Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, is the great new dark attraction located in the Enchanted Forest of the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland. The ride opened this past December to great fanfare and has been delighting Walt Disney World guests who experience it.
The queue for this attraction is truly phenomenal, and winds down along the shore-line beneath Prince Erik’s Castle. Guests encounter playful sea life they descend through the grotto’s and caverns where they can interact with mischievous little crabs engaging guests in games of ‘trash’ or ‘treasure’ to help the crabs fill their treasure chest. It’s an enchanting way to pass the time
Once under the sea, guests will find themselves immersed in the story of “The Little Mermaid.”, guests climb inside their Omnimover “clam shells” that move and turn to direct the guest’s attention while traveling with Ariel and her friends through their exciting adventures both above and below the Sea.
Adults and children alike will enjoy and relate to the festive atmosphere of the attraction and the suspenseful villainy of Ursula the Sea Witch.
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid uses more than 180 Audio-Animatronic characters to tell its story through song and imagery. Their creation posed some special challenges to Imagineers who strived to place guests inside of the animated world. To achieve their goals a special “skin technology” was developed and used for Ariel, King Triton and Ursula, because they have so much exposed. The vibrant colors and life-like motion help to suspend reality and the familiar musical score playing through will entice everyone to sing along.
Electric convenience vehicles are able to navigate the mermaid queue easily. Though the belt loading system can sometimes be difficult to navigate for guests with impaired mobility, the cast members at this attraction have the ability to slow or stop the ride’s motion in order to assist those in getting on and off the ride. My experience with the cast members at this attraction in needing assistance was both friendly and compassionate.