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The Little Mermaid Comes To Life at Disney California Adventure

Little Mermaid Disney California Adventure
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On June 3, the Disneyland Resort will open its’ newest attraction at the currently reconstructed Disney California Adventure.  “Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure” opens in the Paradise Pier section of the park and is located at the previous “Golden Dreams Theater” show area. The Disney Imagineers created a brand new show building for the attraction utilizes some high tech visual imagery to tell the story of the Little Mermaid.

You enter the new show building and notice the colorful mural and the clamshell Omnimover vehicle similar to the Haunted Mansion ride vehicles. The adventure begins as you begin the ride entering a boat were on your right you see the seagull, Scuttle gives and intro to the story your about to experience. Your clamshell then travels under the sea with a great visual effect tacking you into Ariel’s cave and see her with her knick-knacks as the song “Part of Your World” is played. You then travel to a the fun and enthusiastic

Ariel sing’s to Flounder and Sebastian on the new Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure. Photo Courtesy of Disney

“Under the Sea” section of the attraction were you see all the fish and sea creatures sing and dance as Sebastian leads in the song. Then the ride turns dark as you enter the lair of the evil sea witch, Ursula. As the song, “Poor Unfortunate Souls” as we see Ariel and Prince Eric in her crystal ball. Then you pass thru and see the transformation of Ariel getting legs as your clamshell exits the see and you enter the “Kiss the Girl” scene. You see Sebastian singing the song as the fish are blowing water in the air around the boat and ducks playing turtles. As you pass thru the scene you see Eric and Ariel about to kiss on the boat they are floating on. The attraction concludes with Prince Eric and Ariel on the edge of a balcony waving to her father King Triton, Flounder and Sebastian as you see Scuttle concludes the story.

The attraction will be a hit with many resort guests with such an amazing soundtrack from the Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. This was the film that revitalized the animated segment of Walt Disney Pictures and will be the stamp on the re-imagined Paradise Pier section of the park. The technology in the attraction is a mix of old and new really bringing you into the attraction. Then if you look at the little nuances such as in the “Kiss the Girl” scene at the eyes of Sebastian. The eyes are not your tradition white with black pupil eye with very little emotion transfer to the guest. Now if you look closely you can see this new video technology that is more of a video image that moves the pupil and blinks giving the audio-animatronic such feeling and emotion. This technology will also be seen next year in the attraction Radiator Springs Racers to bring the cars from the Pixar film to life.

Overall this is a big win for the resort and will be a very popular attraction in the future. So if you get a chance to go to the Disneyland Resort get on the Little Mermaid attraction and enjoy.

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography. Member of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society.

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