Wednesday, March 6, 2013
New Fantasyland Review Part One: The World of The Little Mermaid
I have decided to start off my New Fantasyland review series not with what you may first see when entering the new area of the park, and not with what I was necessarily most excited about seeing when I first got to visit, but with what I was definitely most impressed with when I was leaving. Now, I have always been quite indifferent to the Little Mermaid, didn't hate it didn't love it, but I was absolutely amazed by what Disney was able to do with this area of the Fantasyland expansion. To start off, Ariel's home is located just a short walk from the new enchanted forest that is home to Beast's castle and Belle's village. What is very impressive is the way that the scenery seemingly blends together in a way that makes the transition from an enchanted forest to a seaside castle very smooth.
What really steals the show of the landscape in this area is Prince Eric's castle. Pictures can not do the architecture of this structure justice. It is very beautiful and provides a great addition to the landmark castles that call the Magic Kingdom home.
Located through winding caverns beneath Prince Eric's castle is Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. Do not get scared off by long lines and wait times, because this attraction is well worth the wait. Also, it is quite and interesting queue so the wait really doesn't seem as bad as it looks. Once again Disney is implementing the interactive queue and they nailed it here. After you make your way through a few winding paths you find yourself in what is supposed to be an underwater area. In this area Ariel has left behind letters and you can see various trinkets that she has left behind. There are also several screens where guests can interact with animated crabs that are looking for sunken treasure. The queue ends with a great animatronic of Scuttle talking to guests. Overall Disney did a great job with this queue
This attraction was a definite breath of fresh air. It is a good throwback to the classic Disney dark rides of Fantasyland (looking at you Peter Pan, Snow White, and Mr. Toad). That being said, I feel Ariel and company take this to a whole new level. This ride is a little bit lengthier than say Peter Pan, and the scenes and music that are depicted are absolutely perfect.
The kiss the girl was definitely one of the highlights of the attraction. A song that everyone loves and Disney did an unbelievable job creating this scene. Everything about this scene is perfect.
Another highlight was without a doubt the Ursula animatronic. This thing is HUGE and very impressive.
Finally, a very well put together scene is the under the sea section of the ride. There are several impressive animatronics of Sebastian in this area.
To round up this area of Fantasyland I have to mention that Ariel's grotto has also moved here. As before, this is basically a place where you can wait for an ungodly amount of time to meet Ariel in her own environment.
The Little Mermaid theme was definitely and surprisingly my favorite addition in the New Fantasyland expansion. The landscape and scenery is absolutely delightful and Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid is a great attraction to go along with the already impressive land. I hope you all get the opportunity to visit this soon and I know I can not wait to get back! I am looking to have the next part of the New Fantasyland review up soon!
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