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All in the Details: Head Under the Sea to Visit Ariel’s Grotto at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on August 28th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Many fans of “The Little Mermaid” have been asking for a mermaid-related update over the past few weeks, so today we’re happy to share the first look inside Ariel’s Grotto, a new character greeting location coming to New Fantasyland.

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As you can see, Ariel will greet guests in mermaid form, seated on a giant seashell throne. The grotto will be located within the base of the seaside cliffs upon which Prince Eric’s Castle sits, but is separate from the Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction.

This character greeting will debut with the rest of New Fantasyland for a preview period beginning November 19, and then a grand opening on December 6.

What do you think? Will you visit Ariel when New Fantasyland opens?

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and follow @WaltDisneyWorld on Twitter for the latest on the New Fantasyland expansion. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #NewFantasyland.



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Amanda on August 28th, 2012 at 10:07 am

How exciting! The Ariel attraction is the one our daughter is most excited to see when we are there in December, and this will just make it even more special to her! Since we will be there during the preview period, we will have to make sure to check the times when we are there so we don’t miss this! :)

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 29th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Best of luck Amanda!

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fabiola on August 28th, 2012 at 10:09 am

Of course. As I said in other post not fail to see anything. It will be great to have a new photo with Ariel. My daughter got one when we went on our first trip and she was 4 years old. The joy and excitement increases every week with the news. Crazy to arrive in December.

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Philip on August 28th, 2012 at 10:10 am

Please keep Prince Eric in the park as a regular daily meet-and-greet character in the Little Mermaid area as well, even if he’s not necessarily in the Grotto with Ariel.

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Morgan on August 28th, 2012 at 10:30 am

This reminds me a bit of how Ariel greets guests when she’s at Tokyo Disney Sea. The Mermaid Lagoon there is so lovely; it’ll be neat to see how this new area WDW compares!

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Diane on August 28th, 2012 at 10:34 am

Sounds like an awesome time with Ariel, She is my daughter’s favorite Princess, we will be there. And looking for Prince Eric too..

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tamela on August 28th, 2012 at 11:21 am

We are going to be at the parks the week of Nov. 15 – 25th. We can’t wait to see all the new additions. Hopefully the Grotto with Ariel will be open when we come.

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Daniel on August 28th, 2012 at 11:45 am

This is so cool. Any chance we’ll meet Sebastian, Flounder and Scuttle there too? Thanks for these updates, Jennifer. I really can’t wait to be there.

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Anjanette on August 28th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

This is one thing that I am happy will not yet be opened for our trip in October. I glad we’ll be able to meet Ariel with Prince Eric one last time. The princes really need more representation in the parks besides at the special ticket events.

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Jos� on August 28th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Oh my god!! This is absolutely fantastic, the pics are fantastic and the expansion is fantastic. I can’t wait to see Ariel in the New Fantasyland. I’m a big fan of the little mermaid , I’ve been dreaming with this news since I was born!! Thank you Jennifer! you’re the best
Kisses ;)

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 29th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Thank you!

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Eric from MA on August 28th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Nice to have Ariel back off her, whatcha call ‘em, “feet” after all these years–
The old Grotto next to the 20K Leagues lake was a small, cozy closeup site for photos, but the art makes this like it’ll be huge for background scenery. Ot at least larger than her old outdoor shell at Disneyland.

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Emily on August 28th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Can we expect to see Prince Eric around the castle?

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Lauren on August 28th, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Jennifer…Thank you so much for this post. It’s so exciting for us Little Mermaid fans to see new information and details about that area of the expansion. PLEASE keep sharing more information on the Little Mermaid areas of the expansion in the next few weeks. I can’t wait to hear more.

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 29th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Will do. I think I have some fun updates coming for you mermaid fans. :)

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Lois on August 28th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Wow, I can’t wait for this expansion to open, especially Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid and Ariel’s Grotto. Thank you for featuring that section in the post this week.

I have a similar question to what others have asked. Will we see any other Little Mermaid characters besides Ariel available for Meet and Greets??? Prince Eric would be great, but I would LOVE to see Sebastian in a Meet and Greet. I mean Sebastian’s a part of the Move It, Shake it, Celebrate it Street Party in Magic Kingdom, but I don’t recall him ever being part of a Meet and Greet. Any chance of that happening?

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Amanda on August 28th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

My daughter turned three today and we will be there for our second trip this year Dec 10th cant wait we were excited when we were there in march

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Nichole from MO on August 28th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

If you look at Disney California Adventure, the ride is going to look just like that one. You can even You tube it. This ride is new to Disney World, not new to Disney

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 29th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

You are correct, the interior is very similar.

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Lynne on August 28th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

How do you find out about the preview period? we will be in Orlando during that time – thanks!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 29th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Preview period (for all guests) opens Nov. 19. This just means that the attraction may have limited operating hours.

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Kim on August 28th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

So incredibly exciting! What a wonderful surprise to learn that Ariel will be in her new greeting spot for the December opening, and even more special that she’ll be in her fins! Thanks for making my day!

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EUGENIA on August 28th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Can’t wait to see it! Gonna be there on February 2013!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 29th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Fun!

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Jeremy on August 28th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

It was always nice when my daughter was able to say hello to Ariel at her grotto at Disneyland. Now that it’s become Pixie Hollow, my daughter loves saying hi to Tink and her fairy friends. But we’re looking forward to the new Ariel’s Grotto at The Magic Kingdom!

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mary on August 28th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

i love disney its beautiful

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Cristina on August 28th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Any idea as to when they will send out the emails for the pass-holder preview offer?

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 29th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Let me ask for an update.

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Erica on August 28th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Super excited to introduce my daughters to Ariel and hopefully Eric too!!

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Leigh-Ann on August 28th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I am really excited for this. The Little Mermaid is my top favorite Disney movie and Princess as well as my all time favorite childhood fairy tale story. She is also my families favorite Princess along with Rapunzel. I really like that they have decided to have her in her mermaid form too. We are all looking forward to seeing her and getting photos taken with her this December!

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Katie from CA on August 28th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

i miss this at disneyland!

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Emily on August 28th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Yes! I like the concept drawing for this meet very much and it looks like we wll be heading under the sea to see Ariel! Thanks!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 29th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Great to hear!

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Stephanie on August 28th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I cant wait to visit Ariel during the Princess 1/2 marathon weekend, after I finish the race!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 29th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Best of luck. Have a great race.

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Kyra on August 28th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Every time you post something new about The Little Mermaid, I am overcome with emotion and start crying. That’s good. Keep going! Maybe we can get me to cry again.:)

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 29th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I’m happy you’re excited, Kyra.

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Allie on August 29th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

This looks great! I can’t wait to meet Ariel in mermaid form again… it’s been a long time! Is there any chance that this meet-and-greet will have a Fastpass like the Mickey Mouse one? I remember the LONG lines at the old Grotto.

I agree with everyone who wants to keep Prince Eric. Please bring back Flynn Rider too, and keep Naveen out as well! I love meeting the princes. It’s one of my favorite things to do in WDW!

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Jamie on August 29th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

SOOO EXCITED! We have been waiting to see Ariel with her fins:)
We have also been holding off on booking our next trip so we would get to enjoy the Journey of the Little Mermaid. With the free dining promo in November, I couldn’t wait any longer…so we will be there Nov.23-29. Any chance there will be a preview of the ride then? Please:)

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Anita on August 29th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Waiting to plan the trip for the Passholder’s preview of the new fantasyland. Any idea when the date will be announced? Thank you!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 29th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

No info on this yet…

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Peter on August 29th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

This is indeed great news. I always make it a priority to see Ariel before any other character in the Magic Kingdom because she was the one character who gave me the confidence to meet all her other Disney character friends. I would love to be able to share that video memory on the “Share your Disney Memories” part of this site.

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katie on August 31st, 2012 at 10:12 am

Ariel is one of the best character helpers in the Kingdom Keepers so i can’t wait to see her new spot! After all i did stand in line at her old grotto for my sister!

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teresa from AL on September 1st, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I will be there nov 23- dec 2nd any change of me getting to see some of the New Fantasyland in MK

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Amber on September 10th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Any info on that Passholder Preview yet? Will I get an email/letter about it? I just bought my passes in August, so I’m new to this! Super excited though!! :D

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