April 25, 2011

Vintage Walt Disney World Photography: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (2)

Another good day on eBay and we have some more amateur shots of the 20k ride, I've also included three Disney press photos of the ride under construction, so enjoy!

The first two photos were shot in 1974.

This photo was taken in 1985 from the Skyway ride.

Here's an overhead shot of the ride, you can see the layout of the track for the subs to follow and the building that housed the dark portion of the ride. Its interesting to note that this building shares a very similar footprint to the one that was contructed for the Ariel/Little Mermaid ride in the Fantasyland expansion. Check it out HERE.

Here an Imagineer is applying gold leaf to one of the underwater sculpture pieces.

Interior work on one of the Nautilus submarines.


  1. Great shots! The most beautiful ride Disney ever made- to sit by the lagoon and watch the subs cruise through the waterfall was magical. Thanks for the memories!

  2. Thanks! I loved that ride too, so sorry to see it go.

  3. What the heck were they thinking taking this ride out!?? *Miss*

  4. And to think, the submarine ride in Disneyland is back and better than ever!

    I've always maintained they should have moved it lock, stock and giant squid over to Hollywood Studios.

    Ah well, we can dream...