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Animation Turns into an Attraction at Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

One of the highly anticipated attractions coming to New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park is Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid.

The attraction, a seaside grotto beneath the castle of Prince Eric, is where guests enter the world of Ariel and her friends for an adventure filled with songs from the classic film. But you don’t have to wait until it opens to take a look inside. Walt Disney Imagineering just shared this video with us, in which Imagineer Eric Miller explains how the team is creating a realistic underwater environment for Ariel that’s inspired by the film.

This amazing and detailed process involves sketches, models, computer technology, construction and artistry. See for yourself!


  • I cannot wait to see the Fantasyland expansion. Hope it’s at least partially ready when we go in September 2012!

  • Will the attractions in the new Fantasyland unfold as they are ready for the public or is Disney planning a grand opening of the entire section? We’ll be there again in late spring of next year – is that too early to experience any of the new attractions?

  • Is the New Fantasyland going to open up as attractions are completed or will there be a Grand Reopening when everything is done?

  • I can not wait to see this. The little mermaid was my favorite story as a child, then Disney brought it to life in a way that was so magicel and beloved. When does the attraction open? I have to start planning my next Disney vacation now…

  • When does it open? Is it near the new Beast and Belle Castle? When do those open?

    • New Fantasyland opens in phases beginning in late 2012.

  • Will it be ready in 70 days? No? Well then I guess we’ll have to book another vacation to see it next time! Thanks Disney for making our family vacations the BEST!!

  • I couldn’t be more excited for this attraction! The Little Mermaid was my favorite movie when I was young, and now, it’s so exciting to see it come to life as an adult.

    By the way, I love that quick peak of Ursula’s lair at the end of the video! I admit I love the sea witch!

  • This looks great! Can’t wait!

  • Looks great, too bad it’s a 1yr late. They should have had this open same time as California Adventures version.

    Plus Disney World needs a version of Carsland. Seems like the west coast is getting some incredible improvements year after year, and Disney World is getting some meet n’greets and a little snow white mine train, yet loosing a the snow white classic ride. Doesn’t make sense.

  • Love this video! Can’t wait to visit WDW to see the Fantasyland expansion when it’s all done.

    • Thanks, Adam. I’m looking forward to it, too!

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