PHOTOS: New Nautilus “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” Magnet Surfaces at D-Tech On Demand
We showed you all of the new magnet designs that popped up on D-Tech On Demand last month, but we recently stumbled across a new design added to the catalog. Inspired by one of our favorite long-gone, but never forgotten Magic Kingdom attractions, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (1971-1994), this “My Other Ride is the Nautilus” magnet was not a want, but a NEED.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was almost an opening year attraction at Magic Kingdom, having it’s grand opening on October 14th 1971, just 13 days after the park itself opened. It remained open until 1994, where it was first replaced temporarily with the Fantasyland Character Cavalcade, and then a Winnie the Pooh themed play area called “Pooh’s Playful Spot.” Both closed to make way for what is now the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and the New Fastasyland area.
Pooh’s Playful Spot sat largely on the filled and paved over lagoon that used to be home to Captain Nemo’s Nautilus submarines. In the Playful Spot, you could visit Pooh’s house, in and around a large tree in the center of the play area. Inside his house, if you peeked over the top of the door frame, you could find a tiny Nautilus carved into the wood, a nod to the attraction that used to claim this site. While Pooh’s Playful Spot closed, his house was moved across the walkway to become part of the queue for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, so you can still find this little hidden Nautilus on your next visit to Magic Kingdom.
But that’s not the only Nautilus you can find in Magic Kingdom.
It’s only fair that New Fantasyland also paid tribute to the original owner of the real estate it sits on. Walking through the Standby queue of Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, right before you get to the indoor portion, there’s a small lagoon to the left hand side of the path. It you look at the back wall, you can find the Nautilus carved into the rock work.
While “Keep Moving Forward” is definitely a motto that keeps the Disney Parks in a constant state of evolution, one thing they’re good at is paying tribute to and remembering the past (sometimes at least). Keep an eye out for these 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea nods the next time you’re at Magic Kingdom! And if you want to have your own tribute to Disney Parks past in the form of this Nautilus magnet, you can pick one up at Tomorrowland Light and Power Co. or Curtain Call Collectibles in Magic Kingdom for $14.99.