The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure Disney California Adventure



Disney California Adventure opened without any classic Disney style dark rides featuring Disney Characters. The closest it had was Superstar Limo and that didn't last long.

Eventually, it got a ride themed based on the film that jump-started the Disney Reinassance, The Little Mermaid.

This dark ride, despite the problems with it, when it opened, is a solid dark ride. Ariel's Undersea Adventure is by no means an E-Ticket, but it added an inside highly themed ride that wasn't a spinner in a park that was sorely lacking them. It takes the classic Fantasyland style approach and scales it up. The scenes are bigger and more elaborate, also including a giant animatronic Ursula, that might be the most impressive animatronic in the park.

The ride features the classic music, lingering just enough in each scene to get a taste of each moment.

The one problem with this omnimover style dark ride is its finale. It rushes through the finale, turning the final fight into a background cutout and glossing over the entire Ursula as a human storyline. Even with this, it was still a welcome addition to the park, and it remains the only Disney based dark ride in the park.

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