My first post here, so it had better be a good one.
Accordingly, enjoy these photos from Magic Kingdom’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Taken in 1976 during a refurbishment when the lagoon was drained.
I truly miss the graveyard of lost ships, the mermaids, the deep sea fish, the giant squid, Captain Nemo’s crew ‘farming’ the ocean floor, the sea serpent, the polar ice cap, and all the rest. It was magical, evocative, and eerie: a true Disney masterpiece.
Losing it to be replaced with a Pooh playground, and now, a lackluster Little Mermaid dark ride mainly, is a damn shame. The recent chipping away at the distinctive Magic Kingdom experience (as well as the WDW resort as a whole, counting Epcot, Adventurer’s Club closing, etc) does make me sad. But, at least some relics like these photos to enjoy and remind us of past days.
Thanks to Hoot Gibson, D. Applewhite, and Chief at Fresh Roasted Corn for sharing these amazing photos.
it blows my mind to see these pictures of it all clean and beautiful.
for comparison, here’s what these very same animatronics looked like after the ride shut down (WARNING FOR GENUINE NIGHTMARE FUEL):