Discovery Bay's Nautilus: Never Built Disneyland

Never Built Disneyland

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One of the most iconic attractions at Disneyland has always been the Submarine Voyage attraction, and as part of the never-built Discovery Bay land, Disney would have built a next-generation submarine adventure.

Discovery Bay was designed to be a port city, and it would have been built along the shore of Rivers of America. In the waters of the bay, the iconic Nautilus from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues would have been docked. This would have been a full-scale recreation with two different major elements located inside.

One of them would have been a highly themed restaurant located surrounded by windows out into the sea, letting it feel like you were eating underwater.

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The other was one of the first simulator style attractions developed by Disney. Details released on this over the years have been slim, but it likely could have been a precursor to the ride system used for Star Tours, which was later developed by the same Imagineer behind Discovery Bay Tony Baxter, although less technologically advanced.

This would have taken you on a journey inspired by the works of Jules Verne through the sea, with a simulator recreating the feeling of floating through the ocean in a submarine and coming across various sea creatures.

This ride wouldn't come to Disneyland, but it would inspire numerous attractions from Disney Parks around the world.

In Disneyland Paris, Discoveryland would feature a full-scale Nautilus walkthrough recreation inspired in part by designs from Discovery Bay.

Tokyo DisneySea's Mysterious Island also features a 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea attraction, although this was a dark ride.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Never Built Disneyland series here. Also, come back next week when we explore the electricity themed roller coaster planned but never built for Disneyland's Discovery Bay.