The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure is a dark ride attraction at Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort (a substantively identical attraction exists in the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World). The attraction was added to the park as part of Disney California Adventure’s $1.5+ billion expansion. Since opening on June 3, 2011, The Little Mermaid has received several tweaks, most recently when Walt Disney Imagineering changed some animation in the attraction and replaced one Audio Animatronic Ariel’s hair (the “soft serve” hair as some fans dubbed it) with more natural looking hair.
Since opening, Disney’s Little Mermaid dark ride has become one of the most popular dark rides in both the Magic Kingdom and Disney California Adventure. While it doesn’t marvel guests with special effects, it has some well-done Audio Animatronics and some pretty cool scenes. Plus, more upgrades are coming to it in 2014! (At least in Disney California Adventure.)
If you’re a fan of Walt Disney World, note that this attraction is identical to Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid in the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland…so just pretend these photos were taken in Florida!
Enjoy the photos!
We do hope you enjoyed your under-the-sea photo tour, and will come back soon. While these photos are all from Disney California Adventure, since the Walt Disney World version is a direct clone, these photos should have given you a good idea of what to expect from this attraction in New Fantasyland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!
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