PHOTOS & VIDEO: Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid Ride at Magic Kingdom Re-Opens with Significant Changes

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After being closed for a little over a month now, Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid at the Magic Kingdom re-opened yesterday with all of the changes we reported would be on the way several months ago:

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 A lot of black light is used in the ride now, and static fish figures have been added in some places

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The Under the Sea sequence uses a lot of black light now, used to hide the lighting rigs and such above

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 There are also some static fish figures hanging in this section of the ride now

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The human figures in the later scenes also received “real” flowing hair, opposed to the old rubber hair they once sported

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Here’s our video of the ride with the changes in place:

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Matt
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Matt

Still needs a better ending. Ursula’s defeat shouldn’t be a cardboard cut out.

Charles
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Charles

And the static fish should be animatronics that “swim” (wiggle). Seems like there were a lot of missed opportunities to make this ride more immersive. Pun intended.

Rachael
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Rachael

so how is this different from the California ride? Will the California ride be changed too?

Kurt
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Kurt

Makes me long for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea…