First Look at Nearly Completed Pieces of “Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid”

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The video from this post on the Disney Parks Blog gives a great look at some of the figures and scenes from the Disney California Adventure version of “Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid” which will be a part of new Fantasyland in 2012:

I know “The Little Mermaid” fans have been eagerly awaiting the opening of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure park. I’ve been waiting since I first saw the movie back in 1989! There are three other people who’ve also been hoping that someday a Little Mermaid attraction would open at Disney Parks: legendary Disney animators Glen Keane, Mark Henn and Andreas Deja. These three talented men are some of the creative minds behind all those lovable characters in the movie.

Recently, Walt Disney Imagineers Larry Nikolai and Chris Crump gave the animators a tour of the new attraction. I was lucky enough to also be on this tour, along with a crew from D23 magazine. You can read their extensive article in this month’s issue and here.

In this video you get to see a rare Disney moment: animators seeing their work come to life in a Disney Parks attraction. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And remember, The Little Mermaid~Ariel’s Undersea Adventure opens at Disney California Adventure park on June 3.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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Rebecca DuBois
Rebecca DuBois

Creepy Ariel is still creepy. Every single one of the animatronics looks amazing, it's just that one Ariel looks so out of place. I hope they find a way to make her movements more fluid…

Brandon Struve
Brandon Struve

Agreed. Everything looks great, but Ariel still looks weird.