The closing of Disneyland's submarine ride in 1998 disappointed not only park-goers, but also many “imagineers,” the folks at Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) who design the theme-park attractions. Determined to rescue the subs from dry dock, a team of imagineers considered concepts based on Disney films such as The Little Mermaid and Atlantis, but none proved viable, until the 2003 animated Disney/Pixar mega hit Finding Nemo — the story of a clownfish searching the Great Barrier Reef for his ...

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