King Triton Joins Cast of Characters at The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

King Triton – who is Ariel’s father – has taken his place on top of the main archway in front of the upcoming attraction, The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, in Disney California Adventure park. The statue itself is 76 inches tall. You’ll probably recognize him. He’s the same Triton who once appeared near the Little Mermaid meet-and-greet area in Fantasyland. He was moved when that space became Pixie Hollow. Walt Disney Imagineers knew the Little Mermaid attraction was the perfect new place for him. He even inspired the design of Ariel’s sisters as classic bas-relief figures on the archway’s face. They will complement King Triton on the arch.

Check out this video of King Triton being moved to his new home.


  • I just visited Disneyland in Oct 2010 and was disheartened to see that what was Ariel’s Grotto in Fantasyland was removed and only remnants of the display were left. This was a big thing for me growing up and I loved sharing that place with my kids for pictures. After seeing this video I am so happy to see King Triton has been “Recycled” and given a new home to shine and dazzle guests!

  • Just in case anyone has not heard, it was just announced on the DisneyParks blog that the Little Mermaid ride will open June 3rd.

  • …Hmmm, after looking at old pictures, it may not be a new trident after all, still the water holes are gone at least. 😉 🙂

  • It’s amazing starting to see the little details that are going up on the Ariel’s Undersea Adventure building. I’m going to stop by Disney California Adventure this Sunday just to check this out. How exciting!!!!!!

  • I wonder who carves/creates such things. Imagine being the artist who made that spectacular piece and being able to spread such joy in people’s hearts through your art. It’d be neat to see it in action and know it was your work!

  • …I also noticed that they gave him a new trident, since the previous one that he had shot out streams of water.

  • Its very cool that imagineering was able to recycle that statue.

  • I’ve never been too excited for DCA, but with all the new rides going in and Cars Land, I am now making plans to go to DCA Summer 2012 with my grandson. 🙂

  • What version of “Tour of the Kingdom” is that on the video? It sounds different from the one on my soundtrack!

  • i cant wait!!!!! im going to Disney this October. to bad that it wont be open when i get there. oh well, just another excuses to go back!! 🙂

  • Can’t wait for this wonderful new Disney Adventure to open so I can share this with my Grandchildren. 🙂

  • Very cool video! Hey Patrick, could you make another one so we could have him in both parks?

  • I’m so happy he’s back! I was really disappointed when they took him out. I loved it when the water would shoot back and forth across the walkway when I was a kid.

  • so he is no longer in the disneyland park? thats a bummer my brother and I used to have our picture taken with him in the back ground every year as a child.

  • I am the artist who created the original clay sculpture of this King Triton piece back in the mid 90s and I am really proud to see it’s triumphant return. The piece was 6 feet tall from his waist to the top of his head and I used a little more then a pallet of Roma Plastilina clay which made it’s weight well over 200 lbs. It was a great piece to work on and one of my favorite projects with Walt Disney Imagineering.

  • I am so excited for this ride!!! Isn’t is supposed to open soon?

  • Thank you for posting this video. It is so exciting to see how the new additions are coming along and to see how they are building the magic. I can’t wait for it to open!

  • It’s good to see King Triton back. I wonder if the statue of Ariel that was also with her father in her old Meet and greet will be at her new ride as well.

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