PHOTOS, VIDEO: Live-Action Ariel Arrives for Meet and Greet at Disneyland

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PHOTOS, VIDEO: Live-Action Ariel Arrives for Meet and Greet at Disneyland

Princess Ariel as she appears in the live-action “The Little Mermaid” now has a limited-time meet and greet at Disneyland Park.

Live-Action Ariel Meet and Greet

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The meet-and-greet is set up on the promenade near “it’s a small world.” The queue is decorated with seashell and flower banners.

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Ariel is appearing in her blue “Kiss the Girl” dress and light pink boots.

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She arrived carrying a rattan box, which she then set down on the meet-and-greet set.

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The set includes a cabinet of some of her “thingamabobs,” a bunch of maps, and her father’s trident.

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A mermaid made of colorful glass emerges from a wave and arches over the set.

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Ariel has pearl accessories in her red locs.

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You may also spot Ariel’s friend, Scuttle, perched at the meet-and-greet.

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Watch our video of Ariel below.

A live-action Ariel meet and greet also opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida today and a musical street show featuring Ariel has begun at Disneyland Paris.

Are you excited to meet Princess Ariel at one of the Disney Parks? Let us know in the comments.

Live Action “The Little Mermaid”

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Oscar-nominated Rob Marshall, known for his work with “Chicago” and Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” directs “The Little Mermaid.” The remake stars Halle Bailey as mermaid princess Ariel, Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian the crab, Awkwafina as diving bird Scuttle, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Javier Bardem as King Triton, and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula. Noma Dumezweni will portray the new character Queen Selina, Eric’s mother.

The full trailer debuted during the Oscars, and a teaser trailer was released in April. Alan Menken, who wrote the score for the original 1989 “The Little Mermaid,” made some lyrical updates for the live-action remake, with help from Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“The Little Mermaid” will be released in theaters on May 26, 2023. Bailey and Jodi Benson, who voiced the animated Ariel, united at the film’s premiere.

This wasn’t the first time that Bailey and Benson had interacted. According to the LA Times, Benson makes an on-land cameo in the film and was on set for the filming of “The Little Mermaid.” Benson was a source of on-set support for Bailey. “She told me how proud she was of me and how I’m handling everything, and encouraged me to just go for it,” Bailey said regarding Benson. “I appreciate her for being so warm and welcoming to me because she’s the GOAT, and it was important to me to get her stamp of approval.”

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  • Shannen Michaelsen

    Shannen has been a Disney Parks fan and lover of dogs since childhood, despite Pluto's attempt to eat Shannen's Minnie Mouse doll the first time they met. They've made up now. You can email Shannen at shannen@wdwnt.com.