Many moons ago, when I was a small child I used to love "The Living Seas" pavilion at Epcot Center. It wasn't the most impressive to most people but I always loved how you felt underwater, plus they had one of the only aquariums in Orlando. However, this new incarnation of the pavilion, featuring projected cartoon Disney fish? It just annoys me.
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Allow me to explain-
Opened in 1986, The Living Seas was a building marvel sponsored by United Technologies. It was deemed to be the 6th largest man-made ocean featuring an impressive nearly 6 million gallons of salt water.
It provided both entertainment and education. A quick run down of the attraction is as follows. You had a short pre-show movie called "The Seas" which talked about earths volcanic past and how our oceans where formed. From there you entered a false elevator called a "Hydrolator" which gave the illusion of descending hundreds of feet into the ocean, your destination being Sea Base Alpha. From here you would enter your "Seacab" which would travel though the ocean, giving you information along the way and drop you at your arrival point.
Which brings me to Nemo and why it annoys the piss out of me.
Most of the education is gone, replaced with cartoon fish which don't really tell you anything other then "be nice to the ocean". They don't tell you why or even why not- just be nice. You don't even get classic Disney with this attraction, you get said cartoon fish projected onto the glass with those real fish things sometimes swimming behind that. It's an over-glorified fish tank. If I wanted to see that, I'd stuff "Finding Nemo" aquarium decorations in my home aquarium!
People tend to head straight to "Turtle Talk with Crush" then they leave. The education parts have been relegated to signs, sometimes featuring more cartoon fish. There is no narration and no point anymore to the few remaining exhibits, the only area we found employees talking about the animals were at the Manatee tank. No one is really impressed with it, except for kids who are there only for the cartoon fish. I was bored stupid in 10 minutes flat, perhaps I'm now the minority but I enjoy learning new things. The Seas with Nemo and Friends has almost none of that left.
They were utterly appalled at the idea of an animal dying at Disney- How DARE they show that to children! Fish live and die, it happens- Remember that whole "Circle of Life" thing which Lion King taught us? Disney didn't do it on purpose, they can't control when an animal (any animal) will reach the end of it's life. It's sad but it's life. To act like they can just shows how dumb people have really become.
It's a sad thing but what more can you expect from a world where everything has to be pasteurized for you?