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

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.


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

  • Hannah–
    The ride will open at Disneyland June 3rd.

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

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

  • 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 🙂

  • Yes, it opens less than two months!

  • 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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 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?!

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

  • 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!

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

  • Can it be June 3 already, PLEEEEAAASSSEEE?

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

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

  • My kids are going to love it!

  • Very cool!
    Thanks for the video. 🙂

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