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Ariel's Grotto

This show is permanently closed. This page is retained here for historical interest.

Tucked into the joint between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland is this little garden where King Triton plays with the waters. In the back area is Ariel's permanent meet and greet location. Since she has no legs, the conditions on which guests can interact with her are more controlled. A Disneyland staff photographer will be present to take photos for later purchase and would be happy to take one for you on your camera, so don't be shy about getting in there with the others in your party.

General Information - Hide Section

    This show is permanently closed. This page is retained here for historical interest.


  • Location: Behind the King Triton fountain in the joint between the entrances to Tomorrowland and Fantasyland.
  • Date Opened: 2002
  • Date Closed: August 17, 2008
  • Capacity: The queue area can hold several hundred people but it is never that crowded.
  • # of Shows: Intermittent throughout the day
  • Characters: Ariel
  • Photos and Autographs: Yes, and an official Disneyland photographer is on hand to take photos for later purchase.
 
Time Commitment Information - Hide Section
  • Wait Times: Due to is prominent placement, lines for this meet-and-greet can get longer than usual for such things, so waiting as long as 20 minutes (or even longer) is not unusual. Don't worry about Ariel taking a break while you're in line. They'll cut off the line so that she can see everybody before leaving or she'll just leave for a moment before coming back onstage.
  • Length of Show: Varies for obvious reasons but don't expect much more than a minute with Ariel.
  • FastPass: No
  • Queue Description: The whole area is decked out to look like an undersea cove, but the queue inside of it is just a chain corral.
Access Information - Hide Section
  • Health Restriction:
  • Ride Access: Impairments of any type can be accommodated, speak with one of the cast members if needed. The queue is wheelchair and ECV accessible
  • Wheelchair Transfer:
  • Service Animals: Yes
  • Audio: No assistive devices are needed, though the character cast members are well trained in working with just about any type of impairment. Ariel is a character that is allowed to speak.
  • Weight and Size Issues:
Parenting Information - Hide Section
  • Height Restriction: No
  • Child Swap: No
  • Other Issues: Although there is no child swap, one parent may want to wait in line without the children, then the family can join again together as that parent nears the beginning of the line. This line can get long.
History and Trivia - Hide Section
  • At this location: This space was first put to use on June 12, 1957, with the opening of the Monsanto House of the Future. Built almost entirely out of plastics, the walkthrough attraction demonstrated all kinds of futuristic household appliances. It lasted until December 1967, by which time it was looking increasingly ridiculous. Though the house was removed, the landsaping and gardens remained and other than a souvenir cart being added to the area, it remained a pretty place to relax (known as Alpine Gardens, due to the view of the Matterhorn behind it) until the area was relandscaped and the King Triton fountain was added. Originally the fountain included "dancing waters" that went over the walkway but that feature was eventually turned off. In 2002 the Ariel meet-and-greet was added to the area.
  • This attraction's history: Nothing really has changed since the meet-and-greet location opened, though a portion of the queue area has since been given over as overflow queue for the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters attraction.


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