Turtle Talk with Crush Review and Planning Info
Turtle Talk with Crush opened on: November 16, 2004.
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Location: Turtle Talk with Crush is located in The Seas Pavilion in what is currently Future World West. In the picture above, you can see the entrance/exit to the Pavilion on the far right with the entrance to the attraction straight ahead.
Most people head into the show after riding The Seas with Nemo and Friends. The entrance to Turtle Talk is also accessible from the entrance into the Pavilion around the corner should you not want to wait for the ride first.
The entrance is just inside the Pavilion on the right. As you disembark The Seas with Nemo and Friends, you’ll see it on your left.
Extra Magic Hours: Evening – the last show usually begins 20 minutes before evening Extra Magic Hours end.
Show Length: 15 minutes.
Type: Interactive show.
Similar To: Monsters, Inc. Laughing Floor.
Scary Factor: Zero.
What to Expect: Turtle Talk is a live interactive show featuring Crush, the turtle from Finding Nemo. The theater is small and the kids are asked to sit up front.
Crush moves, chats, and fields audience questions in real time and every show is unique. You can watch one of the shows in full here to get an idea about what to expect.
Where to Sit: Adults and teenagers should be able to see the screen in front of the theater just fine from any seat. Younger kids are welcome to sit on the floor in the front of the theater. The height of the person in front of you is more important than the row or seat you pick.
FastPass+: Yes, it’s one of the lowest Tier 2 priorities. Guests with FastPass+ will only find it useful when cast cut off the standby line because the next show may fill to capacity. At that point, FastPass+ users are still guaranteed access to the next available show, while standby guests may need to wait for a full show before being seated. There is no reserved seating section for FastPass+.
FastPass+ users head through into the pre-show holding area on the right, even if standby is full.
Standby guests may need to wait through an entire show in this queue before being allowed to wait in the pre-show area for the next show, resulting in a wait of up to 30 minutes.
Here’s a look at the same area full on a day with average crowds.
What You Miss Using FastPass+:
Nothing but the potential wait in standby. Everyone using FastPass+ and seeing the show in standby will wait in this area until the next show starts. There are a few interactive games to play and some underseas creatures to inspect. There will be a rope blocking the walkway to the theater until it’s time to fill it, but being closer to the rope will result in a better choice of seats.
Total Average Experience Time with FastPass+: 25 minutes, assuming you arrive about ten minutes before showtime.
4th FastPass+ Availability: Just about the best at Epcot outside of the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival. People typically choose rides in advance.
Expect to Wait: From 10am to 2pm, it just depends on your timing. You’ll either get into the next show, which could be one minute or fifteen minutes away. Or, if you arrive closer to showtime and the show has filled, you’ll need to wait a few minutes for the current show to finish, then wait for the next show to finish, before being seated, which could be as many as 20 to 35 minutes.
When To Go: Before 10am or after 5pm is best. Unlike The Imagination Pavilion, which closes at 7pm, The Seas Pavilion stays open through Park close. The Seas is a virtual ghost town after 5pm most days.
Fun Facts: Andrew Stanton, the original voice of Crush, wrote and directed Finding Nemo and Wall-E. Disney had to shut down Turtle Talk five days after it opened because its popularity was overwhelming the Pavilion. It reopened a few weeks later in a new location.
Commentary: Turtle Talk is one of the neatest shows at Walt Disney World. The show renders Crush in real time at 60 frames per second and it will appear as though his lips move in perfect sync with his words. The attraction has become so popular that Disney installed larger theaters at Disney California Adventure, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo DisneySea. Although the show is geared towards kids, most adults should appreciate the humor and technology. It’s a great way to get off your feet in the Florida heat.