Saturday, February 1, 2014

Voyage of the Little Mermaid at Hollywood Studios

The Voyage of the Little Mermaid is a 17 minute live action show. Located in the Animation Courtyard in Hollywood Studios, the theater is a well air-conditioned, so it's perfect for a hot day. I love to watch this show; the music and special effects are delightful.

The show starts approximately every 25 minutes, so if you arrive just after a show starts, you will have about a 20 minute wait. Fortunately, the waiting area is covered, so it does offer some relief from the Florida sun. Once inside the outer room, there is a brief pre-show with one child chosen from the audience to help introduce the show. This outer room has fascinating decorations, such as old diving suits, the kind with the huge brass helmet, tridents, nets, and many more ocean related objects, so it's worth taking the time to look around.

When you enter the theater, choose a row that is partially filled, or allow others to go before you so that you can be close to the center of the row. And try to stay at lest 4 rows back from the front for the best view. After everyone is seated, the lights dim and a wonderful stage show begins.

The Voyage of the Little Mermaid is full of music, fish, and special effects. The fish, directed by Sebastian, sing Under the Sea in a fun, black light, underwater dance. Bubbles float down from the ceiling and a cool breeze blows. Ariel rescues Eric and sings Part of Your World while flipping her tail. She then goes to see Ursula, who is a huge and amazing puppet that may frighten small children. Ursula sings Poor Unfortunate Souls as Ariel gives up her voice. There are laser Ursula's on the walls and ceiling and mist falling on the audience. Parts of the movie play out on a large screen at the back of the stage. You see Ariel and Eric fall in love and scenes leading up to the final battle with Ursula. Ariel is left wishing she could be with Eric. King Triton takes pity on his youngest daughter, and magically transforms her tail into a sparkly dress so that she and Eric can live happily ever after.
If you like watching The Little Mermaid, you will enjoy The Voyage of the Little Mermaid. This is a dark show that has occasional frightening moments that may be too intense for young children. You can see the show daily, approximately every 25 minutes. Be sure to pick up a Times Guide for exact times. Audio Description, Reflective Captioning and Assistive Listening are available. This show is Wheelchair/ECV accessible.

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