For all of you as in love with mermaids as I am, here are some rarely seen photos of the Disneyland Submarine Voyage live mermaids audition in ‘66.

The live mermaids swam around the lagoon during the attraction’s opening year (1959) and then returned again from the summer of 1965 to the summer of 1967.  The live mermaids were replaced in 1967 with the audio-animatronic mermaid figures (created by Disney Legend Harriet Burns) that I remember being mesmerized by as a child until the attraction closed in 1998.

According to Daveland:
"Requirements for those auditioning at the Disneyland Hotel were height between 5’4"–5’7", long hair, and able to swim! From summer 1965 through summer 1967, the mermaids could be seen for four hours a day on the rocks in the middle of the lagoon."

I hate the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.  If I wanted to see that stupid fish get lost projected on screens, I’d stay home and watch the movie.  Seriously.  There’s no mermaids, no serpents, no giant squids… it breaks my little sea-heart.  My mermaid void shall be filled once The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure opens.

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