Iconic Disney World Attraction Neglected, Could Be Shut Down

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Disney World, often referred to as “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” is an enchanting destination that captures the hearts of millions of Guests every year. Disney World offers a one-of-a-kind experience that immerses Guests in a world of imagination, adventure, and beloved characters. From thrilling rides to captivating shows and unforgettable encounters, Disney World promises an unforgettable journey for Guests of all ages.

Disney World has four major theme parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In addition, Disney World is also home to two water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, as well as the Disney Springs shopping and dining district.

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Disney World is no stranger to expansion, building new attractions, updating rides, etc. Disney attractions tend to close from time to time for much-needed refurbishment. Just recently, Splash Mountain closed permanently to make way for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, which will open in “late 2024” at Magic Kingdom Park.

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In a social media post, A Disney World Guest talks about their trip to Disney and how they noticed a popular Disney attraction is going downhill. Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid is a fan-favorite. Sadly, many fans have said that this attraction is in need of refurbishment. During their ride on the longstanding Magic Kingdom ride, the Dinsey Guest noticed several animatronics were not working, and they are worried that Disney will end up replacing this attraction.

“I just got back from my two-day trip to Disney yesterday. When I was there, I noticed the Little Mermaid attraction was slowly going downhill. Some animatronics weren’t working or becoming stiffer due to age. Most notable is the first Ariel when she sings, “Part of your world.” I feel like Disney will continue to neglect this ride and others like they have until a new attraction is announced to take its place. I only say that because I don’t think new animatronics will cause the attraction to become more popular, but it would just bring a loss to Disney and won’t draw in more people. Does anyone else feel this way? Little Mermaid is a staple of my Disney trips, and I would hate to lose it.”

There have been fears that Under the Sea- Journey of The Little Mermaid could be on its way out in the future, but it wouldn’t seem to be likely at least for the next few years. Disney is already working on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and the company has teased a major expansion, titled “Beyond Big Thunder Mountain.” It seems more likely that the Fantasyland attraction will undergo refurbishment at some point, but there’s no indication that it will be closing down permanently.

While Disney World Cast Members do their best to keep the Parks clean and running smoothly, attractions from time to time may experience delays, errors, or even shut down for improvements.

What Disney attraction do you think needs to be worked on?

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.