Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid at the new Fantasyland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom ® is nothing short of a magical adventure that takes riders deep inside Ariel’s underwater world. And while the ride itself is an exciting new way to experience “The Little Mermaid” it’s the queue that’s really creating a buzz in the new Fantasyland.
If you’re a “The Little Mermaid” fan, and even if you aren’t Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid is one of Magic Kingdom’s ® rides you don’t want to miss. That’s because there is so much to see and do in the queue, it’s a destination within itself. Before you can go underwater with Ariel, your journey begins outside in front of Prince Eric’s castle where you’ll become completely immersed in Ariel’s underwater world. Be on the lookout for gorgeous cascading waterfalls, starfish and shells everywhere you turn, a figurehead of Ariel’s likeness attached to Prince Eric’s boat and even footprints in the sand!
Once inside the queue you’ll take a winding walk through paths, across waterways and into caverns before stopping and engaging in a game of seek in Scuttle’s Scavenger Hunt. That’s right, a game! During this interactive portion of the queue, animated blue crabs displayed on multiple screens are trying to sort out Ariel’s whosits and whatzits. Guests can help put the thingamabobs in the correct piles by pointing to the items that don’t belong in Ariel’s collection. As you point the crab will listen and remove the item from the pile so make sure you point!
This part of the queue ends in a winding room featuring an Audio-Animatronic version of Scuttle, who chats with guests and shows them the items the crabs have collected during the pointing game. Through it all, various nautical set pieces, text, and illustrations help tell the story of “The Little Mermaid.”
You’ll then board a slow-moving clamshell vehicle and journey under the sea where various scenes from the Disney ® movie come to life right before your eyes. Similar in style to the Doom Buggies in the Haunted Mansion attractions, these clamshells travel in half circles and even go backward down a ramp. When this happens, bubbles are projected on the clamshell and sounds of the sea begin to play, indicating that you are now traveling below the water to Ariel’s world! As you ride through the famous scenes you’ll encounter familiar friends and some foes including Sebastian, Flounder and the evil Ursula, whose character comes to life with a very convincing Audio-Animatronic figure.
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Orlando, FL – 01/31/13