Sub-Merged, but not Sub-Par!   2 comments

This new attraction is top-notch!

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure’ has soft opened at DCA

This past Thursday, May 26, ‘The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure’ soft opened at Disney California Adventure.

The attraction has been anticipated for about a whole year now, and I still await it’s arrival at WDW next year. Now that it’s soft opened, I’m even more anxious for it. This attraction looks phenomenal. Amazing.

At a whooping 7 minutes (give or take a few seconds), the attraction follows the story of Ariel’s quest to be part of the human world, just like the movie. The clammobiles travel under the sea in an amazing effect projected on the back of the other cars. We had seen this effect in one of the Blue Sky Cellar videos if I remember correctly, but it looks so much better on the ride. And that’s just from videos!

Once under the water, the cars encounter an amazing Ariel animatronic (AA) singing ‘Part of Your World’. The motion on this AA, and all of them for that matter, is insane. So fast, so fluid. The result is a creepily realistic looking Ariel. And the much anticipated AA hair looked so settle. Hardly, if at all, noticeable.

The cars then enter the huge, bright, colourful, and active ‘Under the Sea’ room. The infamous ice-cream hair Ariel is in there, and her hair still looks terrible. But, again, the AAs have such motion, it’s insane! Entering into Ursula’s lair, even the Flotsam and Jetsam AAs are spectacular!  The Ursula AA is perhaps the best AA WDI has put together in years. Her motion is so precise, so quick and realistic!

But perhaps the best AA scene is the ‘Kiss the Girl’ sequence, where the Ariel and Eric AAs come within inches of one another, and Eric quickly and realistically pulls away. The only thing I didn’t like with that scene was the strange fountains from the fish. They were static plastic fountains that bobbed up and down. Kinda weird to see static water, but whatever.

The next, and final scene is their happily ever after. Kind of odd to skip so much of the film and miss out on some plot. I’ve never actually seen the film, so I don’t know what happens…. The Triton AA is very weird looking in this scene. He, unlike all the other characters, has real hair, giving him a very realistic look. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t seem to fit.

The Little Mermid is being built in WDW, as well, you know!

Overall, the attraction is a technological marvel. This is a spectacular addition for DCA. It will become a classic, just as predicted. But, unlike many predicted, I don’t see it becoming an E ticket. Even I said it would become one, but now that I see it, I have to agree with those that said D. Yes, the attraction is amazing, lengthy, and eye appealing, it just doesn’t live up to E Tic qualities. But that doesn’t mean I hate it or anything. After seeing it, I’m even more excited for it to open over here in Florida.

The technology in this attraction is state of the art. No other AAs have moved like this before. The detail and quality is stunning. And the usage of the seemingly forgotten omni-mover is great! It goes to show that an attraction can be great even as an omni-mover. It may ring in the age of new highly detailed AA-filled  omni-mover attractions. I hope it does, because if they’re anything like this, then we’re in for something special.

Here’s an on-ride video:

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2 responses to “Sub-Merged, but not Sub-Par!

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  1. Very impressive, can’t wait to get back to Disneyland and see all the new stuff that’s come out!

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