Lightning Lane touch point at Ariel's Undersea Adventure

Themed Lightning Lane Touch Points Installed at Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

Toni Ferrigno

New Lighting Lane touch points have been added to The Little Mermaid — Ariel’s Undersea Adventure as part of the queue refurbishment.

Lighting Lane Touch Points Added to Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

The Little Mermaid — Ariel's Undersea Adventure entrance

After being added to the list of attractions as part of Genie+ at Disney California Adventure in November of 2023, The Little Mermaid — Ariel’s Undersea Adventure has gotten permanent Lighting Lane touch points.

The Little Mermaid — Ariel's Undersea Adventure new Lightning Lane touch points

The touch points are not yet in use and some are still covered. In the meantime, guests must still walk to the left and use the temporary entrance for both Lighting Lane and standby that was put in place in November. At that time, temporary Lighting Lane touch points were also installed. They are still in use as this refurbished outdoor queue area awaits reopening.

The Little Mermaid — Ariel's Undersea Adventure new Lightning Lane touch points

The touch points, where guests with Lightning Lane reservations scan into the attraction are themed to “The Little Mermaid.” This style has a color scheme that matches the attraction, a weathered marble look, and a base with rock work, shells, under-the-sea vegetation, and yellow eyes like those of Flotsam and Jetsam.

The Little Mermaid — Ariel's Undersea Adventure new Lightning Lane touch points bases

Another variety features brown rock work.

The Little Mermaid — Ariel's Undersea Adventure closed entrance

The dome that served as the entrance before Lightning Lane was introduced for the attraction currently only serves as the exit. The path under the dome that guests would walk down to enter the ride can be seen blocked off in the photo above. This will reopen once the queue is ready.

The Little Mermaid — Ariel's Undersea Adventure unopened queue

Judging by the holes on the ground, where stanchion chains will eventually be installed, it appears as though the standby queue will be to the left, with those with a Lightning Lane queuing to the right. We also noticed that newly-added concrete work matches the original pavement from when the attraction opened in 2011, complete with small seashells.

What do you think of the addition of Lightning Lane for The Little Mermaid — Ariel’s Undersea Adventure? Are you looking forward to the main entrance reopening? Let us know in the comments below.

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