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Posted by on Oct 23, 2012

NEW Fantasyland’s Journey of the Little Mermaid Review

Author and photos: Nick the Disney Devo

The other day, my wife and I had an opportunity to see a preview of “Enchanted Tales with Belle”. Then, a couple of days later, we had the good fortune to be among the first guests to see a “dress rehearsal” for the New Fantasyland!
Let’s take a look at what is arguably the main attraction here, “Under the Sea, Journey of the Little Mermaid”.

Please note, I will be taking us under the sea, looking at the queue and several scenes from the attraction itself, so if you want to be surprised, please read no further!

Our adventure begins outside the castle…

…and continues into some nearby caves…

…where we find treasure…

as well as other, not pictured surprises! I don’t want to give away ALL the fun!

We continue under the castle…

…and out into our loading area, the docks, to take us fathoms below!

We board our clam mobile.
This ride vehicle is very similar to the vehicles in “The Seas with Nemo and Friends”, so I am assuming it is an all ages ride with no restrictions.

A neat effect takes us underwater, and we begin to see Ariel’s journey to meeting her prince, and becoming human.
“Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat”?

We are treated to the hit songs from the beloved cartoon, “under the sea.”

The ride isn’t without a villain, as all good tales should have a good protagonist. We come upon Ursula singing about “poor unfortunate souls”.

Prince Eric is urged by Sebastian to “kiss the girl”.

To be honest, the scene that comes next, where Ursala is done in, is a little lacking, in my opinion.
I didn’t even get a picture, as I thought the rather cheap looking effect was simply a transition from what had been up to this point, top notch animatronics. I was wrong, however, but at least we have a strong finish featuring King Triton and Sebastian.

And finally the happy couple.

At the end of the day, this is just a dark ride, but one done on a large, and more wondrous scale, and is a delight for the entire family.

Enjoy!

Nick the Disney Devo is a frequent contributor to the Disleelandia Blog, where he discusses Disney collectibles. 

Hi, I'm Nick the Disney Devo, (short for Devotee). I've been a Disney devotee for a majority of my life, starting with the animated classics. My first trip to Walt Disney World was in 1992, and I was such a fan, I became a Cast Member for a few years at a local Disney Store. My wife and I joined the Disney Vacation Club in 2007, and it was one of the best decisions we've ever made. We've also been to Disneyland, my favorite park, several times, as well as a Disney Cruise on the Wonder to Alaska. I hope my love of Disney shows in my articles.

2 Comments

  1. When I rode the DCA version in California, each of the 3 times I rode it (over the course of 2 days and not when it was brand new), the ride was ruined by constant flash photography. Am wondering if you had that experience in WDW?

  2. I actually didn’t notice, I didn’t use a flash, which is why I only had a few usable pictures to share, and even they are questionably good. I will pay closer attention on our next trip as to whether or not this is an issue.
    Nick

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