On “letting go” of your children…
Marlin: How do you know if they’re ready?
Crush: Well, you never really know, but when they know, you know, y’know?
A few weeks ago, I donned a pair of 3D glasses and sat inside a screening room at the Walt Disney Studios to watch Finding Nemo for the first time since my children were born. I’ve seen the film several times, but on that particular evening, I was moved to tears, likely because I am a mother now, and the reality of eventually letting my children go into the world is a certainty. This weekend, Finding Nemo 3D will “swim” into theaters and will offer both new viewers and those who love the film, a colorful, immersive way to experience the film.
If you’ve frequented the Disneyland Resort, you’ve likely experienced Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, which takes guests deep into the waters to experience the world where Nemo and his friends live. One of the things I love about Disney Parks is the connection to the films we love and a deeper opportunity to delve into their worlds. In this particular experience, which is found at Disneyland Park, families board a yellow research submarine of the Nautical Exploration and Marine Observation Institute (N.E.M.O.) and explore the deep sea via authentic portholes.
My children absolutely love this attraction, particularly when Nemo and his friends appear and we hear them talking as a result of a new technology called “sonar hydrophones.” There are many references to the original film, including the characters’ venture into the East Australian Current. Every ride at the resort has a story, and in this adventure, Nemo has gotten lost and we follow as Marlin (his father) searches for him amidst a sea of beautiful aquatic wonders. Before entering or leaving the experience, be sure to note the seagulls perched ashore crying out, “Mine! Mine!”
As often as we visit the resort, there are still attractions we’ve yet to see. We definitely have our favorites and tend to gravitate towards those, however, there are several unique experiences you won’t want to miss at the resort. During my latest visit to Disney California Adventure Park, we chatted with the totally awesome Crush from Finding Nemo.
Turtle Talk With Crush offers guests a unique opportunity to converse with the infamous sea turtle through innovative technology including computer graphic techniques, image projection, and live improv. Families enter the theater where they sit in front of an aquarium-style window with a view of Crush under the sea. Crush asks and answers questions from the audience and each show is different and individual to the guests in attendance. Kids will love the fact that Crush recognizes and identifies them, offering a more personalized experience. I also think this is a wonderful experience for children looking to talk to their favorite characters.
Finding Nemo 3D debuts in theaters on September 14th! Stay tuned for my review of the film later this week.
No compensation was received for this post. I was invited to a media event and provided entrance to the park as well as accommodations, meals, & travel.
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