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Dec 07 2012

The Little Mermaid at New Fantasyland

 

Visitors to the Magic Kingdom can now enjoy the new Fantasyland. The new area opened on the 6th December 2012.  You can travel with Ariel, the Little Mermaid, in her new ride “Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid” songs and characters from the movie will make appearances on the attraction.

Set in Ariel’s undersea world, guests are treated to a “Dark Ride” with modern technological enhancements that make this ride an experience that resembles many scenes from the film. You enter this part of Fantasyland, through Prince Eric’s Castle, descending through grottos and then onto the ride. Various distractions are visible throughout your waiting in line, from such things as Barnacles, Crabs and Starfish.

The ride car resembles a clam shell and once you board it Scuttle, the yarn-spinning seagull, welcomes guests as they embark on their adventure. He tells the story of how Ariel wanted to leave her underwater world and become part of the human race. First, before we can see Ariel, we must descend under the sea. Special effects give the feeling of descending in your clamshell to the ocean floor.  First area we reach is Ariel’s Grotto, where we see the treasures she has collected on land. Things such as whozits, whatzits and thingamabobs. This is where she sings “Part of Your World.”

Then we see a whole host of sea creatures singing and playing instruments to try and convince Ariel to stay “under the sea” all conducted by Sebastian the Crab. However she is determined to go and visit the Sea Witch to see if she can make her human. They have made a great job of Ursula’s lair, along with Flotsam and Jetsom she sings “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”

Next Ariel gets her wish and she becomes human and we follow her to the surface, where we see friends encouraging Prince Eric to “Kiss the Girl” much to the annoyance of Ursula, which leads to a spectacular ending, with a few surprises.

 

By Steve Sewell

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