A Closer Look at The Little Mermaid- Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

The Little Mermaid is one of my all-time very favorite movies. Yes- I realize that this is a cartoon and that I am an adult. However, ever since The Little Mermaid first debuted in theaters, I have had a thing for the tale of Ariel.

I have watched the movie many times throughout my life and it never gets old. I have shown The Little Mermaid to Raileigh along with just about every other animated Disney feature. It was evident early on, though, that Ariel was her favorite as well.

I have been following the construction of The Little Mermaid- Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at the Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort quite closely. The ride is slated to open in just a couple of months (June 3rd, 2011 to be exact), and oh how I wish that I was going to be there. However, since I am well aware that won’t be happening, I am soaking up every possible detail of the ride that I can.

The addition of The Little Mermaid– Ariel’s Undersea Adventure is part of the big plan for the expansion of Disney California Adventure Park. Several new attractions have already been added since that expansion was announced. The Little Mermaid ride will join recently added Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Toy Story Mania!, as well as several others.

It takes a lot of time, planning, and imagination to bring each new ride to life. Take a look at a small snipet of what all has gone into the creation of The Little Mermaid– Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.

Recently, I also came across another video that features some of the Imagineers that are working on this brand new ride. It talks about one of the challenges that they have faced during the creation of The Little Mermaid– Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. The Walt Disney Imagineers have worked incredibly hard to make the ride feel as if it is truly transporting you into Ariel’s Undersea World. No detail goes unnoticed. This includes Ariel’s hair. They had to figure out how to make her hair look as if it were in water when that is actually not the case.

Check out this really interesting video in which the Imagineers discuss how they solved this issue and made Ariel’s hair look as if it is actually surrounded by water.

If you’re lucky enough to live anywhere near Disney California Adventure Park, be sure to pencil in June 3rd on your calendar. I just know that you will not want to miss opening day of The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure!


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