A seven-armed octopus from “Finding Dory” with camouflage abilities who just wants some peace and quiet is about to become visible to thousands of Disneyland visitors and a flock of seagulls after hiding under a tarp in the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Lagoon.
According to Walt Disney Imagineering, Hank from “Finding Dory” to Septopus will join the cast of amphibious creatures at the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage attraction at Disneyland.
According to the Disney Parks Blog, Disneyland will reopen the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage attraction on July 25.
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Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage has been closed since the Anaheim theme park reopened in April 2021 after a year-long pandemic shutdown, while Imagineering and Disneyland staff renovated the classic 1959 attraction.
“Whenever we turn down the charm for a long time — and it’s been a long time for Nemo — it’s always great to bring it back with new magic, especially for a franchise like Finding Nemo,” Imagineering Art Director Michael Dobruzzi said during an online video interview.
The secret identity of Hank the Septopus was revealed on Monday, June 27, when Imagineering removed a tarp that was covering a rock outcropping in the submarine lagoon near Squawking Seagulls from the movies.
“Seagulls are very rowdy and make noise at the other end of the lagoon,” Dobruzzi said. “Hank is going to face the direction one of his nets is protecting the sun and trying to figure out where all this racket is coming from.”
The venerable charm was “plus up” by mounting some rockwork above the water line to give Hank the static figure room to hang out. The “Finding Dory” octopus will be visible from the Matterhorn Way between the bobsled roller coaster and the submarine lagoon.
“When we were considering this project with the Pixar team, there was a genuine interest in saying, ‘Hey, what can we do to bring the ‘Finding Dory’ character into the story?” Dobruzzi said.
The teams at Pixar, Imagineering, and Disneyland settled on the bright orange-red octopus, which lost its sense of humor with one of its tentacles.
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In “Finding Dory”, Hank is an escape artist with camouflage abilities and a penchant for solitude. Septopus – or the seven-tented octopus – is voiced by “Modern Family” actor Ed O’Neill.
“Hank is a bit of a husky,” said Dobruzzi. “It is not necessary that he is always happy with what is happening in the world around him. He has strong opinions. ”
Hank’s rock outcropping will be a stone’s throw from the “Finding Nemo” seagull that screams “Mine, mine” endlessly from atop a red buoy, much to the delight of Disneyland visitors.
“Hank is just there to enjoy the day and get a little sun on the rock,” Dobruzzi said. “But those seagulls won’t let that happen. So Hank is casting some pretty harsh side-eye in that direction.
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The original submarine travel attraction opened in 1959 with the Matterhorn Bobsleds and the Disneyland Monorail.
The Disneyland ride under the depths of the ocean closed in 1998 amid the uncertain future of the underwater attraction. Several replacement thematic ideas were considered for rides based on Disney’s 1989 “Little Mermaid,” 2001 “Atlantis” and 2002 “Treasure Planet”—but none of them made the leap from the silver screen to the theme park.
Then in 2007, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage opened at Disneyland after nearly a decade of inactivity in the lagoon. A 2014 renovation of the popular Nemo attraction drained the 6.3-million-gallon sub lagoon for months.
After a final renovation, Pixar released a “Finding Dory” sequel in 2016 that continued the aquatic story of the original 2003 “Finding Nemo”.