Take a ride 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea in 3D sound

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a Magic Kingdom opening-day attraction and one of the most unique rides that ever graced an amusement park. A cousin to Disneyland’s Voyage Through Liquid Space, whose script seems to have been largely based off of sections of Jules Verne’s book about Captain Nemo’s voyages anyway, wisely relocated the attraction from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland.

After waiting in a line that regularly took an hour or more, park guests descended into the open hatch of one of twelve Nautilus ships for a voyage around a large concrete lagoon and into a cave disguising a show building where the more elaborate underwater scenes were staged.

The attraction ran until 1994, when it was officially “closed for maintenance” for an undisclosed amount of time, which ultimately turned out to be forever. Although not admitted publicly, the park and many fans knew that the subs were finished. The lagoon sat filled with water for years, giving fans false hope that the subs would return eventually. At one point an Ariel meet and greet was tacked onto the back corner. It stayed like this for 10 years, until the lagoon was finally demolished to make way for a Winnie the Pooh playground and ultimately the New Fantasyland expansion.

The two-microphone ride-through was recorded in early 1994. The queue and binaural ride-thru was recorded on 9/5/1994, the attraction’s final day of operation.

Sony MZ-1 MiniDisc recorder
2 Radio Shack 33-1089 omni mics
The Head


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  1. Bert "Bass" O'Connor

    April 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I worked 20K from 1974 to 1978 as an attraction host, trainer, and Lead.
    It’s said that 20K was shut down because of water leaks into the tunnel area and men’s dressing room, but if that were true, why was the lagoon kept full of water for a decade? How sad that it was shut down. I’ll have many fond (and not so fond) memories working there.

    1. How Bowers

      April 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks for finding the site. I really like yours! I may call on you when the Retro Disney World podcast does its show on 20K.

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