Whilst perhaps fighting for it's place with the Tower of Terror, the Indiana Jones Adventure, and perhaps Journey to the Center of the Earth for its position, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is my favorite attraction at Tokyo DisneySea. My own measure for how much I enjoy an attraction is often whether I would want to step out of the ride vehicle and explore its story-world, and 20,000 Leagues, along with classics like Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion, does that magnificently.
I'm not able to speak Japanese, however, and so I never knew what the ride spiel was telling me while riding. Fortunately, I was able to get a recording of it, and my very kind Japanese flatmate sat down with me and translated it. There are probably some mistakes, either from the recording quality or the fact that my flatmate had never ridden the attraction herself and had only my description of events to go from, but I think this is mostly there. Enjoy!
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Transcript
CREW: This is the control centre. Remote control system is set, stand by. Testing search light. Hatch and air lock shut. Propeller condition good. Air pressure and hydrogen meter is clear. Testing submarine defence system. Dive. Nearing twenty thousand leagues. All systems clear, so from now on, we’re going to start remote controlling submarine.
NEMO: Volunteer crew, this is Captain Nemo. Welcome to the magnificent underwater world. In this mysterious ocean, there may be highly developed intelligent beings. Your mission is to solve that mystery.
CREW: Manual search light ready to turn on.
NEMO: Good, everybody in the submarine, you can control search light with the joystick. Please be careful when you search. You have to investigate very carefully. Don’t miss anything or any movement. Your discoveries may bring new knowledge to humankind.
CREW: It’s almost at the destination.
NEMO: Good, rise slowly.
CREW: Captain, defence system is activated. It’s going to be dangerous. Something is attacking!
NEMO: All ahead full power.
CREW: It seems like we are captured. We can’t move!
NEMO: Increase voltage, and attack it.
CREW: Captain, the voltage of the submarine is decreasing quickly. It’s going down.
CREW: The main power is overheating. Captain, we changed to back-up system.
NEMO: Okay. Can you analyse where we are?
CREW: No, it looks like we’ve strayed into some unknown abyss. Captain, backup power is decreasing and oxygen level is dangerous. Oxygen is in the danger level.
NEMO: Minimise the use of energy.
NEMO: Bring the submarine up quickly. We must save the volunteer crew. Can you ascend?
CREW: No, the control has not been recovered. Wait! It looks like something is pushing the submarine up. It’s a miracle! Captain, the submarine is back!
NEMO: I am pleased you have all come back safe. But there are many mysterious which are not yet solved. There is no end to our study and exploration. I look forward to your return to this mysterious sea.
CREW: Please stay seated. We will now begin unloading the submarine. Please gather your bags and watch your step as you unload.