Voyage of the Little Mermaid
The Voyage of the Little Mermaid mixes a live Ariel with puppets (and some film) to retell the story from the movie The Little Mermaid (with some changes to get it done in 17 minutes). Stepping into the theater is like travelling down to Ariel's home under the sea, as the screen in front of the stage is a cascade of water. Through the show, over 100 puppets will be used and special effects will immerse you in the story being told.
- Location: To the left after you enter the Animation Courtyard.
- Date Opened: 1/7/1992
- # of Shows: Every 20 minutes
- Characters: Yes, most of the characters from The Little Mermaid.
- Photos and Autographs: No
- Wait Times: If you don't have FastPass, it may be necessary to wait one show before getting in. If you do use FastPass, keep in mind that for shows, the "return window" is in force. If you show up late, you may not get in and you can't use it for a later show. This show is open during evening Extra Magic Hours but not the morning version.
- Length of Show: 17 minutes
- FastPass: Yes
- Queue Description: Just a chain corral outside the theater.
- Health Restriction: None
- Ride Access: The theater is wheelchair and ECV accessible.
- Wheelchair Transfer: Not necessary
- Service Animals: Yes
- Audio: Assistive listening devices and reflective captioning devices are available for this show from Guest Services.
- Weight and Size Issues: Should be none
- Height Restriction:
- Child Swap:
- Other Issues:
- At this location: When the park opened in 1989, this theater was used to show trailers of upcoming Disney movies to park guests just finishing the Studio Walking Tour. In May 25, 1990, a stage show called Here Come the Muppets opened using the same character costumes that could be seen walking around the park. This show was supposed to be just the beginning of an increasingly close relationship (if not outright merger) between Walt Disney Company and the Jim Henson Company. Unfortunately, Jim Henson died just a week before this show opened and the relationship between the two companies soon soured. The show lasted only sixteen months to September 2, 1991. MuppetVision 3-D had opened that previous May, making this show somewhat redundant. The Voyage of the Little Mermaid was the next show in the theater.
- The Attraction's History: The show remains essentially unchanged from when it opened in 1992.
- Other Trivia:
- Ursula is big: The Ursula puppet used in the show is 12 feet tall and almost 10 feet wide.
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