The Seas Pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World is a tremendous building offering multiple attractions to experience on your vacation. The pavilion includes attractions like The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush, Bruce’s Sub House. Additionally, there is a massive saltwater aquarium that’s home to a variety of sea life.
If you find yourself in the area during the heat of the day or during inclement weather, the Seas pavilion will provide a little longer-term relief than most. Anyone with an interest in marine life will also want to spend a considerable amount of time at the Seas Pavilion. In this review, we’ll discuss everything to do here while touring Epcot.
The Seas Pavilion
The Seas Pavilion has two different levels to explore while touring. Below is a map of the pavilion’s layout. It shows all of the activities located within. As you can see, there are eight different things to experience here while you are touring.
Most guests will enter the Seas Pavilion through the Nemo and Friends ride. At the end of the ride, you will find yourself on the first floor of the large aquarium.
The rest of the attractions surrounding you on the first level are:
- Bruce’s Shark World (also commonly known as Bruce’s Sub House)
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- Manatees Up Close (1st-floor viewing area)
There is also a restroom in this area off to your immediate right when you exit the ride. Around the restroom area, you will find the elevators to access the 2nd floor. You’ll also find escalators and staircases in the center of the room.
Everything in the pavilion is well labeled and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the elevators and restrooms. While this seems somewhat insignificant to point out, it’s good to know that this area is nearby when you exit the ride.
In the event you had waited in line for longer than anyone would have liked, it’s very plausible that your child decided it was time to take a restroom break seconds before you boarded the ride. At that point, your quickest choice would be to board the ride and then find the restroom at the end. Trust me, the queue for The Seas with Nemo is long. It would not be advantageous to backtrack through it.
When you visit The Seas Pavilion, you’ll more than likely enter through the queue for The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Here you will board a slow-moving clamshell as you go through the story of Nemo.
The ride is somewhat dated, but it’s one of those things that has a target audience of children. They tend to love it and I always enjoy relaxing for a bit when I climb aboard my own clam.
It’s actually my preferred method of transportation.
Turtle Talk with Crush is the next big event for the children after you exit the ride. It is fun for adults, and if you haven’t had the opportunity to see the show, I would highly recommend it.
Turtle Talk with Crush is about fifteen minutes long and runs throughout the majority of Epcot’s regular park hours. Make sure to check the My Disney Experience App on the day of your visit for exact times.
The wait time posted usually reflects the shows running time. Unless you were to have just missed a show you shouldn’t have to wait long. Also, a note here is that you do not need a FastPass+ to experience this attraction.
I recently selected one to see if there was any difference. You will not gain any seating priority or anything else with this one. It doesn’t even make for a good 4th or higher FastPass+ option, unless you happen to be at Epcot on an extremely crowded day.
Anyway, when it’s time for your show to start, you will enter into a theater with bench-style seating. There are square boxes taped off in the front of the room on the floor. Children are encouraged to sit toward the front within the taped areas. Turtle Talk with Crush is an interactive experience.
Crush is the sea turtle from Disney & Pixar’s Finding Nemo. He appears on the screen and talks to the audience. Then with his supervision, he selects members of the audience and asks them questions. In return, Crush will also ask questions from the children. Kids seem to be really engaged, and it’s also a nice educational opportunity to learn about sea turtles.
Bruce’s Sub House
Next up on the first level of The Seas Pavilion you will find Bruce’s Sub House. This is one of those play areas where the younger members of the family are going to insist on stopping.
I mean, I get it. You do get to climb up inside Bruce’s mouth and pretend like you are shark bait. This is another great area for kids to run off some energy, let loose and stretch out a bit.
It took several visits on different days this past summer to get a few pictures without any people in them. I think it’s also good to remind yourself that even though you might have a plan to accomplish big things on your Walt Disney World vacation, sometimes these little things are what kids really remember.
Don’t forget to add this one to your rainy day attractions list for Epcot. It’s the perfect place to spend some time during the afternoon thunderstorms that commonly occur during the hotter months.
The Manatees Up Close exhibit is located on the first and second floors of the pavilion. The picture below is actually from the second level. A tank with a glass viewing area is located on the first floor, and there is a grouping of smaller aquariums next door.
Below is where you will find the Manatees Up Close viewing area on the first floor along with these neat aquariums. For me these are a must stop. They house some really cool fish, seahorses, eel and other varieties of sea life.
This is a “chocolate-chip” starfish! It actually has kind of a purply tint to it when you look close.
The aquariums are really beautiful and something worth taking a few minutes of your day to see.
One of the aquariums on this level has quite a few seahorses. They are very interesting to watch in their tank. They hold onto things with their tails. There are several willow-like shrubs at the bottom of the tanks. You will find a lot of the seahorses holding on as the motion of the water in the tank propels them forward.
You’ll also encounter a variety of tropical fish in this area. A cast member is usually present in the area to provide those interested with answers to questions and educational type details.
Up top on the second floor of the Seas Pavilion is where you will find the large viewing area for dolphins and sea life. I will say this if you are one of those people that have a fear of aquariums or sea life it might be best to wait downstairs. But if not I would recommend going upstairs first after exiting The Seas with Nemo & Friends ride or Turtle Talk with Crush before doing the downstairs attractions.
The second-floor attractions in The Seas Pavilion include the following:
- Under Sea Viewing Area
- Fish Up Close
- Dolphins Up Close
- Manatees Up Close (2nd Viewing area)
- Explorer’s Club
Dolphins at Epcot
The first of the large saltwater aquariums upstairs provides you with a glimpse of dolphins up close and personal. They are usually swimming around the tank. I have found from past experiences that they are most active during feeding time. At the end of this post, there is a video with several clips of the dolphins being fed and some of the other sea life interactions in the aquarium.
There will also be a sign posted indicating the time of the daily fish feeding like in the photo below. If you end up in the area around this time I would definitely stay a few minutes to watch, you’ll get to see a lot of activity in the aquarium.
You will notice that the dolphins are in a separate tank from the rest of the sea life. The largest of the aquariums is a long hall that circles at the end. Within the hall and circle, you are surrounded by the aquarium.
Above is a hidden Mickey you can see from this circular area. In the picture below is the circular viewing area at the end of the hall. That inner area has a few bench-style seats. I notice a lot of people bring their lunch or snacks and hang out in there. It’s a nice, cool area.
Here is a bit of what you will see. In the video on down below, we have some neat footage of the sharks, stingrays, and sea turtles from this tank as well. There are even a few clips of the divers cleaning in the tank.
The sharks on average are maybe a few feet long. Like the one in the photo below.
The manatees are a fun encounter also. On the second level, the viewing area is open and you can look down to see them right in front of you. They eat a lot of lettuce and that’s what is floating on top of the water.
Both are rescue animals that have been in some pretty serious life circumstances.
The two manatees at the Seas Pavilion go by the names of Lou and Lil’ Joe. The picture below has their names, weights, and how they ended up here at Epcot.
The Explorer’s Club is also located on level two and provides a good opportunity to see some unique fish on a much smaller scale.
They have a lab in the background and sometimes during the day cast members are out working in the observation area.
Below is a photo of Common Clownfish, most commonly known to Disney fans as Nemo! They usually have quite a few of these guys up here.
The ones in this photo are called Banggai Cardinalfish. They are beautiful black-striped and silver-colored fish. A lot of times they appear to be suspended in the water.
The Seas Pavilion Shop
Before you exit the pavilion there is also a retail store with a few merchandise items. This might be a great place to grab a soda or water as well if you get caught here during a storm. Most of the merchandise is Nemo and Dory-specific.
Here is a video of clips from several different visits to the pavilion. There are a variety of pictures in combination with some of the marine life found here. Plus a few humans and bubble kisses! It’s not every day you see a scuba diver blowing bubble kisses!
Final Thoughts on The Seas Pavilion
The Seas Pavilion offers a lot of fun for the whole family. If you have to go out on a rainy day this entire area of the park offers a lot of protection from the elements.
You can easily spend one to two hours here if you take your time and visit all the different attractions. It’s also a short walk over to The Land Pavilion and Imagination Pavilion. Between the three of these, you could probably spend half your day. The Imagination Pavilion offers another play-type area, character meets, and a slow-moving ride.
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Enjoy your time at The Seas Pavilion. Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts or favorite things to do here!