Fire Breaks Out At Magic Kingdom’s Little Mermaid Attraction

Journey of the Little Mermaid
Credit: (L) Disney / (R) CD Howard Twitter

When you visit Walt Disney World Resort, anything can happen, and most of it is usually good. Guests see their favorite characters brought to life, blast off to a galaxy far, far away, and eat some of the best food they have ever had. A Disney World vacation is a truly magical experience. However, sometimes things happen that you don’t expect, and they are not good. For Guests visiting Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park recently, saw a sight rarely seen in The Most Magical Place on Earth — a fire breaking out on an attraction.

empty magic kingdom august 2020

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On March 12, Twitter user CD Howard (@CDHowardRX) shared a video of flames shooting out of the top of the Fantasyland attraction, Under the Sea – The Voyage of The Little Mermaid. According to Howard, the fire may have accidentally been started by fireworks that were shot off for the new nighttime fireworks show, Disney Enchantment.


As you can see, the fire broke out on the roof, outside of the attraction — which is designed to look like Prince Eric’s incredible castle. The Little Mermaid ride opened in 2011, as Disney was working on a massive expansion of the popular Fantasyland area of the theme park.

Here is more information on the attraction from the Walt Disney World website:

Revisit the classic “tail” of how one lucky little mermaid found true love… and legs.

Your underwater adventure takes you below the waves on a tour of Ariel’s gadget-filled grotto. Immersive special effects and hand-drawn animation sequences recreate each unforgettable scene. Watch Sebastian the crab conduct every singing, dancing fish in the sea. Skulk past a sinister eel-infested lair, and then cheer as Prince Eric kisses the girl.

Spot Ariel’s friends Flounder and Scuttle, her father King Triton—and Ursula the sea witch, who looms 7.5 feet tall and 12 feet wide!

Emerge from the ocean’s depths in time to celebrate Ariel’s happily ever after in a spectacular fairytale finale.

"Kiss the Girl" Scene

Credit: Disney

Thankfully, it looks like no major damage has been done. The ride is currently open and completely operational. At this time, Disney has not commented on what may have started the fire. Disney Enchantment is also still on the calendar to start as scheduled.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!