The windows in the submarines, or portholes, were actually first cut out by hand. I know this for a fact because my great-grandfather made the first perfect circle that the rest of the windows are stamped out from.
His name was M. F. MacCulley. When I say stamped out. I mean that he made
the first window which they made a template or stencil out of. The
windows are at a slant and sort of resemble a cone with the top cut off.
REPORTED: Josh C. 06 NOV 96
CONFIRMED: Lauren & Erin Ferreira aka Wendy+Smee 01 MAY 97
The submarines were built by General
Dynamics which was the first company to build submarines
in the world and - at one time - the only builder of
submarines in the United States.
REPORTED: Guy Jackson 30 JUN 96
In addition, at the time of completion, The Submarine Voyage held the record as the largest peace-time build up of submarines.
CONFIRMED: Tony Crescenzo 07 DEC 96
The subs on the Submarine Voyage were built by Todd Shipyards of San Pedro, CA, (not General Dynamics), and were painted yellow in the 80's so as to resemble "scientific research vessels" rather than military. (see "the Daily Breeze", 9/5/98, section B1, for an excellent article)
REPORTED: Doctor Z 06 SEP 98
Did you know that live mermaids used to swim in the waters of the Submarine Voyage?
REPORTED: Patrick Keown 01 MAY 96
CONFIRMED: Andy Hicks 18 JUL 96
CONFIRMED: Eric B 22 AUG 96
The original mermaids on the submarine ride were replaced because the clorene in the water was too harsh on their skin and hair, as well as our beautiful california sun.
CONFIRMED: kat 04 JUN 97
My mother-in-law was a mermaid at the Submarine Voyage. She said they took out the live mermaids because tourists taking pictures of them would block the thoroughfare between the Matterhorn and the submarine lagoon.
UPDATE: anon 06 APR 97
My aunt was a swimming mermaid in the submarine voyage attraction years ago. She said the reason that they took the mermaids out of the ride was that one of the girls had gotten hurt somehow.
UPDATE: Blythe Young 28 MAR 98
A long long time ago, the submarines were colored battleship gray, and actually had a hydraulic seat for the driver that would rise and lower as needed. They were removed for safety reasons, and ever since then, the cast member would havta stand and step on the "dead-man pedal" (a pedal that would stop in case the operator head a heart attack or something). The live mermaids were discontinued because of the chlorine (high amounts) were turning the mermaids hair blue / green, and because of guests swimming out into the middle of the lagoon to have their pictures taken.
UPDATE: Donald the Subman 10 JUL 98
CONFIRMED: Sara Morgan 18 DEC 99
Although the submarines never actually submerge, the illusion that they do is so realistic that, according to Disneyland navy logs, even U.S. Navy officers have been fooled.
At its debut in 1959, this attraction became one of the world's largest fleets of peace-time submarines.
You are supposed to be submerging lower and lower, but you can see the bottom the whole time!
REPORTED: summer 12 AUG 98
The Nautilus Subs were designed by WED in 1959
REPORTED: TR Shaw 12 DEC 98
I had a college Engineering teacher that said he was part of the team that designed the Sub. He said that the subs have two extra seat for riders. But that the trade off was an extra 2 weeks to do a major over haul on the engines.
REPORTED: Guy Spotts 07 JUL 99
If you get on the monorail, after you re-enter the park, go over the sub lagoon, and circle back around to the back corner of the park, just about when you can see the track split, look out the left side of the monorail, you can see the dry dock to the ex submarine voyage.
REPORTED: Jeff Myers 03 SEP 99