Literary sea rides, old and new

A hundred and one sea stories by the likes of Langston Hughes and Joseph Conrad play on a cyclical loop as part of a new art installation on the ship most recently added to the Staten Island Ferry fleet.

20,000 LeaguesMeanwhile, last year, Disney World drained and demolished my favorite attraction,* 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The ride “opened October 14, 1971, and was one of the original flagship attractions. It had 14 amazing subs and the huge water tank held 11.5 million gallons of water.” Prior to the demolition, the artificial lagoon had been dormant for ten years. (Thanks to Mr. Maud for the news.)

You can read the first chapter of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea online.

* Listen, I can’t help it. I grew up in Florida. Down there it’s a misdemeanor punishable by six months in prison if you don’t go to the “Magic Kingdom” once a year.


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