The Complete Guide to The Seas with Nemo & Friends (EPCOT)

The Seas with Nemo & Friends is one of the most underrated attractions at Walt Disney World.  Located in the World of Nature area of EPCOT just to the right of Spaceship Earth, this enormous pavilion features a number of different attractions and experiences that would be appealing to visitors of all ages.

This attraction includes a very smooth dark ride based on the Pixar movie franchise Finding Nemo, a huge 5.7 million gallon saltwater aquarium with a number of exhibits & educational presentations, an interactive show, gift shop and a sit down restaurant.

Find out all that this pavilion has to offer in our Complete Guide to The Seas with Nemo & Friends.

Finding Nemo “The Ride’

Guests board a “clamobile” for an undersea adventure with Nemo, Marlin, Dory, Bruce, Crush, Mr. Ray and a number of your other favorite characters as well as music from the Pixar movie Finding Nemo.  Just like in the movie, Marlin and Dory go on a journey through the oceans to find Nemo dodging jellyfish and that pesky shark Bruce.

The four-minute ride is quite smooth in nature and since there are no height restrictions, suitable for riders of all ages.  Each ride vehicle seats up to three guests (two adults and one child) and the front of the vehicle closes when the ride commences.

Wait times vary based on the time of year but are typically less than 30 minutes.  Individual Lightning Lanes are available for those looking to bypass the standby queue.

This attraction was reimagined in 2007 from the original “The Living Seas” pavilion to the Nemo theming.

The Aquarium

When the ride is finishes guests disembark from their clamobile into a massive two-story indoor pavilion that houses the 5.7 million gallon saltwater aquarium.  According to published reports, this is one of the largest aquariums in the U.S. and features approximately 8,500 individual marine life and marine mammals including sharks, rays, dolphin and sea turtles.

Guests can view the area from a number of different places on both the second floor and the ground level.  A tunnel walkway on the second levels has some of the best viewing as there are windows on both sides.

The upper level features the sea turtles, sharks & rays and the dolphins.  The first floor includes the manatees and other marine life.

In addition to all the sea creatures, guests will find a “Hidden Mickey” along the sand at the bottom of the large aquarium tank. 

The Nursery

The attraction features a “Nursery” which is located on the second floor of the pavilion.  Guests can learn more about all forms of marine life as well how they grow and thrive.  The nursery a number of smaller tanks as well as exhibits and interactive educational experiences.

Bruce’s Shark World

On the first floor of the pavilion is a fun and educational play area designed for kids know as Bruce’s Shark World.  Kids will enjoy the various displays while learning more about sharks.

Manatee Exhibit

Located on the second level of the pavilion is the Manatee Rehabilitation Center.  During the course of the day cast members hold live educational presentations where visitors can learn more about these endangered species as well as ask questions about how manatees live.

Ocean Life

On the first floor is one of the most amazing exhibits in the pavilion.  Known as Ocean Life, visitors will see a number of different aquarium tanks that house varying species of marine life.  There is even a large digital display at the rear of the exhibit which is very enjoyable to watch.

Turtle Talk with Crush!

One of the most funny attractions at this pavilion is Turtle Talk with Crush! Guests get to have a 15-minute conversation with that silly turtle called Crush.  Since this is a highly interactive show, it is completely different each and every time.

Designed with younger kids in mind, Crush talks about his sea friends, his food and event the East Australian Current.  You are free to asking him questions and you may find some of his friends may also pay a visit during the show.

Wait times to talk with Crush vary but range from about 10 minutes to 30 minutes on most typical days. Individual Lightning Lanes are available for those looking to bypass the standby queue but these are not usually needed.

Finding Dory’s Friends Scavenger Hunt

If by chance visitors get through all the attractions and exhibits, there is the Finding Dory’s Friends, “A Fin-Tastic Scavenger Hunt”.  Perfect for kids, this scavenger hunt will take you through all the different area of this pavilion to find a number of sea creatures including a sandbar shark, manatee, black-blotch ray and a seahorse.

Gift Shop

What would a Disney attraction be without a gift shop at the exit. Visitors will find all things Nemo including stuffed animals, shirts and other souveniers.

Coral Reef Restaurant

In the Coral Reef Restaurant diners enjoy amazing seafood and American cuisine while facing 50 foot long windows that provide views of the attractions aquarium. The tables rows are tiered so there is not a bad seat in the entire restaurant.

This dining venue is open daily for both lunch and dinner service starting at 11:30 AM.  Dinner entrees include Seared Verlasso Salmon ($29.00), Grilled Mahi Mahi ($33.00), a 10 oz Prime Rib ($36.00) and Shrimp & Grits ($34.00).   Kids entrees include a fish of the day, grilled chicken or shimp, mac & cheese and junior prime rib. Beer, wine and specialty cocktails are also offered at the Coral Reef Restaurant.

While it is possible to get a walk up table, advanced reservations are highly recommended.

Jerry Joyce

Jerry Joyce has been a Florida resident since 1988 and has lived in a variety of places in the South Florida area. Jerry is an avid boater & water sports enthusiast, beach aficionado, a lover of great food, muscle car fan and a theme park annual passholder for many years. Some of his favorite places in Florida include the Florida Keys, Walt Disney World, Cedar Key, the Loxahatchee River, St. Augustine and Ten Thousand islands.

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