Like every other Disney geek out there, I have many questions about the upcoming little mermaid ride. But the one question that’s seldom asked concerns Ariel herself. We’ve all heard that the all the audio animatronics are supposed to be ground breaking. In fact Al Lutz mentioned that among some of the breath taking special effects will be Ariel’s hair, it’s apparently going to mechanically sway and move as to create the illusion of floating in water! But what about the rest of her? Most of the AA figures have motors in their abdomen, powering their upper half while the legs are still. But Ariel has a fin, a vary fluid constantly moving fin. How are the folks going to find the space to power her upper half including her hair, while animating her tail in a realistic manner?
I think this is the perfect time for Disney to build this ride, the technology is there and the fact that it’s going in DCA is a huge plus. It’s a challenge but if it’s done the effect should be magical.