Guess who just came back from “the Happiest place in the World”…Me, Me, Me!! So I have LOTS to blog about, but I thought I’d start off with a post about the inspiration for this blog…My Favorite Princess. Are YOU thinking about one of the Frozen Sisters?…nope guess again, lol
Ah…you got it…Ariel.
Thanks to the creation of NEW Fantasyland…Ariel has a proper place in Magic Kingdom. Amongst Eric’s Castle you will find a clam shell ride (Under the Sea – The Journey of the Little Mermaid) featuring many of Ariel’s friends and one majestic Ursula. Ursula totally steals the show; in my opinion…she was amazing. I found the rest of the attraction to be a little quick and had wished Ariel had as much animation as Ursula did…but still the ride is a must and I wish I could have experienced it again and again.
As you exit “Under the Sea…” you are just a few steps away from meeting Ariel herself. Now this is Ariel the Little Mermaid, not Ariel with “human legs”…but Mermaid Ariel has always been my favorite so I was just as excited or perhaps more than my 5 year old. We entered “Ariel’s Grotto” hoping for as much theming and amazement as the rest of the area (which is very cool)…but sadly I found inside her grotto to be a little lax in decor. I had wished for more fish, seashells, seaweed, treasures a trove, something…but I digress.
We waited an amazing 20 minutes to meet the wonderful mermaid. My DD, of course, beamed from ear to ear with excitement but still thinking my smile was bigger. Ariel and I had the most in-depth discussion regarding our favorite accessory. We both agreed that no mermaid should be without her “dinglehopper” and suggested that I always keep one with me at all times…for which I showed her mine, lol. She also gave me strict directions to an under the sea store where I can purchase her favorite Jellyfish gel, apparently this product is the reason her hair is so fluffy and doesn’t deflate in the Florida sun. So…as soon as I get my mermaid fins…I’m there.
Meeting Ariel was beyond Magical for me and my 5 year old. Out of all the characters I (we) met this trip, she was the most talkative. Anna was a close second (stay tuned). I could have spent more time chatting but this land mermaid had fastpasses to get too. But as Arial said…”Us redheads need to stick together”, so my new bestie and I will hang again soon.
And for those that want to know…we had fastpasses for “Under the Sea” at around 10am…directly after the ride we entered the grotto and as I said only waited 20 minutes. I am not sure how long the wait usually is, but we had to walk through a few lines of chains before hitting the end of the line. I found New Fantasyland to be rather crowded as the day progressed…so I would suggest hitting it first. As a mom…I had planned out this experience (knowing to go early), but kept it underwraps as I didn’t want to disappoint the kids if Ariel was overly-popular that moment…so to my DD this was a total surprise, she had no idea what we were even doing until we saw the amazing mermaid…so my advice…go with the flow (but with a plan) and if the moment is right…strike and enjoy the memories. Nothing is worse than a mini-mermaid melt down, lol.
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