The Little Mermaid ride soft-opens at California AdventureDisneyland: Have you ridden it yet? What did you think?
From Robert NilesDisney's opened The Little Mermaid ride at Disney California Adventure for a soft-opening in advance of its official debut next week.
Posted May 27, 2011 at 2:40 PM
I haven't had the chance to ride yet, since I've been swamped covering everything else that's opening this weekend. But I'd love to hear early feedback from any readers who've had the chance to get on the new ride.
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From Robert NilesJust got this great report from Theme Park Insider reader Kim B:
Posted May 27, 2011 at 5:14 PM
I just saw on Facebook that you wanted those who have ridden Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure to send you a note so here you have it.
Thanks Kim! Anyone else?
From Nick MarkhamWell, I got the chance to watch the POV on YouTube, and I just have to say Disney did a great job. The ending climax was a bit rushed, but it didn't matter. A very good family dark ride.
Posted May 28, 2011 at 8:25 AM
I think it would be neat if Disney refurbished all of its dark rides in Fantasyland (Snow White, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, etc.) to have the same level of animatronics and effects as Little Mermaid. Not sure if they would due to the whole trying to hold on to history thing, but it would be awesome.
From Robert NilesHere's the video, BTW:
Posted May 28, 2011 at 11:22 AM
From Thomas CrainSee, they had me until the end.
Posted May 28, 2011 at 3:09 PM
I mean it's the same issue I had with the virtual ride on the DVD a few years back. Everything looks great and then it just...falters.
At least the virtual ride had a decent three act structure. With this, Ursula turns Ariel human, she kisses Eric, Ursula gets mad in the distance, and Eric and Ariel get married.
But enough griping.
On the whole, looks like an outstanding dark ride. Animatronics look great (minus creepy Bride of Frankenstein Ariel in the Under the Sea sequence) and I'd go so far as to call Ursula the best looking AA in the whole of Disney right now (Get well soon, Yeti.)
From Damon HattonGreat video! My only gripes are I wish they had put fish around Ariels hair in Under the sea so she didn't look so odd. And King Triton looks weird, also why are the sea creatures repeated at the wedding scene when they could have easily made Merpeople like in the film. The animatronics though are amazing. Couldn't help but watch it with a huge smile on my face!!
Posted May 28, 2011 at 4:29 PM
From Kurt LarsonJust rode it a few hours ago. It was a nice family dark ride. I especially liked it when our clamshell initially went 'underwater'.
Posted May 31, 2011 at 6:09 PM
From Scott BWoah, did Disney run out of money on the ride? I just saw the video. Everything was amazing and then...it ends. I was expecting an epic giant Ursula. Oh well, it still looks cute. My daughters will love it.
Posted June 1, 2011 at 5:02 AM
From Robert NilesI just posted my review on the front page.
Posted June 2, 2011 at 4:34 PM
From Tim WHere here Nick! It really would be great if they made all the fantasyland dark rides to have the advancement of this. I definitely agree about the ending
Posted June 2, 2011 at 7:19 PM
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