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The Music Behind The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

posted on April 11th, 2011 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations

For those who saw “The Little Mermaid” back in 1989, you know the music in the movie was just as magical as a mermaid falling in love with a prince and living happily ever after. Remember “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Kiss the Girl”? You’ll hear all these classics throughout the new attraction, The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, set to open at Disney California Adventure park in June.

More than 20 years ago Alan Menken wrote the movie score that won an Academy Award, and he collaborated with Howard Ashman on the songs. For the attraction, the music needed to be arranged somewhat differently, so well-known musical arranger and orchestrator Danny Troob, who has worked often with Menken, took on the challenge. In this video, we go into the music studio and give you a front row seat in a session with Troob and a 65-piece orchestra, as they recreate the amazing Little Mermaid music we all know and love.

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Fred from CA on April 11th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Very cool!
Thanks for the video. :)


Anthoney on April 11th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

My kids are going to love it!


Konrad on April 11th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

So excited for the WDW version to open…. I was in love with this movie as a kid.


Loren from CA on April 11th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Can it be June 3 already, PLEEEEAAASSSEEE?

Every new video just makes me more and more excited. I cannot wait!


Cristina on April 11th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I just can not wait to see it! I almost cried… The best princesa movie Ever!


Alisha from UT on April 12th, 2011 at 12:30 am

The music from The Little Mermaid is so beautiful and I can’t wait to hear more of the score from the ride. We’ll be there to ride in June and I can’t wait!


Vanessa on April 12th, 2011 at 11:46 am

Is it going to be pretty much the same at WDW when it’s finished in 2012??


Rodolfo from TX on April 12th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

This is so cool!!! I love how the characters are looking and cant wait to ride! How about some sneak peaks of what’s happening to Splash Mountain?!


madalynn on April 12th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

i just have one question is this going to be done by August 2012 when i go Disney? anyways i think the ride looks AMAZING so far and i know that its not even done yet…it sounds great and Ursala looks great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Rob on April 12th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Yes, it opens less than two months!


Alisha on April 13th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I’m glad to see that someone who has worked with Alan Menken is doing the soundtrack. Music is the most important part of the park’s attractions, and after watching this video I can’t wait to go on the ride :)


Hannah on April 17th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Looks cool,amazing,and vantastic can’t wait to ride it and I LOVE the vidio’s . CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hannah on April 17th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

what month is this going to be done in june or july?


Fred from CA on April 18th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

The ride will open at Disneyland June 3rd.


Fred from CA on April 18th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

…Oops…I meant it will open at Disney California Adventure.