Disney’s Hollywood Studios | Animation Courtyard
Opening Day: January 7, 1992
Type of Ride: Show
Age Recommendation: All ages
Duration of Ride: About 17 minutes
Typical Queue Time: Short; duration until next show
Single Rider Line: No
FastPass+: Yes, visit our FastPass+ Guide for more information on FastPass+.
Chicken Exit Available: Yes
Baby Swap Available: No
Type of Vehicle: Theater seat
Type of Restraint: None
Attraction Open During EMH: Yes; evening only. See our Extra Magic Hours page for more information.
Ride Photo Available For Purchase: No
Height Requirements: None
Flash Photography or Video Allowed: No
Shopping: Assorted costumes and other goods based on The Little Mermaid can be purchased next to Voyage of The Little Mermaid at “In Character.”
Dining/Refreshment: Near Voyage of the Little Mermaid, guests can enjoy a table service lunch or dinner in a classic Hollywood setting at The Hollywood Brown Derby. This restaurant’s upscale menu includes a Cobb Salad, beef, lamb, duck, pho, pork chops, and grouper. Drinks and small dishes can also be ordered at the adjacent Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge.
Guests wanting to dine with The Little Mermaid, Ariel, should consider making ADRs for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella’s Royal Table or Epcot’s Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, or for breakfast at the Boardwalk Inn’s Trattoria al Forno, where Prince Eric also usually appears. Be aware that Ariel is not guaranteed to appear at any of these meals, though some assortment of Disney princesses is always present.
Restroom: Facilities are situated near the Hyperion Theater.
Smoking Location: Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only. Disney’s Hollywood Studios smoking areas can be found on our Walt Disney World Designated Smoking Areas page.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid Fun Facts
Did you know?
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid uses an amalgamation of music, live actors, puppets, special effects, and clips from the movie to retell the story of The Little Mermaid. Characters appearing as puppets include Sebastian, Flounder, random sea critters, and Ursula; live performers portray Ariel and Prince Eric. The Ursula puppet is extremely large (12 feet tall and 10 feet wide) and, combined with her evil personality and smoke and lighting effects, may frighten young children. Songs include an instrumental version of “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea,” a lyrical version of “Part of Your World,” and “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid replaced the “Here Come the Muppets” stage show, which ran from May 1990 to September 1991.
- Guests are greeted by a nautical theme and some artifacts, such as King Triton’s trident, in the preshow holding room for Voyage of the Little Mermaid.
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid is one of two attractions at Walt Disney World based on The Little Mermaid, Under the Sea—Journey of the Little Mermaid at the Magic Kingdom being the other.
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid plays at scheduled times throughout the day, though shows typically start every twenty-five or so minutes.
- An entire themed land based on The Little Mermaid, “Mermaid Lagoon,” exists at Tokyo Disneyland Resort’s Tokyo DisneySea park.
Top 5 Tips for Voyage of the Little Mermaid
- Consider watching The Little Mermaid prior to your visit such as to better appreciate this attraction.
- Consider the Ursula scene before taking young children into Voyage of the Little Mermaid.
- Though FastPass Plus is available for Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror are better first choices.
- In addition to the restaurants mentioned above, guests wanting to meet Ariel can do so at the Magic Kingdom’s Ariel’s Grotto.
- Be prepared to have catchy music linger in your head after leaving the theater.