Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sub Lagoon, August 1963

Here's a nice late afternoon shot looking down into the submarine lagoon as the Seawolf gets underway for it's voyage - a trip that will eventually take it beneath the polar ice caps. The shadows make the water appear as if it has indigo dye added to it.

This second picture is kind of neat, looking across the lagoon (from the Monorail platform, perhaps). This time it's the Nautilus chugging along through "liquid space", while the freeways of the Autopia are packed with cars.


Nanook said...

Wow-! Two more terrific shots featuring "liquid space". Now I really want to dive in - or at least hop aboard an Autopia car so I can look deep into the blue waters up close.

Thanks, Major.

Nancy said...

Just the other day was watching Disneyland '59 (again!) and got to see liquid space. These subs were so cool, so space-age in their look. Never got to ride them, but lucky enough to travel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea a few times!!

Thanks for the great Sunday pictures! :)

K. Martinez said...

In the second pic you can really see the layers of the Disneyland '59 area with the Submarine Lagoon and Motor Boat Cruise waterways below and the Fantasyland Autopia and Monorail beams above. You can really see the changes in elevation on the Monorail and Autopia tracks and where the Submarine Voyage building fits in here. In the upper center there are two monorail pylons reconfigured to accommodate the Autopia track. There is so much to look at in this image!

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, I'm glad you like these... I feel like they are awfully similar to many other photos in my collection (maybe not pic #2). Maybe I've grown jaded!

Nancy, from what I've heard, the experience of riding the subs, whether in Anaheim or Orlando, was pretty similar, with only minor differences.

K. Martinez, Thanks for pointing out some details that I missed. Things got even more impressive when the Peoplemover was added. A real labyrinth of paths that was pretty amazing!

stu29573 said...

I never thought about how lucky I was to have ridden both coasts' versions. Yes, they were almost exactly the same, but the WDW script was changed so that Captain Nemo was in charge. I can remember at Disneyland being convinced we actually went down!

K. Martinez said...

I feel fortunate I was able to experience both submarine attractions as well. Little did we know back then that someday several of the major classic and long-established attractions would disappear from the parks forever.

Nanook said...

Make that three votes for being lucky enough to experience both Submarine attractions. In so many ways both versions provided a most unique theme park experience, equaled nowhere else.

But maybe their time had come, as I witnessed, as long ago as the early 1990's. At the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction, I overheard a brother tell his sister: "Even the bubbles are fake-!..." - and the two of them were probably around six to eight years old. Perhaps not putting routine maintenance and timely refreshes on the 'back burner' might have helped.

Anonymous said...

Love these views of the lagoon. Wide expanses of water are always restful. I often wished there was a dining venue adjacent to the Tommorowland lake as was done in Frontierland.
I hope we don't lose it.

One of the best parts of the Peoplemover was that slow ride through the forest in the back of beyond. What a complex of movement, never will be duplicated.