Wednesday, January 18, 2012

DDW Pic 141. The Seas with Nemo & Friends

The Seas with Nemo & Friends
This photo from our most recent trip was taken aboard our "clam-mobile" on The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot. Chum the shark is pictured here lurking in the hull of a sunken ship. The technology on this ride is amazing, with the final scene featuring animated characters from the Pixar movie appearing among the live fish in the gigantic saltwater aquarium. At one time, this was the largest aquarium in America. There has been controversy among Disney purists about the infusion of "animated characters" into this pavilion starting in 2004. However, in my opinion, by inserting the entertainment aspect into an otherwise educational attraction, it has brought in a whole new generation of fans. Once inside this huge pavilion, guests still have the opportunity to learn more about marine life and underwater exploration. I think that The Seas with Nemo & Friends is a great example of Disney "edutainment."

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