Apr 202011

When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong
Give a little whistle! Give a little whistle! — Jiminy Cricket

Do you have a Disney dilemma? Are you wondering about a certain attraction? Are you curious about a resort or a cruise? Give us a little whistle and we’ll help you sort out how to handle it. Questions should be sent to whistle@magically-speaking.com. If your dilemma is trip-related, please include when you will be traveling.

Q. We are going to Disney World in 31 days and my daughter is really wanting to meet Ariel as a mermaid. She was only six months old when she met her for the first time and now she has just turned four. She sees pictures of herself as a baby with Ariel sitting on her rock with her tail, so she keeps telling me that she wants to find her again. She has this vision of meeting Ariel sitting on her rock with her beautiful tail; however I know that Ariel’s Grotto has closed for the Fantasyland expansion. You have updated on where several other characters have moved to that were effected by this closure, but I have never noticed Ariel being one of them. Has she been moved somewhere else to meet and sign autograph books? I have already booked the Princess lunch at Epcot and I know Ariel is usually there as a human, but my daughter has her heart set on seeing Ariel sitting on her rock and she just really wants to see her tail she talks about her tail all the time! Can you please tell me if I can find her somewhere else or do I need to explain to my daughter that she will only be able to see human Ariel this trip? Thank you so much for your help, I just love your newsletter! (Submitted by Julie P.)

A. Hi, Julie! It’s difficult when your little ones get an idea in their heads about how things will be. You are right that Ariel’s Grotto is long gone from it’s prior location. Unfortunately, we’re having a hard time confirming that the tail is something your daughter will be able to see.

It appears that Ariel may sometimes appear with Prince Eric on the Adventureland Veranda, but that would most likely be an Ariel with feet, not fins. With the opening of the Town Square Theater, there is a new, albeit temporary, location for princesses. We can’t seem to fine any confirmation of Ariel’s fins being sited, there, though.

Ariel has fins when she is in the Voyage of the Little Mermaid attraction at Hollywood Studios (which we suspect your daughter would love), but she’s not going to be able to get her photo taken with her there.

So based on what we can find, it looks like your daughter should be prepared for a different experience that she’s expecting. But try to remind her that Ariel is getting a new home and maybe she will be able to get that photo op with Ariel when you return on another trip.

Q. I’m planning my first trip to a Disney park, and we’ve never flown with the kids before. What kind of ID will they need? (Submitted by Gabby P.)

A. Hi, Gabby. You are in luck as far as preparing to travel with your children goes. Until they reach 18 years old, they are not required to have a photo ID. Now we know that an older teen might have a drivers license, and that’s fine to use. But you don’t have to worry about finding something for your children. The TSA employee may ask your child a few simple questions, but no ID is necessary as of right now.

If you have questions about airport security, the TSA website (http://www.tsa.gov/) has official information on it. We hope you have a great trip!

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