Voyage of the Little Mermaid reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Voyage of the Little Mermaid, a live show in Animation Courtyard at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Written by Robert Niles
A musical stage show combining special effects, live performances, puppetry, and clips from the classic Disney film The Little Mermaid. Suitable for all ages, although the Ursula parts can be a bit harrowing for younger visitors.
This show is a veritable treasure trove of disregarding the source material and replacing effort with recycled film clips. The show starts with clips from the movie and then goes into its first musical sequence: Under the Sea. The sequence is performed with blacklight puppets under terrible lighting. You can see the people operating the puppets, which ruins the illusion that these puppets are the characters. Then Ariel sings Part of Your World after some clumsy exposition bricks. The actress playing Disney's least likable protagonist of the Disney renaissance can either make or break your experience. After the song, Flotsam and Jetsam puppets shout some more exposition and then the best part of the show comes in. The Ursula puppet is the redeeming aspect of the show (not unlike the TLM dark ride). An intricately operated puppet capable of fluid movement, Ursula is the reason I have gone to see the show more than once. However, after the Ursula sequence, we get more crappy film montages that fail at explaining the story. Then Ariel is on a rock, and screen Triton and typically invisible Sebastian puppet talk and then after a cheap Kabuki trick, Ariel is human. The Eric and Max conveniently come in and they kiss and the show is over. Even as someone who hates the source film, this show (like the Beauty and the Beast live show) just tramples on any and every redeeming aspect of the show. Instead of trying to condense the story into 15 minutes, TDO decided to combine the three most famous songs from the film together with some crappy montages. I would not recommend subjecting yourself to this show, unless you consider seeing Ursula being worth 15 minutes of torture. - Joshua Goodstein
It's a nice little show. The show only lasts about 15 minutes at most. Despite its short run time the performance offers enough in theatre effects, puppetry, and live actors to be worth a look. Some people will say that the show compresses the movie into just a quarter of an hour, and thats true, but still worth a look even if its just to get out of the Florida rain or sun for a while. - Manny Barron
This park had to many shows. But this one is a keeper and better then the lame Mermaid ride at MK. But keep those effects working Disney, your ticket prices should cover a perfect working show with all the effects in place. What this ride has to do with a working movie studios is beyond me so theme wise this is a MISS! - O T
We greatly enjoy the theater's special effects and the music is exceptional. A nice escape into the cool seas on a hot Florida day. - Rob Pastor
Being male, I shouldn't like this. But its a nice show to watch, not just because Ariel is gorgeous! - James McGee
You can FastPass this attraction which is always handy. A welcome break from the heat and a chance to sit down. All that aside the show itself is very enjoyable; yes they've cut the story down but I wasn't expecting to sit there for two hours anyway! The puppets are good and the special FX are great; Ursula is quite a sight! - Ben Price
In all honesty, it depends on which Ariel you get. The show can range from magical to mediocre all depending on her! - Sarah Durden
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