“Focus, Dude” at Turtle Talk with Crush

We made a great memory several years ago at Epcot when Crush singled out our then-4-year-old daughter to chat with. The attraction does a remarkable job of animating the surfer sea turtle from Finding Nemo in real-time so he can engage you in spontaneous conversation. Our “little dudette” Emily was sitting right up front with her mouse ears on and caught Crush’s eye. Next thing we know we’re fumbling for the camera so we can record her obliging the turtle with a “totally sweet!” right into the microphone!

Suddenly, Crush wants Emily’s mom to show her face. “Taking a break from your parental duties?” he teased me when I got to my feet near the back of the room. (Wouldn’t you know it, I’d chosen that time to hide out and feed the infant.) Crush had the whole room chuckling after I’d listed off Emily’s siblings – she’s only got three of them – and advised me not to feel the need to compete with Crush’s herd of 65 spawn.

Lamentably, our camera’s audio was malfunctioning at the time. The entire exchange with Crush — sweet, shy preschooler, flustered mom and wave-riding turtle — was lost. I’d love for our family to get the chance to chum it up with Crush again.

Location: Find Turtle Talk with Crush in the Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion at Epcot Theme Park, Walt Disney World Resort. A very similar version of the attraction is found in the Disney Animation Building in the Hollywood Land section of Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland Resort.

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