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The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure

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The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure is a new dark ride that debuted at California Adventure officially on June 3, 2011. The old "Palace of Fine Arts" entryway to the now-gone Golden Dreams show remains, and will be part of The Little Mermaid building's facade. But once inside, this is a, well, "whole new world."

You'll travel "underwater" in clam-shell ride vehicles to visit Ariel's grotto, see Sebastien conduct a sea-creature orchestra and encounter Ursula's lair.


Very nice Dark ride. As said before it really needs the Giant Ursula scene to give the story gravity.
It's a decent dark ride. The animatronics are great, the songs are fun, and the sets are amazing. However, it doesn't have any conflict. According to this ride, the plot of The Little Mermaid is "Ariel want to be human, so she makes a deal with Ursula. This deal states that Ariel can become human if she kisses someone. Then she kisses someone and she becomes a human". So yeah, the story is very weak, however it makes up for it (but not entirely) with great special effects.
One of the best dark rides in both parks. One of my sons favorites as well. Fast loading as well.
I like the ride a lot. It's a fun, musical adventure. The emphasis is more on the music of the Little Mermaid than the plot, and as a result there isn't really a climax to the ride. But given it's emphasis on music, the ride is what a 21st century dark ride SHOULD be - stocked with animatronics, a sense of escape (the recent black light refurb to the Under the Sea scene made you feel like you were really under the Sea!), and great music. Since it has really high capacity, the lines are rarely long.
The Little Mermaid movie was a lot of fun. But the attraction based on that movie is just okay. The ride itself is too short, the narrative is stilted, and while the animatronics may be superb, to me they just look a little bit creepy. Maybe the inclusion of another scene or two would really help things out, but as it is, I can see why some folks are disappointed in this attraction. The Little Mermaid is definitely not an E-Ticket, and probably not much more than a C-Ticket in my humble opinion.
I just wish it included the crazy chief who wants to cook Sebastian.

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