Voyage of the Little Mermaid Animation Courtyard Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Using a unique combination of special effects, film clips, live performances and innovative puppetry, Disney’s Hollywood Studios successfully translates the popular and acclaimed animated feature The Little Mermaid to the stage. Tucked away in the Animation Courtyard, this 17-minute show is guaranteed to satisfy mermaid-lovers, young and old.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid — The nautical theme begins as you pass through a waiting room filled with undersea paraphernalia — an old diver’s suit, fishing nets, even a fake shark! As you enter the theater, your senses are tricked into believing that you’ve been transported to a beautiful underwater world. A curtain of water showers from the stage and you’re lightly sprayed with a sea mist and gentle breeze in the murky darkness. The crusty crustacean Sebastian, along with 100 ocean friend puppets illuminated by black light, start the show with the Academy Award-winning, “Under the Sea.” You soon meet Ariel, her human love Eric, and the evil sea witch, Ursula. To move the action along, scenes from the movie are interspersed between the live performances. As in the original Little Mermaid, Ariel is eventually transformed into a human and sheds her glittery green flippers, only to find she has lost her gorgeous voice. The story concludes with the thwarting of Ursula’s wicked plan in a musical finale that’s sure to please.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid is a FASTPASS+ attraction.
This show is 17 minutes long. While crowds may gather in between start times, the theater holds quite a few people. Don’t be discouraged by large groups waiting outside; check the posted wait times. But for the best chance of seeing the show with the shortest possible wait, try to see it first thing in the morning.
Reflective captioning is available at this attraction.
This attraction is wheelchair/ECV accessible.
The elevated stage makes it tough for small children to see all the details in The Voyage of The Little Mermaid. Their best vantage point is from the lap of a grown-up. The middle or rear of the theater offers the best vantage point for viewing the entire stage and all the special effects.
During the first part of this show, you will be sprayed with a light mist, to create the illusion of being under the sea. This effect is particularly noticeable if you’re seated in the front of the theater.
HIDDEN MICKEY: The lasers at the start of the show form a Mickey head.
Restrooms and telephones are located around the corner from Voyage of the Little Mermaid, past the Animation Courtyard Shops.
Unfortunately, no characters from the Little Mermaid can be found circulating around the park at this time. However, characters from several popular Disney Junior shows make regular appearances in Animation Courtyard, across from the Voyage of the Little Mermaid theater. Consult your times guide for characters and set times.
There is no place to eat in the immediate vicinity of Voyage of the Little Mermaid.
The front of the attraction has a small merchandise shop which features Little Mermaid and other classic Disney film merchandise.
The figure of Ursula, the Sea Witch, is actually a puppet that is 12 feet tall and 10 feet wide.
During the song “Under the Sea”, more than 100 black-light puppets perform.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid features the original music from the film, created by Oscar- and Grammy Award-winning composers Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.
This show has been entertaining guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios since January 7, 1992.
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