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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Disney World
20K Ride Ultimate Video! (Version 3)
Here it is, the Holy Grail you've been looking for; the entire ride from start to finish! I've cut together the best parts of four different 20K videos to make the ultimate 20K ride video! Version 3 is a vast improvement, with a ton of much sharper footage, multiple passes of key scenes, and everything has been color corrected and brightened to bring out as much detail as possible!
Two of the source videos incorporated here appear courtesy of Extinct Attractions Club and Jeff Lange DVD. Both of these guys have excellent DVDs and I highly recommend you pick them up for the great extra content.
Bert "Bass" O'Conner sent me this great footage of the subs above water that he taped years after he retired from his 20K post. He swears he taped the whole ride through the porthole as well, but he can't find the footage!
Various Surface Footage
This clip is a compilation of various surface footage of the ride, including stepping down into a sub. Some of it is quite nice.
This is a decent clip of a flyby of the 20K ride from the Skyway.
Ty's Super8 Footage
Ty Bumgardner took this super8 footage in 1976 when the ride was brand spanking new! I love film!
Vintage 20K Clip
This clip is a short film clip of the ride (most likely 16mm), that I believe was shot by Disney as promotional material.
Alcorn Family Videos: Waiting on line
My friend Dave and his family went to Disney World in 1987. His dad has been known to say, "I taped so much of Disney World that I don't remember any of it." The 20K ride was infamous for long lines, and now you can wait on line too! With Joe Torre none the less! Don't worry I've cut this footage down a lot.
Alcorn Family Videos: Zoom out please!
This is like footage from some "The Search for the Locke Ness Monster" TV special, where they don't find it, but see something that might be it or might be a log. At least there's lots of good ol' bubbles. This was the first piece of 20K footage I found and so will always have a special place in my heart.
Alcorn Family Videos: What did you think?
The sharks!? Are you nuts!? Did you somehow not see that GIANT SQUID!?
My buddy Ben took a trip to Florida in 2003 for a film festival (in which his film Zero Day took Grand Jury Prize!) and did me a big favor in stopping by the ruin of the 20K ride to shoot some video of the state it was in. This clip is a little sad to watch, but still interesting for how much of the area is intact. Thanks Ben, and congratulations!
Mysterious Island at DisneySea Tokyo
20K Ride Tokyo ridethrough (subtitled)
I shot this video while on a business trip to Tokyo in 2004. It was a very quiet weekday and I was able to ride it 7 times in a row without waiting in line. This footage is cut from the best moments of all those runs so is quite good.Thanks to my cousin Ren and his wife Hiroko for the translation! The only caveat is that it's B&W because I had to use night-vision to see anything. Oh man, I wish we had night-vison footage of the original 20K ride...
Travel Channel Special on Mysterious Island A segment from a Travel Channel Speical on Tokyo DisneySea featuring the Mysterious Island and the 20K ride. Some nice background info and PR shots of the ride in here.
Les Mystères du Nautilus at Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris Nautilus Walkthrough Martin Smith sent in this great walkthrough of the Paris 20K attraction, complete with goofy squid attack!
Submarine Voyage at Disneyland California
Disneyland Submarine Voyage ridethrough Here is a full ridethrough from 1987 on 20K's sister ride, the Submarine Voyage, which was in Disneyland California. They were nearly spitting images of each other, except for that the 20K ride was 500% cooler for its 20K theme. Still, it's interesting to compare and see how 20K (which came later) was tweaked to be better in so many little ways.
(If you're a fan the Disneyland Submarine Voyage I highly recommend you check out the Extinct Attractions Club's excellent documentary about it.)
Vintage Disneyland Submarine Voyage Footage This great Disney archival footage shows some of the amazing animatronics that were in the Disneyland Submarine Voyage when it first opened. Nearly all of them were later removed or dumbed-down, assumedly because they broke down too much. Imagine if the 20K ride had had some of this stuff; look at the tentacles!!
Divers Repair Lobsters
This is a short clip of divers repairing an animatronic in the Disneyland Submarine Voyage at night. I had a reoccurring nightmare as a kid where I was dropped into the 20K ride tank at night, so this clip gives me the creeps. These guys must have had nerves of steel. Maybe they're Navy Seals.
20K Line Queue Music Listen
This is the line queue music from the Disney World 20K ride. You can close your eyes and pretend you're waiting in line for the best ride in the world!
20K Line Queue Music w/ Narration Listen
This is also line queue music that I was told was from the Disney World 20K ride, but it's different than the one above and has narration peppered in it. Perhaps it's actually from the 50's Disneyland attraction?
20K Music Suite Listen
This is a fan-made audio suite of music from various 20K sources; including the Tokyo and Paris 20K rides.