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  • [Question] Old Subs -- Captain's voice

    I posted this question several years ago, and had everyone stumped then. Thought I'd try again.

    Who does the narration as the Captain on the old Submarine Voyage ("...mermaids? I don't believe it....Mr. Baxter, check the air pressure...")

    And by the way, I guess it would have been too early to make a reference to Tony Baxter back in 1959 (he would have been just a little kid back then), but I always thought it was fun, regardless.

    The voice of the Captain (and, of the host who encourages Tiki Room guests lining up outside its doors to "come with us...to a land of joyous songs, and wondrous miracles...") are two of my top "Disneyland Mysteries"!

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    Re: Old Subs -- Captain's voice

    The original DL sub captain's voice is a mystery -- sometimes credited to Thurl Ravenscroft, but it definitely wasn't him.

    I think Pete Renaday did the Flo'dah version, doing his British voice.
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    • #3
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      Darn I knew it at once. I know the guy is still alive. I'll get back to you on it.

      BTW, I thought it was Richard Dawson for the longest time.

      ---------- Post added 06-30-2012 at 12:22 AM ----------

      I believe it's that of Peter Renaday.
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        • #5
          Re: Old Subs -- Captain's voice

          The answer you seek is: John Considine.
          "Fantasy, if it's really convincing, can't become dated, for the simple reason that it represents a flight into a dimension that lies beyond the reach of time" Walt Disney

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by Walt Fan View Post
            The answer you seek is: John Considine.
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            • #7
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              I believe the original narrator of the Submarine Voyage was Paul Freese. Who also did the voice of the Ghost Host in the Haunted Mansion.

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                James Algar?
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                • #9
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                  Yeow, this is a real mystery. It wasn't Peter Renaday -- he didn't get into the business until the mid-60s, six years after the DL subs opened in 1959. It wasn't Paul Frees, James Algar or Thurl Ravenscroft, whose distinctive voices are recognizable. Re-listening to the subs track, it isn't Marvin Miller, Truman Bradley, William Woodson, Frank Simms or Les Tremayne, whose voices were often heard on TV and radio in the 50's... or any of the voices in the Ward Kimball "Space Trilogy" of the mid-50s (Man in Space, Man and the Moon, Mars and Beyond)....
                  Last edited by Mr Wiggins; 06-30-2012, 05:25 AM.
                  "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
                  it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
                  together with every variety of recreation and fun,
                  designed to appeal to everyone."

                  - Walt Disney

                  "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
                  - Michael Eisner

                  "It's very symbiotic."
                  - Bob Chapek

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                  • #10
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                    From the Lagoon of Liquidspaceman...
                    Originally posted by film975 View Post
                    I believe the original narrator of the Submarine Voyage was Paul Freese. Who also did the voice of the Ghost Host in the Haunted Mansion.

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                    • #11
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                      I have no clue who it is, but I do know that when the tape wouldn't work they would call on cast members with the right kind of voice to read the spiel live. In the early 60's (64-ish) that cast member was my step-father. Too cool!
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                      • #12
                        Re: Old Subs -- Captain's voice

                        Originally posted by sleepybear View Post
                        I have no clue who it is, but I do know that when the tape wouldn't work they would call on cast members with the right kind of voice to read the spiel live. In the early 60's (64-ish) that cast member was my step-father. Too cool!
                        Wow, I had no idea that the spiel was ever done "live". That is very cool that your step-father was one of those called upon to do it. What a neat connection. Thanks for sharing this!

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by Werner View Post
                          Wow, I had no idea that the spiel was ever done "live". That is very cool that your step-father was one of those called upon to do it. What a neat connection. Thanks for sharing this!
                          During the final trips in the late 90's, several Subs captains had the spiel off and were doing live trips. They'd poll the Sub first, and everyone was in agreement, so they did it.

                          As to the voice I'm still sticking with Chuck Norris
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                          • #14
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                            I'm pretty sure it was Paul Freese.

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                            • #15
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                              Frees had a voice recognizable in nearly every character he performed which is fantastic if you ask me. You could always hear a bit of the Ghost Host in the various villains and characters in Rankin Bass' stop motion Christmas specials. This guy's voice definitely doesn't come from good ole Paul.
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                              • #16
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                                The narrator who said "Mr.Baxter check the air pressure" was actually the second narrator of the attraction and the script was a mix of the original Submarine Voyage script from the 50s with elements of the Florida 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea script (which Baxter worked on. The line was a joke that Baxter was so immersed in the development of Walt Disney World!)

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                                • #17
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                                  Originally posted by Ghostbuster626 View Post
                                  The narrator who said "Mr.Baxter check the air pressure" was actually the second narrator of the attraction and the script was a mix of the original Submarine Voyage script from the 50s with elements of the Florida 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea script (which Baxter worked on. The line was a joke that Baxter was so immersed in the development of Walt Disney World!)
                                  Wow! That's a great story! Thanks for letting us know about that -- I love these kinds of details!

                                  So -- this begs the question: does Tony voice the response ("...three-fourths, sir...")?

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                                  • #18
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                                    I pulled out The Sounds of Disneyland, the book that accompanied A Musical History of Disneyland, and it is not even mentioned in there.

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                                    • #19
                                      Re: Old Subs -- Captain's voice

                                      Originally posted by Werner View Post
                                      So -- this begs the question: does Tony voice the response ("...three-fourths, sir...")?
                                      I don't know who did that line, but "Bridge, aye, aye, all ahead one third. Stand by the mooring lines" was Xavier Atencio.
                                      "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
                                      it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
                                      together with every variety of recreation and fun,
                                      designed to appeal to everyone."

                                      - Walt Disney

                                      "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
                                      - Michael Eisner

                                      "It's very symbiotic."
                                      - Bob Chapek

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Old Subs -- Captain's voice

                                        I'd venture to guess (speculatively, of course) that the original narration is done by Jack Wagner, who did the (original) safety spiel at the end of the Matterhorn.

                                        "Remain seated please. Permanacen sentados, por favor." Before it was changed to "Remain seated with your seatbelt fastened."

                                        Since the Matterhorn and Subs were opened in 1959, it would make sense that they had the same narrator.

                                        Thoughts?

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