Get your autograph book and PhotoPass card ready. Ariel, the star of The Little Mermaid (1989), invites you and your family to visit her in her very own Grotto — the original version at Magic Kingdom Park.

Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: The Original Ariel’s Grotto.


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  • stamphead


    Off topic but your article about the Citrus Tower inspired me tom go there when I was in Florida three weeks ago. Very friendly staff.

  • Country Bear

    Great article Werner. I wasn’t even aware that this area existed (Canadian tourist). Was this the beginning of the “Meet & Greet” location philosophy for Disney parks? Thanks.

  • Once that lagoon was drained, the Ariel meet and greet at the Magic Kingdom just looked out of place. Disneyland’s version was much more detailed and had a lovely garden and lagoon (now the home to a Tinker Bell meet and greet).

  • Amy VandenBoogert

    Great article… but you got the name of the ride wrong. At the California Adventure Park, it’s called “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure”. At the Magic Kingdom park, it’s called “Under The Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid”.

    • Werner Weiss

      Thank you! I fixed it. It’s now “Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid.”

  • JennaGarms

    Exciting! I can’t wait to take my 5 year old next Fall. Ariel is her favorite princess!!!

  • buzzyfan

    The new “Ariel’s Grotto” looks way much better then the old one, but it makes me wonder what there going to do with the “2000 Leagues under the sea” area.

    • Werner Weiss

      The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea outdoor lagoon and enclosed show building are long-gone. The entire area is being redeveloped as the New Fantasyland. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a family roller coaster, is still under construction roughly where the lagoon was located.