters including Nemo, Marlin, Dory, and Gil.
"The Seas with Nemo and Friends" was officially dedicated January 2007 marking the completion of a transition from the original paviliion to a new one themed to the popular Disney-Pixar movie, Finding Nemo.