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Vinylmation with a Hint of Pixar

Posted by Ashley Rae on June 19, 2009

Vinylmation Park Series #2Now don’t get too excited thinking that I broke down and started collecting the 9″ Vinylmations.  A $39.95 price tag is still too high for me when they bring out six new toys per series, but I do believe they make great gifts.  This one I purchased for a friend who collects the Seagulls from Finding Nemo.  This Vinylmation is designed by Maria Clapsis and is limited to 550 copies.

Finding Nemo Seagulls' VinylmationVinylmation and ButtonVinylmation ButtonNemo Seagull CardWatch out when purchasing larger Vinylmations.  Each series offers a special 9″ Vinylmation.  Park Series #1 had a Haunted Mansion edition and Park Series #2 has a Mr. Incredible edition.  Both of these Vinylmations include a small 3″ Vinylmation that compliments the design and cannot be bought within the 3″ trays.  These special editions will cost you $74.95.  It is not a mistake.

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The Seas With Nemo & Friends

Posted by Ashley Rae on April 6, 2009

The Living Seas (1986-2006)

The Living Seas (1986-2006)

In 1986, The Living Seas pavilion opened and included a seacab ride through the aquarium, a movie about the development of the Earth and seas, and hydrolators which took you into Sea Base Alpha. Although the ride went through renovations during the years following which included the removal of the seacab attraction, nothing compared to the complete overhaul of The Living Seas in October 2006. A few years prior, Turtle Talk With Crush debuted in The Living Seas, but the refurbishment introduced new Disney-Pixar additions. During the Year of a Million Dreams campaign, The Living Seas was converted to the Seas with Nemo & Friends.

Entrance Since October 2006

Entrance Since October 2006

Part of the old track from the seacab attraction was used for the new “clamobile” ride which now takes you on an adventure to help find Nemo.  Anamatronic facades of noisy seagulls were placed outside and a picture opportunity with Nemo & friends.

Close By Photo Opportunity

Close By Photo Opportunity

Originally the queue for The Living Seas showcased the history of deep sea exploration. Now the wait brings you to the beach as a vacant lifeguard chair greets you before your dive under water with  your fish companions.
Great moments in this ride include the warning signs during your beach excursion.  The sign on the right seems like a regular advertisement, but might be more.  The important aspects of this sign are its address and “To Air is Human”.  1401 Coral Coast Highway could be a reference to 1401 Flower Street in Glendale, CA.  While the mention of “Human” might be put together to hint at Walt Disney Imagineering’s Human Resources Office.  The lifeguard stand on the left might be meant to look like a “SA”.  This might pay homage to The Livings Seas’ Sea Base Alpha.

The Seas With Nemo & Friends (Lifeguard Stand in Queue)

From classic to new, both pavilion themes offer different looks at the under sea life.  This pavilion now has some great attractions, but most important are the educational opportunities inside the tanks.

Sign Within the Queue

Sign Within the Queue

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