Disney World Magic Kingdom Attractions - Ariel's Grotto

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Ariel's Grotto is a nicely decorated area to meet Ariel the mermaid and all of her friends! There's a lot of shade and plenty of scenic views. Ariel opens at 10am each day and is always anxious to meet all the Disney guests. Ariel is the only girl I have ever met with a tail. So far!

Ride Experience:
Take your time to pick up a snack from the close buy Shuttle Landing Snack Stand and enjoy the snack while standing in line. You can watch the kids playing in the soft-floored water area as you enjoy your snack. Ariel's Grotto is a very memorable experience for all little girls.

What Disney Says:
"Come ‘under the sea' to meet everybody's favorite mermaid in her Fantasyland® home, a vibrant grotto brimming with starfish, coral, and waterfalls. Frolic among the fun-filled fountains and play areas and even pose for a photo with Ariel herself. It's a fanta-'sea' come true."

Source: Disney World

 
Notes, Tips and/or Facts:
Ariel appeared in "The Little Mermaid," the Disney animated film that was released in 1989. Ariel's sisters are named: Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Attina, Adella and Alana.

Tribute to the 20,000 Leagues under the Sea attraction:
The 20,000 Leagues under the Sea attraction opened in 1971 and closed in 1994. This area became the staging point for Ariel's Grotto, with the original attraction queue being used for the Fantasyland Character Festival. The Jules Verne classic submarine "Nautilus" can now be found on Disney's private island "Castaway Cay." Disney Cruise Line guests can now swim and explore the "Nautilus" in the real ocean. Awesome!

Author's Comments:
I will not pass up this attraction the next time my family and I vacation at Walt Disney World® Orlando. This was a great attraction for my little girl. She still talks about it. We hung our picture of her with Ariel on her bedroom wall.

Patrick Corley

 

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