This week Disney is celebrating their first-ever “World Princess Week”. Princess Tiana was highlighted on day one with exciting news about a Tiana-themed playground arriving at EPCOT and details revealed for the reimaging of Splash Mountain into a Princess and the Frog theme. We’ve also heard about Princess Cinderella including the return on breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table. And did you know Princess Moana will be part of the interactive cruise experience coming to the new Disney Wish? Lastly, how about hearing from one of the Disney Princesses with Disney’s limited-time Princess Hotline. But we’ve all been told by a famous red crab that “life is better under the sea”… so, we’re swimming along with all things Ariel today! While Disney about the Disney Princess, Ariel, we can’t help but notice we’re still hearing crickets when it comes to the Disney Park stage show, “Voyage of the Little Mermaid” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Despite the increase in COVID cases in Central Florida, in the past couple of months, we have seen the return of several entertainment experiences at Walt Disney World. The return of fireworks including “Happily Ever After” and “EPCOT Forever” kicked off the excitement despite the gathering of large crowds. Live performance shows have also returned including A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor at Magic Kingdom, and Turtle Talk with Crush at EPCOT. While we’re thrilled to see these experiences back, we can’t help but wonder what the future looks like for Disney’s Hollywood Studios – “Voyage of the Little Mermaid”.
Disney Parks Blog talked about all things Ariel today from the fun Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction at Magic Kingdom, to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Little Mermaid rooms, and even special Ariel themed treats. But, no talk about “Voyage of the Little Mermaid” as we hoped.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid is one of the live stage show experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that included puppets (including an extremely massive sea witch puppet – Ursula!), theater lights, costuming, and impressive live actors. The show opened back in January 1992 and has been keeping Guests entertained for years! The attraction closed like the rest of Walt Disney World when COVID 19 struck and is still listed as “Temporarily Unavailable” on the Disney website.
Rumors are swirling that Disney is putting Voyage of the Little Mermaid to bed for good. While this may be true, Disney has yet to release a statement about the permanent closure and if/what could be replacing the show. Other notable live show experiences yet to return are Finding Nemo – The Musical over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as well as Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Are you hoping for the return of Voyage of the Little Mermaid, or are you ready for a change?