After the Main room you exit via one of the
two bulkhead doors on either side of the organ into the engine room
area. The engine is not running, there are no moving parts, only a few
simple lighting effects. You then leave the engine room to find yourself
back in the underground corridor. No feeling of leaving the ship, no ‘end’
to the experience. You walk a short distance and reach the foot of a
spiral staircase back up to the Lighthouse.
Although this is a great idea for an
attraction, what is presented is below par for Disney. The theme is
excellent, great design and attention to detail. What lets this unique
attraction down is any form of interaction with the guest. You feel no
emotion and receive very little if any sensory experiences while ‘under
the sea’. This is one attraction that once you have visited it you
will not feel the need to do so again. No repeat value, no excitement.
It has to be said that the outside of the
attraction really leads you into expecting more, even at night the pool
If you visit Disneyland Paris I would
recommend a visit to the Nautilus, but only if the line is short and you
are interested in the design and attention to detail. If you are looking
for an ‘experience’ - then ride Space Mountain.
The Mystery Exposed
As a final note on the Nautilus attraction,
last spring the lagoon was drained and cleaned. As you can see from the
photos below it did not make for a pretty sight. For some reason they
did all the work in full view of visitors, not even a ‘pardon or dust’
sign. It really shattered any illusions anyone cold have had about the
Nautilus being a real submarine in the lagoon as it was very clear only
the top half actually exists. It was a real poor show.