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The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure is a dark ride in many of the Disney Parks, both canon and fanon parks. It based off of the feature film, The Little Mermaid (1989 version).

Disney California Adventure version

The Little Mermaid
Land Paradise Pier
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Attraction type Disney dark ride
Theme The Little Mermaid
Performers Maurice LaMarche
Jodi Benson
Kevin Michael Richardson
Corey Burton
Pat Carroll
Opening date June 3, 2011 (Grand opening)
May 26, 2011 (Soft opening
Music Alan Menken
Howard Ashman
Vehicle type Omnimover
Wheelchair accessible Yes
Assistive Listening Available Yes

The vehicles enter a shipwreck cove, A large opening in the wooden structure reveals Scuttle perched atop a set of rocks, the sun setting along the shoreline behind him. Scuttle, who is surrounded by some of the shipwreck's lost cargo, greets the guests and begins to tell them the story of Ariel and her dreams of trying to become a human. The clamshells begin to rotate backwards as they make their way out of the shipwreck's hull. The clamshells briefly travel along the shorelines of a beach, strewn with lost artifacts from the shipwreck.

With a splash, the clamshells proceed to travel underwater, utilizing an effect of a projected ocean wave passing over the clamshell in front of the rider, to simulate the feeling of traveling under the ocean. While the clamshells travel along the curve of the underwater passage, they take a slight descent to further simulate the illusion of traveling under the sea. After passing under the ocean wave, projected bubbles and waves cover the rocky walls of the underwater passage, as seaweed and coral come into view. The "Main Titles" score from the movie is heard as the descent continues. The clamshells pass under an opening in the passage, revealing an image of Ariel and Flounder staring at the ocean's surface.

The underwater passage opens to reveal Ariel in her grotto, surrounded by all of the treasures that she has collected from the human world. Throughout the scene, Ariel sings "Part of Your World", while holding a chest filled with many of her gadgets and gizmos. The scene features a completely animated Audio-Animatronic of Ariel that has animated fins, hair and facial expressions. Next to Ariel, Flounder floats along the walls of the grotto. A statue of Prince Eric is located in the corner of the grotto, implying that the scene takes place after Ariel had saved Prince Eric from the wreckage of his ship. Throughout the scene, Sebastian occasionally appears, secretly spying on Ariel by popping up behind a treasure box or by appearing behind a magnifying glass in some instances.

The clamshells leave the grotto and proceed through an underwater passage, where Sebastian tells Ariel about the wonders of being under the sea. The scene opens up to a large undersea garden, where the undersea life join in singing "Under the Sea". Sebastian conducts the number from a clamshell overlooking the garden. Many of the creatures seen in the attraction are also found in the film, such as a spinning octopus, a dancing turtle, a group of lobsters, twirling starfish, a huge blowfish, amongst many other other sea creatures playing instruments and singing along. The vehicles encircle the scene, passing by Ariel, who is dancing to the music.

The celebration fades as the clamshells pass into a dark canyon, filled with smoking geysers. The canyon leads into the mouth of a giant sea dragon, the entrance into Ursula's Lair. Flotsam and Jetsam, Ursula's pet eels, welcome the clamshells into the sea witch's lair, exclaiming that they told Ariel that Ursula would help her in reaching her dreams of becoming a human. The clamshells enter Ursula's lair, as the sea witch stands before her cauldron, singing "Poor, Unfortunate Souls". In a misty orb floating above the cauldron, images of Ariel nurturing Eric and signing Ursula's contract appear from within, as Ursula continues to sing. Ariel has made her agreement to give her voice to Ursula in exchange for legs. The clamshells proceed past the sea witch and encounter walls adorned with many of the lost souls that Ursula had collected. The bright yellow eyes of the lost souls glow brightly in the passage. The clamshells proceed through a cavernous passage adorned with lost souls, leading past an image of Ariel with a swirling vortex around her, revealing her new legs.

The clamshells slightly ascend through a rocky chamber, as projected bubbles cover the walls, simulating the illusion of rising above the ocean's surface. The clamshells then proceed to enter a tranquil, romantic lagoon, as a human Ariel and Eric are seen floating in a boat along the lagoon's surface. Sebastian sings "Kiss the Girl", as Flounder and other fishes encircle the boat, fountains of water rising out of their mouths. Low, dangling moss is suspended over the lagoon. Fireflies twinkle throughout the scene, as the moon brightly shines on the scene from the distance. Throughout the scene, Eric and Ariel lean in to kiss each other, only to have Eric back away sheepishly, leaving Ariel disappointed.

After leaving the lagoon, the clamshells pass before the silouette of a giant Ursula, who is seen in the distant ocean. Smoke arises around the sea witch, as her plans to rule the ocean went askew and she has been defeated. Next to the silhouette of the sea witch, the clamshells pass in front of a doorway to Prince Eric's castle. Seen within the doorway of the castle, a silhouette of Ariel and Eric are seen kissing. A golden orb glows from within Ariel's neck, signifying that she has regained her voice. The orb proceeds to encircle the two, creating a heart shape as Ariel and Eric kiss.

The clamshells proceed into the final scene of the attraction, where the kingdom celebrates the wedding of Ariel and Eric. Several sea creatures, Ariel's father and the king of the sea, King Triton, Sebastian and Flounder are seen in the ocean celebrating, as a married Ariel and Eric wave goodbye from a gazebo on the ocean's edge. Prince Eric's castle lies just in the distance. Fireworks explode in the sky above the scene. As the clamshells proceed back into the load/unload area, Scuttle closes off the attraction by exclaiming that Ariel had received her dream and all worked out in the end. The clamshells arrive back in the load/unload area where the guests exit the clamshells and proceed out of the attraction building.

Magic Kingdom version

The Little Mermaid
Land Fantasyland
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Attraction type Disney dark ride
Theme The Little Mermaid
Performers Maurice LaMarche
Jodi Benson
Kevin Michael Richardson
Corey Burton
Pat Carroll
Opening date Late 2012
Music Alan Menken
Howard Ashman
Vehicle type Omnimover
Wheelchair accessible Yes
Assistive Listening Available Yes

This version is called Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, but it has the same exact layout as the previous version.

The vehicles enter a shipwreck cove, A large opening in the wooden structure reveals Scuttle perched atop a set of rocks, the sun setting along the shoreline behind him. Scuttle, who is surrounded by some of the shipwreck's lost cargo, greets the guests and begins to tell them the story of Ariel and her dreams of trying to become a human. The clamshells begin to rotate backwards as they make their way out of the shipwreck's hull. The clamshells briefly travel along the shorelines of a beach, strewn with lost artifacts from the shipwreck.

With a splash, the clamshells proceed to travel underwater, utilizing an effect of a projected ocean wave passing over the clamshell in front of the rider, to simulate the feeling of traveling under the ocean. While the clamshells travel along the curve of the underwater passage, they take a slight descent to further simulate the illusion of traveling under the sea. After passing under the ocean wave, projected bubbles and waves cover the rocky walls of the underwater passage, as seaweed and coral come into view. The "Main Titles" score from the movie is heard as the descent continues. The clamshells pass under an opening in the passage, revealing an image of Ariel and Flounder staring at the ocean's surface.

The underwater passage opens to reveal Ariel in her grotto, surrounded by all of the treasures that she has collected from the human world. Throughout the scene, Ariel sings "Part of Your World", while holding a chest filled with many of her gadgets and gizmos. The scene features a completely animated Audio-Animatronic of Ariel that has animated fins, hair and facial expressions. Next to Ariel, Flounder floats along the walls of the grotto. A statue of Prince Eric is located in the corner of the grotto, implying that the scene takes place after Ariel had saved Prince Eric from the wreckage of his ship. Throughout the scene, Sebastian occasionally appears, secretly spying on Ariel by popping up behind a treasure box or by appearing behind a magnifying glass in some instances.

The clamshells leave the grotto and proceed through an underwater passage, where Sebastian tells Ariel about the wonders of being under the sea. The scene opens up to a large undersea garden, where the undersea life join in singing "Under the Sea". Sebastian conducts the number from a clamshell overlooking the garden. Many of the creatures seen in the attraction are also found in the film, such as a spinning octopus, a dancing turtle, a group of lobsters, twirling starfish, a huge blowfish, amongst many other other sea creatures playing instruments and singing along. The vehicles encircle the scene, passing by Ariel, who is dancing to the music.

The celebration fades as the clamshells pass into a dark canyon, filled with smoking geysers. The canyon leads into the mouth of a giant sea dragon, the entrance into Ursula's Lair. Flotsam and Jetsam, Ursula's pet eels, welcome the clamshells into the sea witch's lair, exclaiming that they told Ariel that Ursula would help her in reaching her dreams of becoming a human. The clamshells enter Ursula's lair, as the sea witch stands before her cauldron, singing "Poor, Unfortunate Souls". In a misty orb floating above the cauldron, images of Ariel nurturing Eric and signing Ursula's contract appear from within, as Ursula continues to sing. Ariel has made her agreement to give her voice to Ursula in exchange for legs. The clamshells proceed past the sea witch and encounter walls adorned with many of the lost souls that Ursula had collected. The bright yellow eyes of the lost souls glow brightly in the passage. The clamshells proceed through a cavernous passage adorned with lost souls, leading past an image of Ariel with a swirling vortex around her, revealing her new legs.

The clamshells slightly ascend through a rocky chamber, as projected bubbles cover the walls, simulating the illusion of rising above the ocean's surface. The clamshells then proceed to enter a tranquil, romantic lagoon, as a human Ariel and Eric are seen floating in a boat along the lagoon's surface. Sebastian sings "Kiss the Girl", as Flounder and other fishes encircle the boat, fountains of water rising out of their mouths. Low, dangling moss is suspended over the lagoon. Fireflies twinkle throughout the scene, as the moon brightly shines on the scene from the distance. Throughout the scene, Eric and Ariel lean in to kiss each other, only to have Eric back away sheepishly, leaving Ariel disappointed.

After leaving the lagoon, the clamshells pass before the silouette of a giant Ursula, who is seen in the distant ocean. Smoke arises around the sea witch, as her plans to rule the ocean went askew and she has been defeated. Next to the silhouette of the sea witch, the clamshells pass in front of a doorway to Prince Eric's castle. Seen within the doorway of the castle, a silhouette of Ariel and Eric are seen kissing. A golden orb glows from within Ariel's neck, signifying that she has regained her voice. The orb proceeds to encircle the two, creating a heart shape as Ariel and Eric kiss.

The clamshells proceed into the final scene of the attraction, where the kingdom celebrates the wedding of Ariel and Eric. Several sea creatures, Ariel's father and the king of the sea, King Triton, Sebastian and Flounder are seen in the ocean celebrating, as a married Ariel and Eric wave goodbye from a gazebo on the ocean's edge. Prince Eric's castle lies just in the distance. Fireworks explode in the sky above the scene. As the clamshells proceed back into the load/unload area, Scuttle closes off the attraction by exclaiming that Ariel had received her dream and all worked out in the end. The clamshells arrive back in the load/unload area where the guests exit the clamshells and proceed out of the attraction building.

Disneyland Philippines

The Little Mermaid: The Journey Under the Sea
Land Fantasyland
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Attraction type Disney dark ride
Theme The Little Mermaid
Performers Maurice LaMarche
Jodi Benson
Kevin Michael Richardson
Corey Burton
Pat Carroll
C.D Barnes
Opening date 2015-16
Music Alan Menken
Howard Ashman
Vehicle type Omnimover
Wheelchair accessible Yes
Assistive Listening Available Yes

This version is named The Little Mermaid: The Journey Under the Sea.

This version is similar to the version at Disney California Adventure except that the Part of Your World scene is longer, Under the Sea scene has been cut down to let in more scenes thus Poor Unfortunate Souls and Kiss the Girl arriving earlier and making room for a battle scene with Ursula and Prince Eric.

The vehicles enter a shipwreck cove, A large opening in the wooden structure reveals Scuttle perched atop a set of rocks, the sun setting along the shoreline behind him. Scuttle, who is surrounded by some of the shipwreck's lost cargo, greets the guests and begins to tell them the story of Ariel and her dreams of trying to become a human. The clamshells begin to rotate backwards as they make their way out of the shipwreck's hull. The clamshells briefly travel along the shorelines of a beach, strewn with lost artifacts from the shipwreck.

With a splash, the clamshells proceed to travel underwater, utilizing an effect of a projected ocean wave passing over the clamshell in front of the rider, to simulate the feeling of traveling under the ocean. While the clamshells travel along the curve of the underwater passage, they take a slight descent to further simulate the illusion of traveling under the sea. After passing under the ocean wave, projected bubbles and waves cover the rocky walls of the underwater passage, as seaweed and coral come into view. The "Main Titles" score from the movie is heard as the descent continues. The clamshells pass under an opening in the passage, revealing an image of Ariel and Flounder staring at the ocean's surface.

The underwater passage opens to reveal Ariel in her grotto, surrounded by all of the treasures that she has collected from the human world. Throughout the scene, Ariel sings "Part of Your World", while holding a chest filled with many of her gadgets and gizmos. The scene features a completely animated Audio-Animatronic of Ariel that has animated fins, hair and facial expressions. Next to Ariel, Flounder floats along the walls of the grotto. A statue of Prince Eric is located in the corner of the grotto, implying that the scene takes place after Ariel had saved Prince Eric from the wreckage of his ship. Throughout the scene, Sebastian occasionally appears, secretly spying on Ariel by popping up behind a treasure box or by appearing behind a magnifying glass in some instances.

The clamshells leave the grotto and proceed through an underwater passage, where Sebastian tells Ariel about the wonders of being under the sea. The scene opens up to a large undersea garden, where the undersea life join in singing "Under the Sea". Sebastian conducts the number from a clamshell overlooking the garden. Many of the creatures seen in the attraction are also found in the film, such as a spinning octopus, a dancing turtle, a group of lobsters, twirling starfish, a huge blowfish, amongst many other other sea creatures playing instruments and singing along. The vehicles encircle the scene, passing by Ariel, who is dancing to the music.

The celebration fades as the clamshells pass into a dark canyon, filled with smoking geysers. The canyon leads into the mouth of a giant sea dragon, the entrance into Ursula's Lair. Flotsam and Jetsam, Ursula's pet eels, welcome the clamshells into the sea witch's lair, exclaiming that they told Ariel that Ursula would help her in reaching her dreams of becoming a human. The clamshells enter Ursula's lair, as the sea witch stands before her cauldron, singing "Poor, Unfortunate Souls". In a misty orb floating above the cauldron, images of Ariel nurturing Eric and signing Ursula's contract appear from within, as Ursula continues to sing. Ariel has made her agreement to give her voice to Ursula in exchange for legs. The clamshells proceed past the sea witch and encounter walls adorned with many of the lost souls that Ursula had collected. The bright yellow eyes of the lost souls glow brightly in the passage. The clamshells proceed through a cavernous passage adorned with lost souls, leading past an image of Ariel with a swirling vortex around her, revealing her new legs.

The clamshells slightly ascend through a rocky chamber, as projected bubbles cover the walls, simulating the illusion of rising above the ocean's surface. The clamshells then proceed to enter a tranquil, romantic lagoon, as a human Ariel and Eric are seen floating in a boat along the lagoon's surface. Sebastian sings "Kiss the Girl", as Flounder and other fishes encircle the boat, fountains of water rising out of their mouths. Low, dangling moss is suspended over the lagoon. Fireflies twinkle throughout the scene, as the moon brightly shines on the scene from the distance. Throughout the scene, Eric and Ariel lean in to kiss each other, only to have Eric back away sheepishly, leaving Ariel disappointed.

After leaving the lagoon, the clamshells pass a big battle scene with Eric in his damaged ship versus a gigantic Ursula with a worried Ariel trapped in Ursula's hands. Eric then stabs Ursula with his ship. Then smoke arises around the sea witch, as her plans to rule the ocean went askew and she has been defeated.

The clamshells proceed into the final scene of the attraction, where the kingdom celebrates the wedding of Ariel and Eric. Several sea creatures, Ariel's father and the king of the sea, King Triton, Sebastian and Flounder are seen in the ocean celebrating, as a married Ariel and Eric wave goodbye from a gazebo on the ocean's edge. Prince Eric's castle lies just in the distance. Fireworks explode in the sky above the scene. As the clamshells proceed back into the load/unload area, Scuttle closes off the attraction by exclaiming that Ariel had received her dream and all worked out in the end. The clamshells arrive back in the load/unload area where the guests exit the clamshells and proceed out of the attraction building.

Sydney Disney Sea

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure
Land Atlantica
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Attraction type Disney dark ride
Theme The Little Mermaid
Performers Maurice LaMarche
C.D Barnes
Jonathan Freeman
Kari Wahlgren
Jennifer Hale
Tara Strong
Grey DeLisle
Jodi Benson
Parker Goris
Kevin Michael Richardson
Rob Paulsen
Jim Cummings
Tyler Maynard
Derrik Baskin
Pat Carroll
René Auberjonois
Edie McClurg
Sierra Boggess
Sherie Rene Scott
Tituss Burgess
Sean Palmer
Norm Lewis
Opening date TBA
Music Alan Menken
Howard Ashman
Glenn Slater
Vehicle type Omnimover
Wheelchair accessible Yes
Assistive Listening Available Yes

This version has the same name as the one in Disney California Adventure and has a very similar facade.

This version is significantly different than all previous versions. The most notable differences are that the ride is significantly longer as there are many new scenes, more performers than the other versions which means more characters. Also, a completely new score has been made specially for this version. This score combines musical elements and songs from the movie and the stage versions.

The vehicles enter a shipwreck cove, A large opening in the wooden structure reveals Scuttle perched atop a set of rocks, the sun setting along the shoreline behind him. Scuttle, who is surrounded by some of a shipwreck's lost cargo, greets the guests and begins to tell them the story of Ariel and her dreams of trying to become a human. The clamshells begin to rotate backwards as they make their way out of the shipwreck's hull. The clamshells briefly travel along the shorelines of a beach, strewn with lost artifacts from the shipwreck.

The clamshells proceed to a scene with Prince Eric, Grimsby, and other sailors on a wooden shiptalking about the legend of the mer-people under the sea of the kingdom, Atlantica. Then, mist appears and the sailors start to sing "Fathoms Below".

With a splash, the clamshells proceed to travel underwater through a hidden passage with bubbles and waves as seaweed and coral come into view. The clamshells pass under an opening in the passage, revealing an image of Ariel and Flounder staring at the ocean's surface.

The underwater passage opens to reveal the kingdom of Atlantica. The clamshells than move foward into the castle, revealing a concert. Ariel's sisters begin to sing, but it all comes to ruin when Ariel is missing.

The clamshells slightly ascend up with Ariel looking for Scuttle to ask him what she found which is a fork. Scuttle comes into view and says that this is really unusual which then lets Scuttle sing "Human Stuff".

The clamshells then descends again to Ariel in her grotto, surrounded by all of the treasures that she has collected from the human world. Throughout the scene, Ariel sings "Part of Your World", while holding a chest filled with many of her gadgets and gizmos with a statue of Prince Eric is located in the corner of the grotto. Throughout the scene, Sebastian occasionally appears, secretly spying on Ariel by popping up behind a treasure box or by appearing behind a magnifying glass in some instances.

The clamshells leave the grotto and proceed upwards again to find Ariel singing the reprise of "Part of Your World" to an unconsience Prince Eric.

Then the clamshells proceed downwards through an underwater passage, where Sebastian tells Ariel about the wonders of being under the sea. The scene opens up to a large undersea garden, where the undersea life join in singing "Under the Sea". Ray-Ray, Cheeks, Ink Spot, and Shelbow from Ariel's Beginning make their first appearance in the Disney Parks in this scene.

The celebration fades as the clamshells pass into a dark canyon, filled with smoking geysers. The canyon leads into the mouth of a giant sea dragon, the entrance into Ursula's Lair. Flotsam and Jetsam, Ursula's pet eels, welcome the clamshells into the sea witch's lair, exclaiming that they told Ariel that Ursula would help her in reaching her dreams of becoming a human. The eels then sing "Sweet Child".

The clamshells enter Ursula's lair, as the sea witch stands before her cauldron, singing "Poor, Unfortunate Souls". In a misty orb floating above the cauldron, images of Ariel nurturing Eric and signing Ursula's contract appear from within, as Ursula continues to sing. Ariel has made her agreement to give her voice to Ursula in exchange for legs. The clamshells proceed past the sea witch and encounter walls adorned with many of the lost souls that Ursula had collected. The bright yellow eyes of the lost souls glow brightly in the passage. The clamshells proceed through a cavernous passage adorned with lost souls, leading past Ariel with a swirling vortex around her, revealing her new legs.

The clamshells slightly ascend through a rocky chamber, which reveals a scene with Chef Louis singing "Les Poissons" while trying to catch Sebastion which the clamshells quickly change to the scene of Ariel in a bathtub in the castle, singing in her mind "Beyond My Wildest Dreams".

The clamshells then proceed to enter a tranquil, romantic lagoon, as a human Ariel and Eric are seen floating in a boat along the lagoon's surface. Sebastian sings "Kiss the Girl", as Flounder and other fishes encircle the boat, fountains of water rising out of their mouths. Throughout the scene, Eric and Ariel lean in to kiss each other, only to have Eric back away sheepishly, leaving Ariel disappointed.

After leaving the lagoon, the clamshells pass a big battle scene with Eric in his damaged ship versus a gigantic Ursula with a worried Ariel trapped in Ursula's hands. Eric then stabs Ursula with his ship. Then smoke arises around the sea witch, as her plans to rule the ocean went askew and she has been defeated.

Next, the clamshells pass in front of a doorway to Prince Eric's castle. Seen within the doorway of the castle, a silhouette of Ariel and Eric are seen kissing. A golden orb glows from within Ariel's neck, signifying that she has regained her voice. The orb proceeds to encircle the two, creating a heart shape as Ariel and Eric kiss.

The clamshells proceed into the final scene of the attraction, where the kingdom celebrates the wedding of Ariel and Eric. Several sea creatures, Ariel's father and the king of the sea, King Triton, Sebastian and Flounder are seen in the ocean celebrating, as a married Ariel and Eric wave goodbye from a gazebo on the ocean's edge. Other merfolk rise above, singing the Finale from the musical version from The Little Mermaid. As the clamshells proceed back into the load/unload area, Scuttle closes off the attraction by exclaiming that Ariel had received her dream and all worked out in the end.

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