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Ariel’s Grotto Meet ‘N’ Greet

A Picture of the Sign for Ariel's Grotto outside the attraction.

In Ariel’s Grotto Meet ‘N’ Greet, guests interact with the title character from Disney’s The Little Mermaid (1989) at this elaborate meet-and-greet in New Fantasyland.

Ride Information  Restrictions  Accessibility  Location  Fun Facts  Top 5 Tips

Ride Information

Opening Day: December 6, 2012

Type of Ride: Character meet-and-greet

Age Recommendation: All ages; best for young children

Duration of Ride: About 3 minutes of interaction

Typical Queue Time: About 30 minutes to one hour

Single Rider Line: No

Chicken Exit Available: Yes

Baby Swap Available: No

Type of Vehicle: None

Type of Restraint: None

Attraction Open During Extended Evening Hours: No. See our Extended Evening Hours page for more information.

Ride Photo Available For Purchase: Yes

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Ride Restrictions

Height Requirements: None

Flash Photography or Video Allowed: Yes

Safety, Accessibility, and Guest Policies

Accessibility: Guest may remain in their Wheelchair/ECV


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Other Rides/Attractions In the Area:

This attraction is located in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland.

Shopping: Purchase various goods, including kitchenware, t-shirts, and plush dolls nearby at “Bonjour! Village Gifts” and “Big Top Souvenirs.” The former store is themed after Beauty and the Beast (1991); the latter store is themed after Dumbo (1941).

Dining/Refreshment: The nearby Prince Eric’s Village Market serves assorted fruits and dips. More-decadent snacks can be purchased nearby at Big Top Treats and Gaston’s Tavern. Guests can enjoy a substantial breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant; ADRs are highly recommended for all meals at Be Our Guest Restaurant.
Ariel often dines with guests during all meals at Fantasyland’s Cinderella’s Royal Table and Epcot’s Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. We highly recommended ADRs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at both of these restaurants. Ariel is not guaranteed to appear, though some assortment of Disney princesses is always present.

Restroom:  Find convenient restrooms near to Ariel’s Grotto adjacent to Gaston’s Tavern.

Smoking Location: Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only. Disney parks are smoke free.

Ariel’s Grotto Meet ‘N’ Greet Fun Facts

Did you know?

  • Ariel’s Grotto is an elaborate meet-and-greet attraction. Guests enter a cave amidst stunning waterfalls and pass decorative walls and ceilings before encountering the featured mermaid.
  • Ariel greets guests on her seashell chair. As a face character, she is portrayed by a Cast Member and not completely enclosed in a costume. Thus Ariel engages in conversations with guests. If your child (or you) ever wanted to ask Ariel about life under the sea, he or she can do so here! Additionally, guests can pose for photographs with Ariel, and Ariel can sign autographs.
  • Ariel’s Grotto is one of three Walt Disney World attractions based on The Little Mermaid, the adjacent Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid and Disney’s Hollywood StudiosVoyage of The Little Mermaid being the others.
  • A themed section at Tokyo Disneyland Resort’s Tokyo DisneySea Park, “Mermaid Lagoon,” is based on The Little Mermaid.

Image of a wood carving of Ariel attached to the front of a boat.

Top 5 Tips for Ariel’s Grotto Meet ‘N’ Greet

  • Consider visiting Ariel’s Grotto during early morning or late evening for a shorter wait.
  • Interact with Ariel.
  • Take some photos with The Little Mermaid.
  • Consider watching The Little Mermaid prior to your visit such as to better appreciate this attraction.
  • Show Ariel that you are a top fan!  Wear Little Mermaid ears and/or an Ariel t-shirt to have your photo look extra special.
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