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  • Green-o Nemo

    I dont know if this was posted already but I wanted to share with you all...




    Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage: Sea-ing Green


    Date: 06/02/2006

    It's been eight years since the Disneyland Submarine fleet made its last diesel-powered voyage around the Tomorrowland lagoon and since then the world has become a much friendlier place (environmentally speaking, anyway). So to bring the forty-something attraction back from the Dark Age of diesel and up to 21st century environmental standards, Imagineers are developing and refining technological and creative advances that will add a healthy splash of green to the big blue world of the attraction, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.

    Imagineer and Principal Mechanical Engineer Bill Willcox

    My Green Submarine
    The Great Movie Ride at the Disney-MGM Studios, the Toon Town Trolley at Disneyland, and Ellen's Energy Adventure at EpcotPrincipal Production Designer Susan Dain

    A Pigment of the Imagination
    Things will be a whole lot "greener" in the Tomorrowland Lagoon, too, thanks to principal production designer Susan Dain, who has created an ocean of color that complies with the rigid regulations of the various environmental agencies and, at the same time, surpasses her own stringent artistic standards.

    "There's always been a challenge to painting under chlorinated water because the colors fade so quickly," says Susan. "Plus now, all the environmental regulations have changed the materials you can use, so the quality of the paint that's out there isn't as good. I looked at the existing paint that's compliant with the new rules and I found very little out there. And it only came in shades of blue."

    Of course, a few shades of blue simply wouldn't do, so Susan set out to create the perfect pigments for Nemo's undersea world. After nearly a year of Internet searches and experimentation with all manner of materials, she formulated a brilliant palette (both conceptually and visually) that would hold up under the chlorine, stand up to the current environmental requirements and measure up to Disney show standards.

    "There really was nothing out there that met the legal requirements and wouldn't fade over time," says Susan. "So I thought, 'what doesn't fade?' (If you remember back to high school science, you'll know the answer: Glass.) "So my idea was to take crushed colored glass, find a binder or a glue to put it in and literally paint with glass. I found a place in Utah that not only makes a variety of colors and sizes of glass, they make it from recycled bottles, which is even better."

    (Left) Two new show buildings were constructed to accommodate the Imagineering team making substantial enhancements to the original Submarine Voyage attraction at Disneyland Resort.

    Even better than that is the look that these cutting-edge colors will produce. The glass comes in several sizes and shades that Susan blended to create 33 custom colors such as Aqua Kick, Lichen Lime and Peritwinkle (when you create your own paint colors, you get to name them, too). Then, the colors are mixed with a binder and sprayed onto the rockwork following a sort of paint-by-number map of the lagoon floor. The painting process gets underway this summer, and Susan estimates that it will take about 11 tons of glass to create the wonderful underwater world of color that guests will be sea-ing next year.

    The Imagineers behind the innovations at Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage agree that their foremost goal was to bring the classic attraction back for new generations to enjoy, but, sub-consciously, they're also proud to be part of the pollution solution.

    "We weren't trying to be politically correct here," says Bill. "We wanted to find the best way to refurbish the Subs and we did. But it's also the right thing to do."
    Story courtesy of Disney Newsreel

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    Yay! No more nasty gassy diesel smell!!!

    Can't wait to "sea" Nemo's colorful underwater glass menagerie!
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    • #3
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      Very interesting article! Thank you for sharing!
      Woof!








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      • #4
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        This totally excited me!! Awesome article~


        ^This is the life!

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        • #5
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          The attraction looks SOOOOO nice at ground level! I actually thought that Susan Dain was holding fabric but its actually a new rock!... Geez it's looking terrific!
          DisneyTwins
          Since May 2003

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          • #6
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            Thanks for sharing
            :crazylegs

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            • #7
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              Good article. I know I wont miss the diesel fumes.
              There is no right or wrong in this debate. It is simply a matter of perspective.
              -Dr. Strange

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              • #8
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                That is a great article!! Thanks for posting it!! I can't wait to see the new Green Nemo!!


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                • #9
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                  wow.. i can't believe the Portal actually lets your hotlink to its photos...
                  I'm glad for the new changes.. and sorta excited to see the new colors.

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                  • #10
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                    Yay very exciting. The colors sound like they are going to beautiful!!! Can't wait!

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                    • #11
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                      Great photos in that article.

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                      • #12
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                        That is really pretty cool! I am so ready for the subs to make there "2nd maiden" voyage.

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                        • #13
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                          That's such a great idea, about painting with glass!

                          Unusually and exceedingly peculiar and altogether quite impossible to describe...


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                          • #14
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                            What neat technology! I especially like the glass paint. Good old imagineering.

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                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by Aladdin
                              Yay! No more nasty gassy diesel smell!!!
                              What? It woouldn't be the sub ride w/o the diesel smell. When I remember waiting in line for the subs, I remember the diesel smell. Can't have one without the other!

                              Now when I smell diesel, I remember two different things, the subs at DL and my time in the National Guard working around, and being around the army trucks. lol!
                              Jeff made me famous!
                              From the Mouth of the Mouse.

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