Note: The name and number on the submarine are SEAWOLF / D-302.
Note: Two mermaids are in the center of the lagoon in this photo.
Homeward bound after "surfacing" from the depths of the seven seas,
Disneyland submarines voyage through "liquid space" to explore
mysterious undersea worlds. Crossing over the lagoon is the
Peoplemover, a new concept in transportation.
- The complete list of the newer (yellow) submarine names and
This list was compiled by Barjesse@AOL.com, and was found at:
- Nautilus (301)
- Neptune (302)
- Sea Star (303)
- Explorer (304)
- Seeker (305)
- Argonaut (306)
- Triton (307)
- SeaWolf (308)
- A partial list of the old (gray) submarine names and numbers
(Anybody have more info for this list? Please send it to me!)
- Patrick Henry
- Seawolf (D-302)
- Skate (D-303)
- Triton (D-305)
- Ethan Allen
- George Washington
These names came from real U.S. Navy submarines.
- From 1965 through summer 1967, ladies dressed as mermaids
would sit and pose on the island in the center of the lagoon.
Some of the official excuses for retiring the mermaids were:
This trivia was found at:
- the mermaids' hair turned blue & green from the high chlorine
concentration in the water
- crowds gathered to look and thereby interfered with foot
traffic in the passage between the Matterhorn and sub lagoon
- guests would swim out to the island to have their photos taken
with the mermaids
- The submarines were painted yellow in the 1980s, since the military
connotation of gray battle subs was politically incorrect.
The yellow color was supposed to make them look like research subs,
(The reason research subs are typically painted yellow is because yellow
is one of the last colors to be visible at great depths.)
- In and around 1982 the waiting line for the submarine had various spiels
combined with sea chanties as mood music.
Some of these sea chanties were:
- "The Sailor's Hornpipe"
(traditional, of Popeye cartoon fame,
or of Mike Oldfield's album "Tubular Bells" fame)
- "A Whale of a Tale"
(from the Disney film "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea")
- "What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?"
(traditional, played on harmonica in the spiel)
- Some of the specific oceanic creatures on the voyage were:
- sea turtle
- sunfish (Mola mola)
- battling lobsters
- Tridacna giant clam
- giant squid (Architeuthis dux)
- An eBay auction ending on October 18, 2001 had a high bid of $224.03
on this very buoyant 7" x 6" rubbery plastic fish from
the Submarine Lagoon:
- The Walt Disney Company is currently deciding what to do
with the Submarine attraction and lagoon, since the lagoon is leaking.
Updated: March 2, 2002