Ride Duration: 7 minutes
Year Introduced: Dec 2012
Height Restriction: None
This charming ride is a cross between Winnie the Pooh and It’s a Small World, in which you have a continuous moving ride system with animated characters moving to a song that will still be running through your head for days to come. After the video screens were introduced on the Finding Nemo ride at Epcot, I was a bit concerned that Disney was moving to more “virtual” type rides. I was greatly relieved when Little Mermaid opened and I found a more traditional ride.
After waiting in an amazing interactive queue, which is almost as good as the ride, you step inside Eric’s castle where your clamshell vehicle descend deep into the ocean and meet Ariel and all her friends. While the ride takes you through the entire movie as Ariel meets Prince Eric and evil Ursula. In the final scene Ariel’s father and all sea life come together to wish Prince Eric and Ariel well. Truly a great experience for all ages. Be sure to watch as Sebastian pops up in the oddest places
One note of caution, the clamshell does tilt forward and backward so ensure that everything in your pocket is secure. My brother had a camera fall out of the clamshell which required them to close the ride for a short while until it was recovered. Although the continuous ride means the line will go a little faster than others (Peter Pan, I’m taking to you), it is new and therefore Disney Day By Day recommends visitors ride this first thing in the morning or late in the evening.
A classic ride for a classic Disney Movie.