Guests Are Saying That This Magic Kingdom Attraction Is In Distractingly Bad Shape

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Walt Disney World isn’t known as the Most Magical Place on Earth for nothing. That’s the property’s tagline because dreams genuinely come true while visiting Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT.

Main entrance to Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid

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For many Guests, seeing a beloved Disney character come to life is a big part of the magic.

For example, suppose someone’s favorite Disney Princess is Ariel. In that case, riding the Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction is a beautiful way to experience the magic…hypothetically, anyways…

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It’s no secret that Magic Kingdom is home to rides that have been around for decades, such as Peter Pan’s Flight, the Haunted Mansion, or Space Mountain.

The older an attraction gets, the worse it may look or feel for riders. Sometimes, Disney will do its best to maintain an attraction if it’s incredibly popular, such as the Haunted Mansion.

As for the Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction, Guests have already noticed a disappointing amount of technical difficulties for a ride that’s been operating for a little over ten years.

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One Guest took to social media to see if anyone else had noticed the attraction’s state, and almost immediately, the replies came pouring in.

Reddit user r/leoman3 added, “This has been going on for months.

Reddit user r/Liontop2228 agreed, writing “We went in late January and the final Ariel animatronic wasn’t even operating. This is after the ride was down for the first 2/3rds of the day. They need to just take the ride down for refurbishment.”

Reddit user r/FrozenFrac wrote “It’s such a crying shame. The Little Mermaid is easily my second favorite Disney movie and I hate how run down the attraction is. Would it really be all that hard to get these animatronics functioning properly?

The Little Mermaid

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It’s truly a shame that Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid is in such bad shape because the film is easily one of the most popular Disney movies. Only time will tell if Walt Disney World is willing to fix up this fan-favorite attraction.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.