Take 5: The Little Mermaid~Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Celebrating the Art of...Larry Nikolai and Chris Crump

With the grand opening of The Little Mermaid~Ariel’s Undersea Adventure quickly approaching on June 3 at Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort, we wanted to take a look back at the progress Walt Disney Imagineers have made and some fun events we’ve hosted to give Guests an inside look at the attraction’s progress.

Take 5: The Little Mermaid~Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

Celebrating the Art of…Larry Nikolai and Chris Crump – We recently “Celebrated the Art of….” two Walt Disney Imagineers and creative minds for the new little mermaid attraction, Larry Nikolai and Chris Crump.

Guests at “Little Mermaid Meet-Up” Enjoy Rare Opportunity to Meet Imagineers, Animators – Earlier this month the Disneyland Resort hosted the “Little Mermaid Meet-up” and Guests were given the rare opportunity to meet the Walt Disney Imagineers and animators that are working on the new ride.

“The Little Mermaid” Animators Tour The Little Mermaid~Ariel’s Undersea Adventure Attraction at Disney California Adventure Park – In this video, we shared with readers a special moment: animators seeing their work come to life in a Disney Parks attraction.

The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure Time Lapse – To give our loyal readers an update on the progress of The Little Mermaid~Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, we shared a time lapse video which shows the façade of the new ride in various stages of construction.

Ursula Moves Into Her Lair at Disney California Adventure Park – Come with us behind-the-scenes as we showed you Ursula being installed, and meet some members of the amazing team of Walt Disney Imagineers who brought Ursula to “life.”


  • You Imagineers are doing Walt Proud. This will be another Fantastic Ride im sure…

  • Is it a water ride? It really has no reason not to be.

  • Awesome! I’m so excited for Little Mermaid. Will there be any ride previews?? For annual passholders?? 😉

  • i wish i could be there for the opening day…i just cant afford it…and i have a very important person in my life having surgery the same day…what a day…i live and breat ariel too…wish i could just win the lottery or something so i can get a season pass and just drive down and see her as much as i possiblby can….see you in november i hope…its gonna be wild

  • Danielle: it’s not a water ride, it’s a dark ride like Snow White, Pinocchio, and Peter pan, but uses the Omnimover technology like Haunted Mandion. A very good reason for it not being a water ride is it’s location: it is now in place where the Golden Dreams theater used to stand. To revamp the whole structure to make it a water ride would have been a nightmare, I’m sure.

    Its’s getting down to the wire, will there be any soft openings or AP previews? I think the excitement for this ride rivals the new Star Tours. Also, is there going to be any special merchandise available when the ride opens?

  • No, there is literally not one drop of water on this ride..

  • As others have said, no, it is not a water ride. It does not need to be, and that is really out of necessity;

    IF it were a water/boat ride like Pirates of the Caribbean or Splash Mountain, it would not make any sense at all. Because if we were watching a scene that supposedly takes place underwater it would not make sense when we ourselves would be floating on the real water’s surface.
    Therefore, for a real water ride to make sense, it would have to not feature any “under the sea” scenes at all. And for The Little Mermaid, that would be very restricting.

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